Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is happening Today and Tomorrow!

Come on down to the PNE Forum for some fun times! The event will be happening from 10-6 on both Saturday and Sunday.







Vancouver Mini Maker Faire Floorplan and How to Get there

Scrunch your eyes, and check out all of the Makers that will be packed in to the PNE Forum this weekend. Zut alors!

For those confused about where at the PNE the event will be, it will be located at the corner of Hastings and Renfrew, in the PNE Forum building.

 

 

How do I get there? 

We encourage you to use alternate transportation. The PNE is easily accessible by public transport and there are bicycle racks located at the corner of Hastings & Renfrew. For more information about getting to the PNE via transit, including fares and schedules, please visit www.translink.bc.ca or call 604-953-3333.
 

Will there be parking?

If you choose to drive we encourage you to park in one of the PNE’s secure, well-lit lots. For easy access to the PNE’s Forum building, enter the PNE grounds via Gate 2 off Renfrew Street. The daily parking fee is $10 including tax per vehicle. We accept cash, credit and debit for parking payment.
 

What if it rains? 

The show will go on! Bring rain gear to keep you dry when walking outdoors. Fortunately, we will have many indoor exhibits to keep the family dry.







Official Ticket Pick-up Locations in Vancouver

If you would like to purchase physcial tickets, we have 3 official paper ticket sale locations: Lee’s Electronics, Plush on Main, and the Hackery.





Plush on Main is located on 4296 Main Street. They are open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 6pm, and on Sunday from 11-4.



The Hackery is located on 304 Victoria Drive. They are open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am-6pm.


Lee’s Electronics is located on 4522 Main Street and are open from Monday to Friday, 8:30-5:30, and Saturday from 8:30-4:30 pm.







We Will give you Free Wool if you knit something awesome.

When it comes down to the last few weeks of a Maker Faire, you can get some unexpected surprises. This year, Granted Clothing was clearing out their warehouse, and asked our yarn bombing crew if we were interested in using some of their wool for a community project. They had mentioned they had roughly 400 pounds of wool (just for a visual, this is roughly 50 sheeps worth of wool) for us, and being the knitting fanatics that we are, of course we said yes!
 

 
We decided against doing a large-scale yarn bombing installation, mostly because the wool is just too nice – and we’d like to keep them to personal projects. So here’s the deal: Maker Faire will give you a free bolt of wool for any project you like, for keeps! but we would like to hear about, and display what it is you’re making. We will have a table at Maker Faire with all of the knitted creations on display, and all you have to do is bring your creation, and we’ll show it off, and give it back to you after the faire. We would also love to post process photos of what you’re making on our blog as well.
 
In order to sign up for this project, we’d like to ask that you pitch your project idea in this application form. Once you have submitted your idea, we will be in touch with pick-up location details, how to get photos of your work published on our blog, and how to get your work in display for the main event.
 

 
The wool they donated is beautiful. I believe it’s an icelandic sheep breed that is generally used to make cowichan sweaters (makes sense). For whatever reason, the yarn in these photos looks a bit purple-y, but it’s actually more of a deep navy. We also have a hunter green, and baby blue.
 

 

I’m not really sure how to represent just how much wool is donated, but I hope these photos give you an idea. We have a lot. My cat and I have already started getting fairly competitive over it, so I think this is a sign that it needs to go. So please, help us, and make something awesome for yourself, or a friend, and tell us about it!







Call for Musicians

Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is looking for musical acts to play throughout the 2-day event. We are open to roaming performers, and will also have a stage set-up. Please sign up and we will be in touch!







Meet your Sponsor: Plush on Main

Interview with Brigitte Stroud of Plush on Main
 

 
If you came to Vancouver Mini Maker Faire in 2011, you probably came across Plush‘s booth, where you could have made a bottle cap pendant, or purchased a felting kit. Or, you could have seen or worked on the giant felt egg that they brought to the Museum of Vancouver Fundraiser party back in March.

 

 
For this year’s faire, they’ll be back at it again, with a sponsored booth and even more felting demonstrations. Plush on Main, located on 4296 Main Street, hosts regular workshops on sewing and felting, and features art and crafts made by local artists. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Plush and you’re wanting to get your felt on, or check out some really great handmade goods, I highly recommend checking out their shop! It’s full of creativity, hand-made art, and knowledge-sharing.
 

 
I recently caught up with Brigitte, and learned a bit more of what Plush is all about, and what they will be bringing out for Maker Faire. (Note, Plush is also one of our official ticket sellers for the event, so if you’d like to purchase paper tickets, you can stop by one of these 3 locations and pick them up). Here is a bit of what she had to say:
 
 
1. What do you plan on demonstrating at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire this year?
 
We just got in a fresh batch of lovely wool roving that we can’t wait to mess around with, so we’ll be teaching people how to make felted beads, which is a quick and easy introduction to wet-felting.
 
2. What was your experience like at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire in 2011, and at the fundraiser party in March?
 
Amazing on both counts! At last year’s Maker Faire we helped people make nearly 400 bottlecap pendants, which was both inspiring and exhausting. The giant needle-felted Easter egg that we had people working on at the fundraiser was a ton of fun, and it was incredible to watch it turn from a blank (albeit fuzzy) surface to an explosion of different colours and textures by the time the evening was over.
 
3. Who are some of the feature artists’ works in Plush? What items go the quickest?
 
What’s best-selling changes week-to-week, sometimes day-to-day! Perennial favourites are Kris Brownlee’s (AKA A Cagey Bee) art panels and lockets, the Naked Soapworks’ line of bodycare products, and the whimsical feltings and DIY felting kits from Blushing Lotus Designs.
 

 
4. Can you talk a bit about some of the workshops you have hosted at Plush?
 
Opening up our studio for public workshops has been super-exciting! And a little bit scary at first… akin to inviting a whole bunch of strangers over to cook in your kitchen! We have a regular rotation of needle-felting, wet-felting, hair fascinator, and t-shirt modification workshops. We’ve recently added a card-making class and a home-made bodycare product class, both of which we think will become regulars on our roster. We also occasionally open up the studio for free craft drop-ins, and every month the Vancouverites for Steampunk meet in our space for their monthly craft meets.
 
Learn more about Plush and check out their upcoming workshops on their website, or check them out on Facebook.







Call for Food Vendors


 
 
Did you build your own food cart? Do you serve food that is out of the ordinary? Are you a self-contained unit? Are you nodding “Yes!” Then we want to hear from you! Please fill out our food vendor application and we will be in touch shortly.
 
 
This year, we are partnering with the PNE, and have agreed that our event can have non-PNE food vendors, as long as the food you are serving doesn’t already exist with other PNE vendors. We are also looking for vendors with a unique “Maker” spin on your food, cart, or general set-up. Please send us an email at info@makerfaire.ca if you have any further questions. We are going to select 10 food trucks (8 food + 2 beverages / snacks).
 
 

 
 







Vancouver Mini Maker Faire at Got Craft?

This past Sunday, May 6th, Got Craft? put on an epic show. With over 50 colourful vendors and just over 1300 attendees, it was impressive that all that crafty cuteness could fit in one room. A job well done to the organizers, vendors, and everyone involved. My personal favourite: Rice Babies. So cute!



The Public Art Crew (Mike + Christina) were the masterminds behind our set-up. Mike brought out 2 tall bikes that he had built (Don’t forget to ‘like‘ the Art Bike Project on FB), which were such great substitutes to flimsy posters: He just rolled them in and it was like instant signage. Christina, Anna, and Kim all put their minds together, and pulled off some super fun yarn bombing outside of the front entrance. Check it out:



See those objects hanging off the pole? Those are recycled bottles that Christina has re-purposed and covered with crochet. She also put an old tank top to use, and used the materials to cover one of the art bikes.



A big thanks to Kim for coming out and helping out as well! Hai Kim!



Some of the details: Anna crocheted the flowers:







We had a few scraps left over that were knit up by Anna. I couldn’t help but use the remainder to yarn bomb part of the pakora truck. Thanks pakora guy! (Chris).







Maker Spaces: Means of Production Artist Garden


Means of Production Garden or MOPARRC (Means Of Production Artist Raw Resource Collective) is a native plant garden and a terraced fruit orchard “creative commons” garden that cultivates materials for artists and art projects. The project started in 2002 with Oliver Kelhammer as lead artist, working with the Vancouver Parks Board and Community Arts Council of Vancouver funding the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) as a partner. The garden has provided artists with materials for basket weaving for the Urban Weaver Project, materials for natural dyeing, as well as wooden horned instruments, in the case of the Legion of Flying Monkeys. The garden is located at the corner of St. Catherines Street and East 6th Avenue. Located in central Vancouver, in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.






Artist Projects from Garden Materials:
The Legion of Flying Monkeys Horn Orchestra




The Urban Weaver Project


Natural Dye Experiments, Blue Mollusc








Only 4 More Days to Apply to be a Maker and Receive the Early Bird Rate!

Don’t put it off any longer; right now is the time to apply! This early bird rate is best for commercial vendors. Rates will increase by 20% after this Saturday, April 21st.



Calling all craft vendors, farmers, tech-tinkerers, hobbiests and more! Don’t delay, apply to be a Maker before the cut off of this Saturday. Precious space is filling up quickly and we want to make sure we reserve a space for your project. Apply now.