Meet Your Makers: Heike Kapp, Found-Object Sculptor

Maker Heike Kapp is an artist of the truest sense. If you have been to Vancouver Mini Maker Faire in the past, you might remember her amazing glass marbles. Since then, Heike has shifted focus to her found-object sculptures that incorporate driftwood, photo transfers, flameworked glass and wire-work into what she calls Sea Creatures.  We spoke with Heike about her shift in project, her creative process and how she stays inspired as a Maker.

Photo Credit: Joshua McVeity

Photo Credit: Joshua McVeity

Have you always been a Maker?
I feel I was born a maker. My parents were makers before that was even a term, so I think it’s in my blood. My earliest memory is making a water wheel with my Opa, in the Bavarian Alps, with his trusty Swiss Army knife (which I still own).

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Interview with Lisa Corriveau of Spokesmama

squareHEADSHOTLisa Corriveau created the blog Spokesmama as a place to write about life, family, DIY projects, cycling, and engaging in her community. As a fan of Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, we invited her to partner with us this year as a Blog Ambassador, and she has been writing about her interest in the Maker community.

You write about cycling, DIY and parenting on your blog Spokesmama. What inspires you about this project?
I love doing things myself, from sewing clothing, to making my own deodorant, to biking as my main form of transportation. There’s something really satisfying about making something with your own hands & getting yourself around using your body. I love to share what I’ve learned with other people & I hope to inspire other families to ride bikes more often.

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Meet our Sponsor: MG Chemicals

MGLogo_square_400x400.gifVancouver 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 shop with Shaun of MG Chemicals.

We’re so happy to have you on board this year as a Sponsor. What is it about Maker Faire that draws your organization?
Well, the Maker movement is very important to MG Chemicals. Although recently we have become more involved in B2B and OEM business, most of our sales have traditionally been to small users in the electronics industry. There is a part of the Maker movement that definitely is leading to a revitalization of the small electronics manufacturer. Over the next decade at least, we expect to see a dramatic increase in the number of “basement operators” making useful high tech devices with real customer bases, and we hope to be well positioned to meet their chemical needs.

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Meet Your Speakers: John Biehler of 3D604

VIA_Biehler_headJohn Biehler bought his first 3D printer after seeing a demonstration on the Colbert Report. Since then he’s founded 3D604, a local 3D printing hobby group that has also acted as an incubator for companies producing 3D printers. He has written books on 3D printing and become an international authority on the topic. Andrew Macquistan spoke to John about the Vancouver 3D-printing scene. We spoke to him about 3D printing and what his group 3D604 will be doing at this year’s Faire.

AM: How did you get into 3D printing?
JB: My origin story — in 2009, I was at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Bree Pettis and the MakerBot team brought their prototype 3D printer to an event. That was my first exposure to the technology. The MakerBot was the first machine that was approachable from the average person’s standpoint when it came out. Continue reading

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