Thursday, October 10, 2013

Maker Faire Louisville: Recap

Louisville Mini Maker Faire

Louisville Mini Maker Faire last weekend was a huge success and tons of fun!  Makers from all over Louisville were out showing off their talents.  Robots, roller coasters, exploding watermelons, Lego building, and remote controlled Colonel Sanders were in abundance as participants enjoyed using their imaginations to create, build, and empower. 

D.I.Y. Louisville members set up a booth to showcase art and craft demonstrations throughout the day.  Em Dash Designs hosted a tissue paper flower make and take, Craft E Magee showed participants how to make an easy iron on transfer with crayons, and I brought along metal stamping tools to make initial necklaces for those who stopped by our booth.

One of the most exciting demonstrations from our day came from Miss Happy Pink who graciously built and set up a tabletop screen print press and created a new print just for Maker Faire.  The print says, “I make Louisville better by ____.” and encouraged us all to think about how we positively impact our community.  Awesomeness.  We all loved taking our turn using the press.

So many of our members were participating in the faire volunteering, selling handmade wares, and working with kids to create art pieces from what would otherwise be considered junk.  Fellow D.I.Y. Louisville member Lynn from Good Garbage was one of the many event organizers who put heart and soul into making this event a reality for our city.  I am so grateful for their hard work.

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Did you go to the Louisville Mini Maker Faire this year, or have you been to a Maker Faire in your city?  Share your experience with me in the comments below.  I hope to see more participants join us next year for an even bigger, better event!

Happy making, DIY’ers!