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2014 Workshop Series

With two separate workshop zones this year, the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire’s Workshop Series promises a diverse and exciting line-up! Whether you want to learn to build a robot, take part in a little bit of craftivism, have a lesson in upcycling, or learn some old-school letterpress skills, we’ve got something for you!

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A select number of seats to each workshop are available for pre-registration online. To register in person at the Faire, visit the Vancouver Maker Foundation information booth. Spaces are first-come, first served, so don’t delay!

Note: Prices below do not include GST.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 7th, 2014


11:00-11:30   Growing With Lego

 

Growing-With-Lego-#1 $15; ages 3-12 (children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult).Build a mini-pot out of lego, and grow things in it! We’ll build a lego-block container, and then use an organic coir made from grasses to plant microgreen seeds. We’ll water it and put it in a baggy so kids can take it home. Expect the seeds to germinate within a day or two, and harvest your first edible bounty in just 8-10 days!.About the instructor: Judy Kenzie is a life long gardener and advocate for food sovereignty. Inspired by her youngest son, Judy came up with the idea for Growing with Lego as a way to get kids engaged and inspired about growing and eating real food. All her classroom sessions were booked up within a few days and a waiting list remains. Judy is now preparing for a teacher workshop to help spread the fun.

11:00-11:50   Get Started With Crochet 

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learn-to-crochet $15; ages 16 and up
.Learn the basics of crochet: how to select and hold a crochet hook, how to chain stitch, and how to single crochet. Participants will receive all materials needed to begin to crochet a scarf or dishcloth (yarn and crochet hook); however you are welcome to bring your own yarn. A 5mm crochet hook and worsted weight yarn is recommended..About the instructor: Natalie Gagnon is the Founder & Creative Director of Nattypat Crochet, a graphic designer, and an instructor in Simon Fraser University’s publishing department.

12:00-1:00   Crochet For Kids

 

Crochet-For-Kids $10; ages 8 and upbIntroduce your child to crochet with just the basics—a crochet hook, small amount of yarn, and helpful guidance. In this one-hour kid-friendly class, your child will learn to hold a crochet hook, do the chain stitch, and walk away with a cute necklace or bracelet they can proudly wear. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Parents are encouraged to attend and support their child..

About the instructor: Natalie Gagnon is the Founder & Creative Director of Nattypat Crochet, a graphic designer, and an instructor in Simon Fraser University’s publishing department.


12:00-1:00   Puppet-Making

 

Puppet-Making $10; ages 7 to adult.Using recycled materials, participants make a simple puppet with a mouth that opens and closes. Vaguely resembling a frog (or a robot, or a monster…), the body is made from a cardboard or plastic cone (formerly spools of thread) with a hinging lid, operated by a rod. Puppets come to life with beads, pompoms, plastic spoons, pipe cleaners, fabric, and various bits and bobs...

About the instructor: Jacquie Rolston has previously been a VMMF exhibitor with her handmade paper lanterns. Whether it’s lanterns, giant puppets, Ukrainian Easter Eggs, or making giant cardboard models of Star Wars AT-ATs, Jacquie always has a few creative projects on the go. A graduate of Emily Carr Institute of Art, she is a freelance illustrator and also teaches art classes for children.


2:00-3:30   Weaving With Light

 

Painting-With-Light $15; ages 10 to adult (under 12 accompanied by an adult).

Create rich, complex patterns by touching light projected onto a surface. No computer skills or operation necessary – simply move your hands and body, and see images you’ve created transform into mosaic designs and print them onto fabric to take home. The workshop will start off with an introduction to video feedback projection (imagine finger painting with light inside a kaleidoscope). Then we will look at the images created with video feedback through the application of photoshop (no experience necessary). Finally, each participant will print off their design onto an 8″ x 10″ piece of fabric (provided).
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About the instructor:  Merlyn Chipman’s artwork spans live improvisational audio/video, print, and installation art but he identifies himself as a “video feedback artist.” Merlyn Chipman is an Interaction Designer and member of Locomotoart, Vancouver New Music and Redgate. 

 


2:00-2:45   Knotwork Bracelet

 

Knotwork-Bracelet $10; ages 10 to adult.Learn how to make a versatile knotwork bracelet. Different materials yield different results, making this workshop appealing to folks from all walks of life! Whether you choose paracord or simulated silk thread, skull-shaped embellishments or disco-ball beads, the same knotwork technique will produce dramatically different results every time..

About the instructor: Carol Wang is a lifelong crafter and has been tying knots for well over 30 years. A member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers, she displays, shares, and teaches whenever possible..

 


3:45-4:45   Mighty Ugly

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Mighty-Ugly $10; ages 16 and up.A common reason we choose not to take risks or try new things is a fear of failure. When it comes to making, tinkering, crafting, hacking, or experimenting in any medium, though, risk-taking and trying new things underlie much of the fun and are what can lead to incredible adventures and discoveries. In this workshop, participants will confront their fear of failure and hesitancy to take risks by failing on purpose, and in doing so learning that failing doesn’t kill us, it just sets us up for the next adventure..About the instructor: Mighty Ugly is a project by Kim Werker, who first experienced the glee of ugly sometime around the summer of 2006.

3:30-5:00   Introduction to Letterpress

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Intro-to-Letterpress $35; ages 16 and up.This introductory workshop is a primer in letterpress printing. Participants will get their hands inky learning to typeset, ink, and print with two different types of tabletop presses. Attendees will come out of the workshop with a set of 6 customized greetings cards and a personalized VMMF keepsake poster that they hand ink and print themselves..

About the instructors: Wilson Tsang is one half of the husband and wife team at Gusty Whale Letterpress. Printing out of their garage underneath an old whale weathervane since 2011, they print a variety of paper goods including art prints and cards. A graduate of Vancouver Film School’s Digital Design program, Wilson is a user experience designer, web designer, and military instructor. Yvon Lantaigne returned to letterpress in 2007 after 30+ years in graphic design and print production and created Fox & Found Press. The press provides custom printing for discerning clients and individuals while creating personal printed works and handmade journals. Training workshops are also offered.

 SUNDAY, JUNE 8th, 2014


11:00-11:45   Makers as Mentors 

 

mozilla_foundation_logo $5; ages 16 and up
.Learn about Mozilla Webmaker tools for making the web with Popcorn Maker, Hackasauarus, Thimble and the very new Appmaker. We’ll talk about the ethos of learning through making and the important role of mentors in empowering learners to achieve their goals. We’ll utilize Webmaker tools to focus on creating Teaching Kits that share our love of making with others. Please bring your laptop! The $5 workshop fee will be donated to the Vancouver Maker Foundation’s Maker Education Initiative..About the instructors: A talented team from Mozilla leads this workshop! Dethe is a geek dad and programmer who’s mentored others through Ladies Learning Code, Software Carpentry, and WebMaker workshops. He created the Waterbear visual programming toolkit to make it easier for others to learn to code. He wants to help build a future worth having. Helen is a Mozilla Rep who collaborates with local Webmakers and community organizations in an effort to #teachtheweb by hosting webmaker workshops at schools, after-school and at local festivals. Emma is a Mozilla Rep, and Developer Community Manager at SocialCoding4Good. She is a passionate participate in the Webmaker movement which seeks to empower a generation on the web. Emma teaches Webmaking, coding, and hardware programming to Grade 5 students in Sooke BC where she lives with her husband and three daughters.

11:00am-12:30   Introduction to Letterpress

 

Intro-to-Letterpress $35; ages 16 and up.This introductory workshop is a primer in letterpress printing. Participants will get their hands inky learning to typeset, ink, and print with two different types of tabletop presses. Attendees will come out of the workshop with a set of 6 customized greetings cards and a personalized VMMF keepsake poster that they hand ink and print themselves..

About the instructors: Wilson Tsang is one half of the husband and wife team at Gusty Whale Letterpress. Printing out of their garage underneath an old whale weathervane since 2011, they print a variety of paper goods including art prints and cards. A graduate of Vancouver Film School’s Digital Design program, Wilson is a user experience designer, web designer, and military instructor. Yvon Lantaigne returned to letterpress in 2007 after 30+ years in graphic design and print production and created Fox & Found Press. The press provides custom printing for discerning clients and individuals while creating personal printed works and handmade journals. Training workshops are also offered.


12:15-1:45   Build an Arduino Robot

 

Build-an-Arduino-Robot $80; ages 10 – adult.Robots! Arduino! Motors! IT’S ALIIIIIVE!!In this self-guided workshop, Dan will help you put together and program your first device, a line-following robot. It has five electric eyes, wooden bones, servo muscles, an Arduino brain, and eats electricity from a 9v battery. See it in action here. Please bring a laptop or smartphone so we can share the instructions online.

 

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About the instructor: Dan Royer (of marginallyclever.com) is committed to raising the next generation of robot masters and using their smarts to build a base on the moon.


1:15-2:45   Introduction to Candle Making

 

Candle-Making $15; ages 8 – adult (under 12 accompanied by adult).

Workshop participants will have the chance to explore candle making, the properties of various waxes, and mold-making techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to choose which techniques appeal to them to make their own candles to bring home.
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About the instructor: Nathyn Sanche is a welder, inventor, and long time candle maker. He enjoys practical problem solving and helping artists realize their visions through creative consultation.

2:15-3:00   Wood Pallet Organizer

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Wood-Paller-Organizer $15; ages 16 and up.Turn a repurposed wood pallet and drawer pulls into an organizer for your jewellery -or maybe scarves, jackets, dog leashes… whatever needs easy but attractive access!..

About the instructor: Denise Corcoran (Thrifty By Design) is a community catalyst, crafter extraordinaire and upcycler of things. Her passion is to turn ‘junk’ into new and funky pieces..


3:00-3:45   Knotwork Bracelet

 

Knotwork-Bracelet $10; ages 10 to adult.Learn how to make a versatile knotwork bracelet. Different materials yield different results, making this workshop apealling to folks fromall walks of life! Whether you choose paracord or simulated silk thread, skull-shaped embellishments or discoball beads, the same knotwork technique will produce dramatically different results every time...About the instructor: Carol Wang is a lifelong crafter and has been tying knots for well over 30 years. A member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers, she displays, shares, and teaches whenever possible.

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3:30-4:00   Growing With Lego

 

Growing-With-Lego-#1 $15; ages 3-12 (children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult).Build a mini-pot out of lego, and grow things in it! We’ll build a lego-block container, and then use an organic coir made from grasses to plant microgreen seeds. We’ll water it and put it in a baggy so kids can take it home. Expect the seeds to germinate within a day or two, and harvest your first edible bounty in just 8-10 days!. 

About the instructor: Judy Kenzie is a life long gardener and advocate for food sovereignty. Inspired by her youngest son, Judy came up with the idea for Growing with Lego as a way to get kids engaged and inspired about growing and eating real food. All her classroom sessions were booked up within a few days and a waiting list remains. Judy is now preparing for a teacher workshop to help spread the fun.

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4:30-5:30   Jewelry out of Junk

 

Jewelry-out-of-Junk $15; ages 13 to adult.Learn to make funky accessories out of old wool sweaters and old buttons or jewelry. We’ll take discarded or dated pieces and turn them into kewl, new items. Participants can either repurpose old jewelry or upcycled felted wool sweaters into jewelry or accessories...

About the instructor: Denise Corcoran (Thrifty By Design) is a community catalyst, crafter extraordinaire and upcycler of things. Her passion is to turn ‘junk’ into new and funky pieces.


4:30-5:30   Stitching With Purpose

 

Stitching With Purpose $15; ages 16 and up.What matters to you? Find out what ‘craftivism’ is all about and learn to cross-stitch your message on a fabric flag that can be hung around your neighbourhood.. 

About the instructor: Artist Laura Bucci is a mixed-media artist whose work includes an ongoing project in craftivism as well as investigations in the practice of art journaling.