Check out the VMMF 2015 Silent Auction!

We have generous Makers! Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is hosting a silent auction this year to raise funds for the Faire and for The Vancouver Maker Foundation, the umbrella organization that puts on the Faire every year, and our exhibitors have donated some truly stellar items for attendees to bid on all weekend.

MakerMobile 1MakerMobile, a travelling classroom, hackspace, workshop, art studio and laboratory, has donated a fabulous MakerMobile Birthday Party, entitling up to 8 participants (age 8+) to a two hour guided adventure inspired by Maker culture. The MakerMobile will arrive chez-vous with exciting content, talented instructors and all necessary supplies. All you have to provide is a power outlet!

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Meet Your Makers: Anderson Prototypes

002Jim of Anderson Prototypes has been exhibiting at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire for the past three years. He can build almost anything with his CNC milling machines and you’ll get to see that at his exhibit. It takes a truck with a crane just to get these massive machines to the PNE Forum, but he loves the Maker community.

What do you Make?
I am a creator of fine crafted and machined components and assemblies, as well as as custom machinery.

What are you exhibiting at this year’s Faire?
I am having a live CNC Milling Demonstration. Using 2 industrial quality CNC milling machines that were taken right off my businesses floor. We will be cutting wood products, so we don’t have to worry about the safety issues with milling steel, and the hot chips it produces.

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Every year, I hear that you have to bring in a truck with a crane to transport your CNC milling machines to the PNE. What is a CNC milling machine and how does it work?
True, I have a HIAB crane-truck that transports these machines. Milling machines are tools designed to machine metal, wood, and other materials. With the use of a CNC (computor numerical control) control the machine can dynamically move the cutting tool and the work, to create a unique feature, and then do it repeatedly if desired. Programmed in a machine code language, the machine gets orders in short sentence instructions. This program might have 50,000 individual instructions for the machine to perform in one program, and possibly 100s of programs to run in a specific order and with specific tools to accomplish a finish part. Its almost limitless what you can create with these CNC machines.
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Tummy Rumble at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

Tummies are going to rumble in the parking lot this year. And in the PNE Forum. Why, even vegans are getting thrown a bone. So, just who is duking it out to be captain of the cooks at this year’s Vancouver Mini Maker Faire?

Porky’s Food Truck
These guys are big bratwursts – for $7. In fact, they are the absolute wurst, German curry wurst that is, for $7 too. And they Bavarian cheese smokies far too much, also $7. Here, pull my pork, $8.

Cup-a-cornCup a Corn
Corny jokes can’t do justice to the good taste of this cup of gourmet flavoured corn kernels, $5 a pop. Six flavours.

Community Pizzeria
These guys are wasting away in Pizza Margherita-ville for $10. Some say they’re all mobbed up with the Calabrese Salami Pizza for $11 and they may well be – get there early.

johnny's-popsJohnny’s Pops (& Brûlée)
Put strawberry basil on ice and will do it again for a price. Turned blueberry cardamom into a popsicle too. Burned cream badly into a delicious vanilla bean crème brûlée. Same goes for bourbon and pecan.

REEL Mac and Cheese
Hey Mac, quit being so cheesy, for $8. Things get spicy when they go banana’s for peppers for $9.

taser-grilled-cheeseMelt City
Cheese that takes a grilling but melts when squeezed for bread. A classic grilled two cheese squeeze. Also, So Gouda, it has got smoked bacon with caramelized apples and gouda cheese. Yeah, there’s more.

Osaka Ball
Scallop and shrimp like to roll up and party with pickle and green onions. In fact they’re having a ball – seven of them for $6.

varinicey-pakorasVarinicey Pakoras
Careful, their pakoras can take a beeting, which makes them just super – Super Beet pakoras. Original has chopped onions, carrots, yams, kale, and swiss chard. Things get hot when the serrano peppers show up. Start small for $5.50, or go big for $10.

Chickadee Bakery (inside)
It’s all butter for these bakers! Willing to redecorate your mini-cupcakes for a price. Cookies, brownies, scones, cheese biscuits, all the sin in the world and then s’more. Starts at $2.50 and goes to $5.

Living Lotus (inside)
Gluten, dairy, refined sugar and soy free riders. Vegan macaroons, fudge, chocolate ganache and candied nuts from $2 to $18. Nobody gets hurt in the making of this food but no promises otherwise!

In a foodie fight, the eaters always win. The more contenders you take on for take-away, the more likely you are to find your lunchtime leader of the pack. Take the challenge to try to find your new favourite roving restaurant!



Meet Your Makers: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild

VMQG_Logo_Colour new-1 (2)If you’ve been to Vancouver Mini Maker Faire before, you might have noticed the amazing quilts on display at the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild. These aren’t your grandmothers’s quilts (though those are nice too!). Members take inspiration from the zeitgeist, and that includes technology too. We talked with Felicity Ronaghan, long-time member, about the modern craft of quilting and the community of a guild.

f_ronaghan headshotWhere do you find your inspiration for quilt designs?
Everywhere! Mid-century modern design in particular tends to have a big influence on modern quilters. The clean lines of minimalist designs are really exciting. I recently looked through a book of tile patterns that really stimulated my imagination. And right now I’m working on a quilt that is a pixelated self-portrait.

Felicity Ronaghan's Burst of Colour

Felicity Ronaghan’s Burst of Colour

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