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Maker Faire Success!


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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.