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Young Makers @ MOV Postponed…


The Young Makers Club at the Museum of Vancouver will be postponed till Fall 2012. Come to Vancouver Mini Maker Faire on June 23 & 24 at the PNE to see some of our current Young Makers. There will also be a sign-up sheet to keep you informed about future Young Makers programs at the Museum of Vancouver.


We are excited about the future possibilities of this youth program and will need your support. If you are inspired to start your own Young Makers Club in your garage, backyard, workshop, or community centre you can find more information at


Check out what some other communities are doing with their Young Makers Clubs!

Saphira - A fire breathing dragon built by the Central Marin Young Makers Club




Makers Assemble at North Van Elementary Schools


Last Friday morning, June 15th, I brought three makers with me to put on assemblies at two North Vancouver elementary schools.


Andrew Milne, Jesse Scott, and Vincent van Haaf brought their joy of making and some of their original creations to show off to the children. Despite being a bit nervous to present to 150 eight to twelve year olds, all three makers were super energized by the children’s enthusiasm. We were all impressed by the intelligent comments and questions, but our favourite was, “Do you do birthday parties?” Well, after the fun we had presenting in North Vancouver, birthday parties are under serious consideration…


Jesse Scott explains laser graffiti to a captive audience.

Andrew Milne shows off his hand-built 3D printer



Young Makers: Become a Maker in just one day!


There are only TWO DAYS LEFT to register for the YOUNG MAKERS DAY at the Museum of Vancouver. This is a youth-oriented program inviting those ages 8-18 to take part in the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.


Three makers from the community are here to share their joy of making with a group of young people this Saturday at the Museum of Vancouver. Each of the three groups will make a collaborative project to be exhibited at this year’s Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.


The event is scheduled to happen on Saturday, June 16th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Museum of Vancouver. Interested in participating? Register now, through Eventbrite. See below for details about our Makers turned mentors and their three amazing workshops.

Workshop One: Make a GIANT Ugly Creature with Kim Werker!


Kim’s team will work together to create the biggest, most hideous, ugliest doll yet to be birthed at a Mighty Ugly workshop. Participants will utilize a wide variety of materials, from cloth and chicken wire, to cardboard and yarn, and use their collective definition of ugly to create something truly unique to disgust the crowds at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2012, and to spark a conversation about what’s good-looking and what’s a failure, and about how these definitions affect our approach to being creative.

Kim Werker runs a project called Mighty Ugly, exploring what failure is when it comes to creativity and challenging people to embrace that idea of failure so it doesn’t get in the way anymore. And there’s ugly crafts involved. Kim is an editor, blogger, and author of six crochet books who lives in Vancouver with one adult, one toddler and a mutt.


Workshop Two: Make your own Infrared LED Pen to control Virtual Graffiti with Graffiti Research Lab Canada

Graffiti Research Lab Canada is part of the international federation of GRL’s.  Their mission is “to outfit graffiti writers, street artists, and political activists with open source technologies for urban communication.”


Come learn the basics of physical hacking, basic electronics, and creative code to make digital graffiti. They will be modifying an empty spray paint can into an infrared pen, creating and soldering a simple circuit, and will learn to program a simple drawing program that people can control with spray cans.


GRL is an agent for technology enabling, media democratization, and cultural bridging opportunities. Working within a milieu of educators, programmers, hacktavists, audio-visualists, and critical theorists, GRL focuses on the thresholds of street culture and is an active participant in the micro-struggles taking place within media ecologies. GRL is situated within the fields of tactical media, art terrorism, public intervention, Digital/DIY culture, and protest art.


Jesse Scott creates and exhibits work in the genre formerly known as new media. Under various aliases and operating within several artist collectives, he produces work for live performance, for site-specific actions, for listening, for viewing, for reading… his work has spanned the domains of a/v performance, locative media, telematics, improvisational practice, urban projection, installation design, public workshops, and the written word.

Workshop Three: Make Amazing LED Lanterns with Linzee Kesler from The Bright Red Crayon and Public Dreams Society


Linzee is pairing up with Public Dreams to host an amazing lantern making workshop. Inspired by the MOV’s Neon Ugly exhibit, her team will make paper and PVC lanterns lit with LED lights – re-creating new interpretations of Vancouver historic street signs. These lanterns will then go on to wow the crowds not only at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, but also at this year’s Illuminares Lantern Festival hosted by Public Dreams July 30 @ Trout Lake.


The Bright Red Crayon is a DIY kids art collective that aims to explore playful & creative interactions between children, local artists and their communities. We encourage kids to explore, invent, try, fail, re-use, share and celebrate their unique ideas, no matter how zany!


They offer community based event services, interdisciplinary workshops and are currently working on educational kits for The Bright Red Crayon’s Young Makers program in association with Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.


Linzee Kesler (aka Zee) is a Community Artist & Organizer working out the Dunbar/Point Grey/Mt Pleasant Neighbourhoods. Her personal practice is multidisciplinary, utilizing video, soundscapes, collage & site-specific installations to explore ideas of interconnectivity as well as personal and public space. She draws endless inspiration from her work with young children and loves the idea of art in unexpected places.


Linzee is involved with Vancouver’s Public Dreams Society, as well as the Gropps Gallery Collective. She is a certified Laughter Yoga Instructor, teaches Kids Yoga & in her spare time she enjoys playing the ukelele (and kazoo) loudly (and proudly!)


Young Makers Day Event Poster