Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2013

This year I had the pleasure of attending the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire held at the PNE Forum. It was so great to see this small faire in its second year, and all the excited and enthusiastic people wandering around, learning about robotics, crafting, crazy musical instruments, and so much more. Here are a few of the highlights of the faire. Enjoy!

Blim was a returning exhibitor who set up a Print Your Own Shirt Station. They provided the materials, and for a fee of $30, you could print your own American Apparel t-shirt. Here we have a soon to be satisfied customer applying paint to the screen with assistance and direction from the Blim team.

Blim, Print Your Own Shirt Station

Pulling the paint over the image for an even distribution.

Blim, Print Your Own Shirt Station

A young maker silk screening a t-shirt.

Blim, Print Your Own Shirt Station

The finished product; an amazing, handmade, silkscreened t-shirt. She did an awesome job.

The Vancouver Lego Club was showing off some of their crazy designs. The VLC invites other Lego enthusiasts to come down, pick their own block, and build fantastic and wondrous scenes.

Vancouver Lego Club - Crawler Town

Crawler Town roams the barren wastes of a post steam-punk world after cataclysmic climate change do to excessive coal use. Several such cities exist but Crawler town is the most popular due to the Aero 500 hydrogen fuel cell Air races that are held.

Vancouver Lego Club - Crawler Town

Vancouver Lego Club – Crawler Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Symmetry Group with their giant origami structures.

The Symmetry Group

The Symmetry Group uses methods from modular origami, computer-aided design and manufacturing, and mass produced industrial materials to create architectural origami.

And one of the show stoppers by far, Colin Johnson’s The Emperors Cabinet. Colin who makes wooden toys with a sci-fi, steampunk inspired twist was a highlight of the 2013 Mini Maker Faire.

Colin Johnson, The Emperors Cabinet

Colin Johnson created this beautiful Wooden AT-AT dubbed “The Emperors Cabinet.” It is five feet tall, made of brass and mahogany, and houses a wet-bar.

Colin Johnson, The Emperors Cabinet

Colin Johnson, The Emperors Cabinet

 

Colin Johnson, The Emperors Cabinet

Colin Johnson, The Emperors Cabinet

Cynthia Varady

Cynthia Varady

Cynthia is an award-winning writer and co-owner of the book review and writing website, DuelingLibrarians.net. She currently resides in Northern California with her husband and son. When she's not toddler chasing or writing, Cynthia can be found reading, playing video games, or baking. Cynthia has her BA in English Literature from Sonoma State University, and a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Occasionally, Cynthia does voice acting for casual video games, and is the voice of Stella from the Aveyond series. Presently she is working on a young adult fantasy novel.

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