Meet our Sponsor: Epilog Laser

Epilog Laser LogoVancouver Mini Maker Faire would not be possible if it wasn’t for the help of our wonderful Sponsors. Our Sponsors are people who are just as passionate about the Maker movement as we are so it was fun to talk with Amy of Epilog Laser about all the cool things they make.

We’re so happy to have you on board this year as a Sponsor. What is it about Maker Faire that draws your organization?
Maker Faires are always such fun, interactive and engaging events. We love to attend and exhibit at these shows because the audience is so creative and tech savvy – we love to learn how makers are using lasers in all sorts of new and exciting ways.

3d-cardboard-dinosaurHow does your company or organization engage with the Maker movement?
Epilog has been a huge supporter of the Maker movement for nearly a decade. We love the creativity, ingenuity and innovation that come from this audience. Epilog’s laser systems are utilized throughout the Maker movements– we love to interact and share projects on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Epilog attends the Bay Area and NYC Maker Faires every year as well, and many of our distributors attend faires at the local level. Continue reading

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Meet Your Makers: International Guild of Knot Tyers

CarolMaker Carol Wang of the International Guild of Knot Tyers – Pacific America Branch has been exhibiting at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire since its inception with her wide array of knots. As both tool and art, knot tying is one of humanity’s oldest skills, and Carol shows how it continues to feed, clothe and bind our world.

When did your love of knot tying begin?
When I was 10, I visited family in Taiwan and was given a book on Chinese knots, probably as a way to occupy my time.  This was very successful.

Knots are can be both functional and aesthetically-pleasing. Can you describe the aesthetic styles and where the inspiration for these styles originated?
The major decorative style known to the West is probably macramé which developed independently in Egypt, China and Peru.  The word “macramé” is Arabic in origin. Macramé takes a fairly small set of knots and ties them repeatedly in different patterns to give you anything from a friendship bracelet or a plant hanger to baskets or three dimensional sculptures.

The major decorative style known to the East is Chinese knotting.  Stylistically distinct variations have evolved in both Japan and Korea.  Chinese knotting in its basic form takes a single cord to tie one fairly involved knot.  The basic knots can be combined into even more complex compound knots.  Adding more decorative touches in other colours, of course, require more cords.

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Meet Your Makers: Make.Family.Fun

Xavier and his tangram

Xavier and his tangram

Sarah (an elementary school teacher) and Julian (a software developer) both love to create, and now with three kids, this family can often be found in the middle of creations, wires and chaos. Tristan, 11,  loves all things that shoot: potato cannons, marshmallow shooters, and especially Nerf. Liam, 9, loves mixing things together, especially if they catch fire or explode. And Xavier, 4,  likes to build things, especially if he can knock them down. Together as Make.Family.Fun, they want to inspire other families to start making.


What inspired you to start making with your family?
Julian grew up as a computer and electronics fanatic on an orchard in New Zealand, with a father who was a carpenter, and a mother who was an avid sewer and cook. Sarah grew up with do it yourself parents who sewed, canned, fixed, built and more. Sarah made kites, go karts and stop motion animations with her father, and puppets, stuffed animals, gardens and her own recipes with her mother. It was just second nature for us to start offering our own sons chances to create. Continue reading

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Wow the Crowds as a Performer, Workshop Leader, or Presenter at the 5th Annual VMMF!!

Did you miss the Call for Makers deadline? Though you can still apply for the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire wait list, you might be interested to hear that you can get involved in the event without committing to two days of exhibiting.  We’re on the look-out for Presenters, Workshop Leaders, and Performers to make the fifth annual VMMF a raging success!

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Share your knowledge and skills as a Workshop Leader! We love to encourage learning at VMMF so we are looking for Makers of all kinds who can design and lead a fun 30-60 minute workshop (or two!). In the past, we have had workshops on everything from letterpress to basket weaving. Continue reading

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