Breaker Faire poster by Dallyn Rule – www.dallyn.ca
Like to BREAK things? Visit the Vancouver Community Laboratory for your chance to smash a car! For just a few dollars, you can take part in a scrumptious pancake BREAK-fast, WRECK a car, have your mind BLOWN by local art / creations, and PLAY a giant claw game! Wreckage form the car will be used by local artists for materials, and all proceeds benefit the Vancouver CoLab and Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.
A line of books caught my eye while biking along 10th between Fraser and Main. Immediately, instinctively, I pulled over to take a look. Books are an addiction.
St. George Library has a wide range of books, CDs, DVDs and even a couple of neat random trinkets. There was no free internet at this library however, talking in outdoor voices was OK. In fact, both times I’ve been here, there have been friendly and interesting people. The first time, I met one of creators, Travis, who happened to be making some cool bike accessories for his niece. The second time, complete strangers engaged in conversation. It made me feel that “community” wasn’t just a buzz word or a mildly hilarious sitcom.
So, if you’re looking for something new to read or listen to, here’s a link to it’s location on a map. You might even make a new friend. Have you seen cool stuff around the city?
Tim O’Reilly, Founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, recalls the launch of Make Magazine and Maker Faire, and says that hobbyists playing with new technologies have often led the way into hotbeds of a new industry.
“I think that self-motivated spirit is what drives entrepreneurs, and we need to have it drive everyone,” O’Reilly says. “Because if you do something useful, if you do something for love, some good percentage of those things will actually turn into a business. That’s really the heart of entrepreneurship; wanting to make something happen.”
Even if you’re not on the edge of technology and innovation, or looking to turn your hobby into a full-time job, there is still so much to be gained from being around other creative people. Gardeners look at the world much differently than programmers however, together they are unlocking our future. So, no matter what you love to create, you should come show it off at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.
There are only 3 days left in the early bird call for Makers. So, take a minute and sign up.
Daisy is the world’s largest solar powered tricycle. Made in California by master inventor and fabricator Professor Bob Schneeveis from the medical department of Neurobiology at Stanford University, Daisy resides in Vancouver at the eatART hangar.
Nessled in the heart of the Vancouver’s light industrial district the eatART lab is situated within the Great Northern Way campus. Within it’s walls, eatART fosters new media art research with a focus on large-scale, kinetic and robotic sculpture. They use art to educate people about the role energy plays in our lives and to raise questions about the social and environmental impact of energy use.
Over the past few years they’ve blossomed into a true Vancouver success story with the Mondo Spider being shown across North America, from Washington, DC to San Francisco.
The artists continue to toil away, creating even larger and more audacious works of engineering magic including a 4 meter tall wearable walking machine and a gigantic snake. More on those in future posts and, of course, at Maker Faire Vancouver.