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2015 saw us celebrating our 5th Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. Each year the number of exhibitors and presenters increases, and this year’s Makers List included some wonderful new Makers joining us, along with many returning Makers bringing new projects. Our Presentation Series spanned topics as diverse as 3D Printing, using Minecraft in education, copyright law, and the making of the “Star Wars Epic Yarns” series of books. This year’s Workshop Series offered attendees of all ages the opportunity to learn, among other things, the secrets of illuminated letters, how to make a mold for resin casting, and how to create natural dyes from local plants.

We’re already hard at work planning the 2016 event! If you’d like to be a 2016 VMMF Maker, please sign up here to receive an email notification when our exhibitor applications open January. If you’d like to volunteer at the show, please fill in this very short form.

What makes a Maker?

The Maker movement encompasses a diverse range of disciplines, and welcomes Makers from all walks of life! Makers are tech enthusiasts, metal artists, homesteaders, painters, potters, 3D printing enthusiasts, knitters, roboticists,  -anyone embracing the Do-It-Yourself (or Do-It-Together!) ethos. The maker community is expanding, diverse, and inclusive.

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Vancouver Mini Maker Faire welcomes a broad range of ideas and projects, and past VMMF Makers have showcased (among other things) large tapestries, metal sculptures, cosplay costumes, robotic dogs, paintings, human-powered vehicles, jewelry, 3D printing projects, blown glass and lampwork, and textile art pieces. VMMF encourages Makers to incorporate a hands-on element to their exhibit, and as a result fair attendees have had the opportunity to try their hand at activities like felting, candle-making, robot building, soldering, letterpress, 3D printing, laser cutting, leather working, spinning, lampwork, button making.

A Brief History of Maker Faires:

The launch of Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006 demonstrated the popularity of making and interest among legions of aspiring Makers to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “Makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. In 2014, 119 independently-produced Mini and 14 Featured Maker Faires occurred around the world, including Tokyo, Rome, Detroit, Oslo and Shenzhen.Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance, and craft.Maker Faire is brought to you by Maker Media.  Maker Media publishes Make: magazine, produces Maker Faire, and offers DIY electronics, tools, kits, and books through its online and pop-up Maker Shed stores.