Sunday, December 4th is the Got Craft? Craft Show at the Royal Canadian Legion

Got Craft? is having its winter craft show! Check out their awesome vendors. We will be there with information on how to get involved with Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2012!



This Saturday Marks The First Ever Craft Pride Procession

Interview by Emily Smith Featuring Aja from The Textile Group

This Saturday, August 6th at Noon, meet at Thornton Park (at Main and Terminal) to participate in the first ever Craft Pride Procession. The event is put on by a group of textile artists – known as the Textile Group, who were inspired to show their crafting pride – and invite anyone to participate in this event!


See the route:


1. What exactly is a “Craft Pride Procession” – and how did you come up with the idea?

Image: via Lacey Jane Roberts


I don’t think we will know what a Craft Pride Procession is until it happens. To my knowledge, this is the first! The inspiration came from a piece of writing by artist Lacey Jane Roberts that was presented at the Neo-Craft Conference in Nova Scotia and is also featured in a new book titled “Extra/ordinary; Craft and Contemporary Art”. Her ideas suggest that Craft – as a creative process and as a diverse myriad of makers – could learn a thing or two from tactics utilized in Queer theory to “acknowledge stereotypes, flip them and then subvert them to form new models of identity.” Craft as a term is defined in so many disparate ways, some of them informed solely by negative misperceptions. This procession is our way of creating agency, our own representation and celebration of our selves, our practices and diverse communities, while paying homage to the influence of Queer culture, esp. Pride Parades.


2. What would you recommend people bring to the event? Should we bring projects that we’re working on, or costumes that we’ve made? Can you give me some examples of what you have in mind for the event?


We have a list of ideas started, but we hope it’s only the beginning of what is possible. Anything you can carry, wheel or wear in parade is acceptable. If you think it’s crafty, it is! Here’s our list so far:

Giant ball of yarn, Shrine, Works in progress, Sock on a pole, Decorate your bicycle, Hair wrap, Zipper covers, Headbands, Mascots, Decorated dolly/float, fort, Fabric ribbons/streamers, Banners, Flags, Bunting, Maypole, Costumes, Crocheted shorts, Wrapping Cars in textiles, Handmade instruments, Quilts on a dowel, Weavings, Yarn garlands, Chalk/pigment, Tape, Prayer Flags, Conkers, Craft beer, Witchcraft, Non-conventional material.




image: via Lacey Jane Roberts



3. What’s your overall goal or mission in putting together this event?


To have fun! To create an exciting, inspiring event that shows the unconstrained energy of this elusive and extensive creative practice! To celebrate the ways in which we connect and the ways in which we differ from one another! To share our labours of love and brighten up the place with our endless creativity!


4. Will there be music or singing? Should I bring my boombox/stereo/piccolo?


image: via mrmarkrobson



We would love to have sounds! All kinds are welcome. What’s a parade without music? Maybe we will come up with a chant… I was thinking, “Make Lovecraft, Not Warcraft”.


5. Can you tell me a bit about your experience in the arts as well as crafting circles in Vancouver? How would say a crafting group differs from an arts group – and what’s your vision in overlapping the arts with crafts?


I live with a foot in both worlds and I no longer try to cut myself in half in order to choose which is which. I identify as an artist and I use some materials traditionally deemed craft. I know that those lines are not always clear and it suits me. I am more interested in challenging definitions than creating them. In doing all this, my hope is that people will become more free to make the kind of art/craft/work they feel called to, without concern of being marginalized by people/groups/institutions with limiting ideas.


Help Fund An eatART project with KickStarter

Did you get a chance to check out the 8-legged walking spider this year at Maker Faire Vancouver? Well, the organization that put that project together is moving forward full steam on another project – which will be a giant moving snake.

Charlie Brinson from eatART has put together a kickstarter campaign to help fund his most recent creation, Titanaboa. Want to see a giant snake in Vancouver in the near future? Charlie needs your help! Check out his video below and learn more.





Learn more on KickStarter.

Futurist Inventors to Converge in Vancouver

More than 1,000 futurists from around the globe will meet in Vancouver this July (8-10) to discuss sustainability, technology, entrepreneurship, and the quickly changing future of the human race at WorldFuture 2011, the annual conference of the World Future Society.



In addition, WorldFuture 2011 will feature the first ever Futurists: BetaLaunch (F:BL) a technology and innovation “petting zoo” where participants can get up close and personal with new start ups and inventions that could change the way we live. Registration is open to the public. (


“This year, we had over 60 excellent submissions for Futurists: BetaLaunch and could accept a handful of entries,” said Lisa Donchak, Google associate and one of the F:BL judges. “We were surprised and impressed by the quality of each submission.… We hope WorldFuture 2011 attendees enjoy getting up close and personal with the final selections. We’ll be exhibiting a phenomenal range of inventions, big and small,” she said in a taped segment, available on the Futurists: BetaLaunch Web site.




Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of MAKE, and general manager of the Maker Media division of O’Reilly Media, Inc. will speak at the WorldFuture 2011, the annual conference of the World Future Society to be held in Vancouver from July 8-10th. Dougherty helped found O’Reilly Media, Inc. with Tim O’Reilly. Dougherty was developer and publisher of Web Review, the online magazine for Web designers. “MAKE Magazine brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. MAKE is loaded with exciting projects that help you make the most of your technology at home and away from home. We celebrate your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will,” according to the company’s Web site.



Dale Dougherty on TED:



Etalim Inc.




Etalim Inc., a startup company in Vancouver, Canada, is developing a totally new type of device that can generate electricity from any fuel or heat source (including sunlight, gas or biomass) with extraordinary efficiency, simplicity and reliability.  Imagine a small “engine”, the size of a soccer ball, that operates at 50% efficiency, can be manufactured for $0.20 per Watt and can run maintenance-free forever.  This technology will be highly disruptive to several markets including residential cogeneration and large-scale solar power. The scientists and engineers behind Etalim come from one of BC’s most successful tech stalwarts, Creo Inc. Etalim’s technology stems from some recent advances in thermoacoustic physics at Los Alamo

Contact: Ron



SeaSteading Institute, one of the BetaWatch entries.


“The Seasteading Institute was founded in 2008 by Patri Friedman, grandson of economist Milton Friedman. We have received wide media coverage, including stories by CBS Sunday Morning, the UK’s Sunday Times, Wired magazine, and many more. As of December 2010, we have raised over $1,000,000, with funding led by Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and first investor in Facebook.

Our mission is to further the long-term growth of the seasteading movement. Our current focus is on enabling the success of the first seasteads by researching the critical engineering, legal, and business problems, increasing public awareness, and building a core seasteading community.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA.”


Maker Faire Success!


Learn more about how the whole process of hosting the event unfolded on

Mini Maker Faire Vancouver Speaker Series Brought to you by Gen Why




The Gen Why Media Project is a community building project that seeks to use DIY ethics to adjust, annotate, and reimagine civic engagment in order to shape the direction of our city, province, country and planet. Our interest in Maker Cutlure lies in the ethos of building, modifying, or repairing of something without the aid of experts or professionals, offering an alternative to modern consumer culture’s emphasis on relying on others to satisfy needs. We believe that an ordinary person can learn to do more than he or she thought was possible – thus empowering individuals and communities to employ alternative approaches when faced with bureaucratic or societal obstacles to achieving their objectives.


Gen Why is hosting the speaker series at Maker Faire as a way of championing the average individual seeking knowledge and expertise for him/herself. Gen Why is also leading the building of a public art piece entitled “REGENERATE” that brings progressive community groups together to collaborate on a sculpture made from recycled/re-used/repurposed materials and greenery. As a collaboration between eatART, Makerfaire, Gen Why, Vancouver Community Lab and Vancouver Design Nerds the project envisions a large scale, text-based mural to spell the word “regenerate” – inspiring the re-imagination of energy, makers, refuse and public art. The project will reflect on the Great Northern Way site; its history, ecology, its cultural context within the city and the site’s past and present conditions.



Don’t miss out! Check out the full speaker series here




A Preview of Workshops at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

Many of our exhibitors will have workshops and demonstrations available at their tables. Some will be going all day, and others will have times in place. This list is just the very beginning of what you’ll see at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire!





Science World at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire!





The Bright Red Crayon‘s Wacky Windmills

Zee & Luke will be combining efforts to bring Dynamic wind-driven sculptures based out of recyclable and reusable materials. Both artists have cherished groundings in this “something out of nothing” concept and are stoked about sharing this craft with the children and adults of Vancouver community. They hope to inspire children of all ages to look at everyday items as art materials and encourage them to explore the connection between the things we make and nature.





(Images: via Bright Red Crayon)



Plush on Main:  Bottle Cap Pendants and Magnets

Plush is a charming little boutique and worskspace committed to supporting the incredible artisans who are our neighbours. Plush’s dedication to the local craft scene grew naturally out of our own passion for making stuff.  You can join in the creative magic by attending one of Plush’s crafting workshops, hosted by a rotating cast of Vancouver craft scene personalities, or by taking home one of our craft kits designed to help you flex your creative muscles.






Build Your Own Paper Kit with Karl Brown




Made of sustainable/ recyclable materials (wood, paper, rubber band, re-useable plastic propeller), this little flying model will take less than 1 hour to construct. This complete kit is assembled using safety-razors and non-toxic (water based) glue. Expert, experienced instruction and assistance will be provided to insure that each airplane is a flying success. The airplane measures just over 12″ (30cm) from wingtip to wingtip and is suitable for flying outdoors on non- windy days (but don’t let it get wet !) Fascinating, educational and fun! Some take-home kits will be available.




(images: via Melissa Mewdella)



Make a Mighty Ugly Creature with Kim Werker!
(10 am-1 pm)

There’s so much pressure to create things that are GOOD or PRETTY! But sometimes it’s useful or fun or challenging to flip that around and make something UGLY. Bet you’ve never set out to do that before! Mighty Ugly is a project – online and in person – that goes like this: 1) Make an ugly creature. 2) Take photos. 3) Talk about it. It might make you feel great and it might make you feel sick, but I guarantee you’ll be glad you did it. Mighty Ugly is run by author, editor, crafter and speaker Kim Werker. Learn more about the project and share your experiences at



Raul Granucci: Lampwork Workshop: Making glass beads from a mobile station (Marbles)


Glass is a facinating and alluring craft and the exhibit will be spent doing live glass demos and creating custom peices for our patrons from but not limited to beads, marbles, pendents, do higgys. I keep little if any of my work because I feel passing and sharing art holds greater value. Lamp working, torch working is what one can classify the work I do.




Image: Union of Youth



Draw By Night: The Uncollectables.


New and used toys have escaped attics, warehouses and sandpits in search for a life beyond enslavement. They are no longer children’s play things and have come to the DBN Tattoo Table to celebrate their new-found freedom. We will be drawing on toys, paper-dolls, ping pong balls, and maybe each other??!!


Come hang out and draw on things! Any toy donations would be much appreciated as well.


Please note that if you want to draw on a munny, submit drawing samples to the Draw By Night twitter page (@drawbynight) to qualify. There are only so many, so they will go fast.


Draw By Night #11 Font Lickers from Ryan Smith on Vimeo.




Rachel Ashe: Altered Book Workshops

For Maker Faire, Rachael will be displaying some of her recent altered book artwork made from old books and recycled materials. She will also be demonstrating some of the techniques she uses to make her book art, as well as paper cuts, and exploring making sculpture from the reclaimed cardboard of toilet paper rolls.




There will also be knitting workshops, arduino workshops, Learn To Solder, circuit bending, knot tying and more! Come out and experience the fun!


There will also be Maker Bots, RepRaps, EBikes, and more!




Meet Your Sponsor: Metro Diverse Service’s Panterragaffe: A Pedal-Powered Walking Machine

Interview by Emily Smith, Featuring Paul Lock from Metro Diverse Services.


Metro Diverse Services is a 3-person team specializing in unique fabrication projects for monumental art or for architectural and landscape decoration. They are sponsoring this year’s Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, and will be showing off their elegant walking machine. Learn more about the project in the interview below, and check out the video if you want to see it work its magic!










1. What exactly is a Panterragaffe, and how did you guys come up with the name?

Based on Theo Jansen‘s Kinetic art, Panterragaffe is a pedal powered two person walking machine, a walking bicycle. The name has a few elements to it. It’s a play on pantograph, which is a mechanism for copying drawings, since it’s similar to the leg mechanism. Also; Pan – all or spanning. Terra – earth. Gaffe – an unintentional act causing embarrassment to it’s originator or just goofy-ness. A bit of goofy-ness for everybody. To most people the name doesn’t mean anything, therefore its meaning is flexible.


2. Do you have any previous experience building things?

We make our living from designing, building and fabricating. All of us have hands on experience in our backgrounds, from construction and manufacturing to sculpture, jewelry, and photography. We also have virtually every skill set covered from software and coding to welding and metal casting. It’s shorter to say we’ve never laid bricks, but we know we could.



3. How did you know that you would be able to make a structure like Panterragaffe, and what was the driving force behind it?

None of us are the “let’s ask for permission” types. Our biggest problem isn’t deciding what we can do, it’s having the time to do all the things we know we CAN do. Panterragaffe was conceived from the beginning as a public exhibition piece. It’s purpose had shock value and public participation in mind from the start. After building a seven inch prototype, it was clear that a mobile entertainment platform was possible. It was only a small step after that to decide to add a power source, music and lighting to suit events. The rough frame allows us to add character coverings, Panterragaffe can dress up differently ever time it goes out. Hence the flexible name.


4. How does it work? I mean, I understand that it’s pedal-powered, but it looks as though there are some pretty advanced mechanics going on there. How does each leg know how to go forwards or backwards at a given time?

The legs are based on a mechanism made popular by the kinetic sculptures off Theo Jansen in Holland. We didn’t have access to drawings, so it took us 13 months of spare time and 3 iterations to reverse engineer them. There are two leg boxes containing three pairs of legs each, spanned by a bench for two pedalers. Three pairs of legs are required to ensure there are enough points of contact with the ground for stability. Each side is driven by a crank shaft, which is in turn driven by pedals and one of the riders. There are two leg boxes and pedalers to allow steering. Similar to a skid-steer loader, one person stops pedaling while the other keeps going and you turn a corner. The feet are heavy steel cups that are allowed to spin something like casters, helping to reduce the friction on corners.


In this configuration it requires smooth hard ground, but we’re working on a modification to the mechanism to pick the feet up higher with each step. We should then be able to walk on grass and slightly irregular ground.



5. Can you talk a bit about construction? I assume there was some welding involved, is that right? Do you have anything to add that would pique the interest of the technically-inclined?

It’s made entire of mild steel, with ball bearing joints and pivots. The bench and two leg boxes are three separate pieces, held together with hitch pins for easy transport. It weighs nearly 700 pounds loaded without passengers.


The legs are only 1/2 inch square tubing with 1/16 inch wall thickness. This material bends very easily, but with careful leg design we were able to use this extremely small tubing to reduce weight and present a lighter appearance.


It’s very common for new Makers to over build. There are lots of monstrously heavy prototypes out there. Using conventional wisdom, this machine could easily have ended up weighing over a ton. It’s easy to build test pieces and do a little destructive testing before you build.



6. Where do you store it? I assume that you have a studio, but where does it live?

Panterragaffe lives in our manufacturing studio in West Vancouver. We do all of our design and fabrication in one building, practically under the Lions Gate Bridge. Our neighbours can’t here our noise over the sound of the traffic on the bridge, so it’s the perfect spot.


DIY Glow Bike Kits Now Available


Want a bike that glows so that you can fight for the user? Or better yet, for safety and visibility? A few members at the Vancouver Hack Space have recently put together an EL wire Glow Bike kit. What’s a kit you ask? Basically, VHS’ers purchased supplies in bulk needed to create this contraption – and are also interested in teaching people how to put the kit together – with some basic soldering knowledge. If you’re interested in the kit, and also learning how to make it, please send an email to and read this post for more details on ordering information, and how to get yours today.


If you don’t want to purchase a kit but want to learn how it’s done, we’ve made an instruction manual free of charge.







(photos: Courtesy of Blue Mollusc and a flying octopus!)





Yarn Bomb-O-Rama for Vancouver Maker Faire!

International Knit in Public Day, and the first ever International Yarn Bombing Day seem to have fallen on the same day. In commemoration of handicrafts, bike month, DIY, and to celebrate Maker Faire in Vancouver this month, a group of crochet/knitting enthusiasts got together at the Vancouver Hack Space - and later downtown Vancouver – to collaborate on a bike rack installation along the beautiful Dunsmuir bike lanes – between Granville and Richards Street.














A big thanks to Christina, Jessica, Ruth, Audrey, Ifny, Christa, Pippa, Melissa, Jenny, Nick, Claire, and everyone else that came out for help and support!


Photos via Blue Mollusc