Meet Your Makers: Corinne Leroux of Awesome Sauce Designs

Awesome Sauce Designs is a Vancouver based business created out of the quirky imagination of Corinne Leroux. She is a maker of unique gifts, greeting cards, and stained glass art. She will be demoing how to build a stained glass sun catchers from start to finish using the copper foil method. The projects will be started with a simple pattern and will demonstrate cutting the glass pieces to shape, using the glass grinder, foiling the pieces, and soldering everything together to complete a few finished pieces throughout the weekend.

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Drop by her booth to see works and progress and inquire about learning how to do stained glass yourself. She now offers introductory classes twice a month at Maker Labs. She will also have some completed items available for sale.

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Seeking Makers to Participate in VMMF’s Textile Village

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Calling all knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, dyers, yarn bombers, embroiderers, textile artists, guild members, fibre enthusiasts, and beyond! We’re building an open knitting area, and looking for makers to fill the space with enthusiasm and sample wares. In exchange for participating in a 4 hour shift during the weekend, you will receive weekend passes to the event. You don’t have to have expert skills or experience – you can come as you are with knitting needles in hand, or bring some equipment and do something more in-depth. Think of it as a really big “stitch and bitch.” Please fill out your information in this application form and I will be in touch.

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Micromouse robot building contest

Today we’re featuring a fun robot building contest hosted by Dan Royer of MarginallyClever.com. Dan is a lifelong maker and robot builder that has been to (and presented at) every Maker Faire in Vancouver as well as quite a few of the international ones. He’s famous for his Makelangelo drawing robot among other robot creations he demonstrates at his booth.

At this year’s Faire, the Micro mouse robot contest will award cash prizes for the top three fastest robots that can solve the giant maze. You can build your robot using just about anything you want and you can form a team to collaborate on a robot build.

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Please note that you will need to build your own robot (following the rules linked below) BEFORE the event in June. You’ll then race your robot at Maker Faire.

Entries will be accepted until June 7th and the Faire is on June 11th & 12th. There is no entry fee but you will be required to gain admission to the Maker Faire yourself (robots get in free!).

Watch this brief video clip to see what kind of robots compete in this challenge:

Head over to the contest page for the full details on the robot competition and to register. Start building!

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Anderson Prototypes #MakerMonday

Meet Jim Anderson who runs Anderson Prototypes.

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Jim is a returning maker to this year’s faire and always brings an exciting collection of tools and machines from his shop in Port Moody. A long time machinist, Jim branched out on his own about nine years ago helping individuals and companies realize their ideas using his wide array of skills and tools.

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If you can dream it, Jim can help you make it a reality. A self described ‘possibility generator’ (which is an awesome title for what he does), Jim’s work for his clients have covered the gamut from specialized hand tools, movie props, metal stays for bustiers, signage, and hundreds of other items even including a custom wheelchair for a dog that lost his legs. This variety helps Jim keep his creative juices flowing to bring his ideas and wealth of knowledge to his client’s projects.

He’s planning on bringing more machines this year for his biggest booth yet which will be operating throughout the weekend event.

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In addition to showing how his CNC mill can quickly mill out a hands in wood for attendees, Jim will also be showcasing a number of different manufacturing methods using the other machines on display in his booth.

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He’s also got a few interesting giveaways planned for the faire so make sure you stop by and get the scoop from Jim directly this June!

Check out Jim’s website for more examples of the projects he works on.

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