Category Archives: Meet your Makers

Meet Your Makers: Obscurius

The Obscurious duo (comprised of Amy Fielder and Niel McLaren) combine the art of needle felting with programmable lighting and whimsy to bring you a bazaar of impossible creatures.

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At their booth, you’ll see glowing wool sculptures brought to life with embedded LEDs. Sculptural needle felting is a relatively young art form developed in the 1980s. The technique uses notched needles and wool to create 2D or 3D designs.

Amy and Niel discovered needle felting at the 2015 Eastside Culture Crawl and were excited by the enormous variety of shapes that could be created, and are now combining this textile medium with computer-controlled LEDs and EL wire to create soft, glowing sculptures. They are interested in exploring the lighting, colour, and shape of deep sea creatures, viscera, and fungi.

Amy Fielder is a designer for children’s cartoons, a portrait painter, and a fan of the humourously grotesque. Lately, she’s been translating her sketchy weirdness into creating huggable things. Niel McLaren likes to create interactive experiences. He is interested in different conceptions of time and space and in crossovers between computer algorithms and natural forms.

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Meet Your Makers: Wil Wong – One-on-One Shootout Hockey

Upon leaving 2014’s Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, Wil Wong couldn’t wait to attend the next one… not as a spectator, but to join the Maker community as an exhibitor!
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This is a common theme with people that attend. Many makers that exhibit were attendees previously. Maker Faire’s have a tendency to show people that everyone is a maker and we all have something we’re passionate about…and many like to show it off.

If you enjoyed Wil’s Star War-inspired table hockey game last year then you won’t want to miss this year’s creation: the world’s largest scaled interactive One-On-One Shootout table hockey game. The classic showdown challenge of player versus goalie, bigger than you’ve seen it before! There will be plenty of room for maneuvering as the playing surface is 10 foot long. Drop by and be a part of the action!

Wil graduated from Langara’s Art & Merchandising program. His many passions include writing music, inventing, and collecting table hockey games. He is an art director for a trade magazine, and is writing a book about the history of table hockey.

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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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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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