Tiny House community project

Zee's tiny house project!
My name is Zee and I am facilitating a tiny house workshop project build. Using salvaged materials, you can learn basic construction skills and the final product will be used as a tiny mobile community centre for Makers to host workshops and share skills with the community.


I love tiny spaces!  Last year, along with a group of teachers and community leaders, I co-founded the MakerMobile:Workshop on Wheels, a traveling classroom, hackspace and art studio in a renovated Ford Econoline van.  While working on this project, I started researching alternative mobile spaces for living and working and came across tiny houses in the process.


Do you want to learn to build a house or help this project happen?  

Check out the rest of the article here. Email me to find out more!


Zee Kesler is an Community Based Artist and mentor for kids 3-18. She is the co founder of the MakerMobile:Workshop on Wheels and facilitates the Maker Education Initiative  Meetup alongside Vancouver Mini Maker Faire Director Emily Smith. 



Maker Education Meetup: July 4th at the Vancouver Hack Space

John shows off some 3D printed parts at our first meetup

John shows off some 3D printed parts at our first meetup


Always wanted to check out a hackspace, but never had the chance? Now is the perfect time! The Vancouver Hack Space is hosting the next Maker Education meetup on July 4th at 7:30pm.


They have just moved into a brand new 3000 square foot space, which they’ve filled with laser cutters, 3D printers, all kinds of electronics and a crew of hackers working on interesting things. Better yet, we will be joined by representatives from some of Vancouver’s other excellent makerspaces and DIY groups, such as: the Vancouver Community Lab, the Vancouver Design Nerds, 3D604 3D printing group, the Vancouver Tool Library, Mozilla and more!


We will start the night with short talks introducing the different organizations, then there will be lots of time to check out the hackspace, socialize, and connect with all of the other interesting people who attend the Maker Education meetups.


Food and drink has been generously sponsored by Mozilla! It is absolutely free to attend but, if you would like to give back, you can bring a small cash donation to support the Vancouver Hack Space and Maker Foundation.


Please RSVP at the link below:


Meet Your Sponsors: The Hackery

Local business The Hackery has stepped up to sponsor Mini Maker Faire Vancouver for the third year in a row. They’ve supported us from the very beginning, even down to donating meeting space in their sweet rabbit warren warehouse in East Vancouver in our first year.


David Repa, founder of The Hackery, has been involved in supporting community efforts to make technology more accessible and fun for a long time. “I think it’s really important to have family oriented, hands-on, engaging events like Mini Maker Faire. People have a place to inspire each other, and celebrate making things for the love of it. Hacking and building can be done in your garage alone for years, but meeting other people who get a kick out of your creation is a pretty special feeling. There’s massive creative energy all around Vancouver.”


The Hackery, in its fifth year of business, repairs, recycles and re-sells computer equipment. They also help local makers find used motors, fans, wire, and odd-ball parts for projects — at affordable cost (and sometimes free!).


The Hackery is also a leader in ethical electronic waste recycling. They employ local people to dismantle equipment right in their Vancouver facility, meaning a smaller carbon footprint. Recycling is done in accordance with the Basel Convention, and they do not ship unprocessed equipment overseas. Best of all, they prioritize repair over recycling whenever possible, reducing the need to  manufacture brand-new equipment; this decreases the environmental and human impact of mining for conflict metals required for electronics.


The Hackery also maintains a “Vintage Computer Museum” to preserve obsolete computer equipment for educational and esoteric purposes. Some of their oddities will be on display at this year’s Mini Maker Faire, including a teletype from 1954 and some vintage computers. Come say hello and thank them for helping make this year’s event happen!

Maker Music: Meet your Artists: holzkopf

Jacob Hardy performs music under the name “holzkopf.” His interests are vast but are focussed on making dance music rooted in the traditions of detroit techno, dub mixing, free jazz and musique concrete. He mixes between a sampler he’s had since high school, a rejected drum machine and tapes in pitch control or modified tape decks. He often wires his equipment into feedback loops with each other so it gets confused. He will be playing a somewhat fluid, collage of beats, tapes, smooth bass lines and skronky noises.Jacob will be bringing his suitcase of electronic instruments, bent, broken and unchanged stuff.

Maker Music: Meet Your Artists: Dark Arps

A performance by ‘Dark Arps’

Veteran producer and engineer, Dark Arps is the latest moniker of Canadian electronic artist, Jonathan Bierman. Originally inspired by the slew of groundbreaking acts that arose from the UK’s DnB and triphop scenes in the 90’s, his tastes evolved to incorporate nu-skool breaks, progressive, and techno. Timeless acts such as Hybrid, Underworld and The Prodigy were influential role models that forged in him an equal commitment to musicality, high production standards and of course, dance-ability. Throughout the 2000’s he spent eight years producing, engineering, touring and performing with one of the UK’s first truly live DnB-breakbeat acts, Keiretsu, rocking dance floors all across Britain, from Edinburgh to Brighton. As well, during this period he continued to produce, remix and collaborate with an endless variety of electronic and traditional acts, giving him a diverse pool of influence from which to draw inspiration. Now in his 15th year as an electronic music producer, and reinvigorated by his new spiritual home of Vancouver BC, Dark Arps’ productions are more coherent, confident and technically sophisticated than ever.


Dark Arps proudly presents the “technosuit”, a three-way collaborative work with Vancouver artists Krista Lomax and Luke Detheridge. The technosuit is a future-gothic styled suit of armour, covered in an array of LEDs and electroluminescent wires, driven by an Arduino microcontroller. Using Ableton Live as the host sequencer to perform the music, complex MIDI messages are also transmitted to the Arduino to trigger an intricate and sympathetic sequence of lights which complement the music.

Announcing Maker Music on November 16th!

Come one! Come all to our first Maker Music Event!

Maker Music is a one evening event intended to showcase the DIY community in the performance art and music scene. Circuit benders, instrument makers, and performance artists will to this one night event on the evening of November 16 with a Maker dance party that will go late into the night. Musicianship is always considerably DIY, but in the Maker Movement ethos, we now have a chance to expose the rich creativity found in Vancouver’s music community and to celebrate it in one event. Come down and see what Maker Music is made of!

You must RSVP to gain admission to the event

You can purchase your tickets here

Stay tuned for event scheduling and artist showcases. This is an event you do not want to miss!

Maker Music: Call for Submissions

Call for Maker Musicians!

Do you make your own music instruments?

Do you use diy practices in your music production?

Do you use play your existing instruments in a creative way?

Are you an artist and affiliate closely to the Maker movement?

Then we want you!

Maker Music is a one evening event intended to showcase the DIY community in the performance art and music scene. Circuit benders, instrument makers, and performance artists are encouraged to apply to this one night event the first week of November. Musicianship is always considerably DIY, but in the Maker Movement ethos, we now have a chance to expose the rich creativity found in Vancouver’s music community and to celebrate it in one event.
Submit your application here by October 1st and join us in this wonderful event!

Meet Your Sponsor: The Hackery

The Hackery was most gracious to come on board as a community sponosor again for this year’s Maker Faire. The Hackery, located on the a block north of  East Hastings on Victoria Drive, is a fantastic tech shop that repairs, recycles, re-purposes and re-sells computers and electronics. These services have expanded beyond just catering to Vancouver. Their highly active online eBay store has since become an integral part in the international electronics collector community.


When you walk into The Hackery, the first thing you will notice is the diversity of equipment they have on their shelves. From Commodore PET computers, to vintage radios, to even one of the first fax machines, they have all kinds of wonders you could just oggle at for hours. Aside from their thriving online business, they have all kinds of walk-in customers: people looking for laptop replacement parts salvaged from their scrapyard, people interested in recycling electronics (which they spend the time to fully dismantle for usable parts, before sending true end of life material to audited material handlers and refineries), and in my case, electronics for one of my Maker projects!


David Repa, The Hackery’s founder and owner, was kind enough to walk me through their back area where they do their repairs. At one table, a monitor repair was being diagnosed by a DIY tool that could determine whether a capacitor was blown without removing the capacitor from the board. At another table was a diagnostics computer whose own innards hung down from a wooden beam above the workbench. I also got a demo on how one turned it on, you woud have to hot wire the thing. Awesome!


David also co-founded Free Geek Vancouver, and rented the upstairs of The Hackery to the founding members of the Vancouver Hackspace, one of our sister organizations, making him deeply ingrained in the DIY community here in Vancouver. He really does know how to hack in Vancouver, and his scrap yard is no exception. The ‘Scrap Yard’, a garage filled with computers and other electronics waiting to be sold, repaired, recycled, or cannibalized, was massive! Stacked with laptops, flats of Apple IIs (and all of it’s periphreals), bins of components and boards, and a self-repaired forklift. They even have their own in-house metal waste compactor (DIY’d no less!).

In a time where throwaway culture is becoming more and more prevalent, the value of The Hackery’s venture cannot be understated. They fight through the flood of disposability and find the gems, find the salvageable, and help people continue to use electronics free of guilt knowing that they have a proper ethical recycling facility at The Hackery when it is needed.


The Vancouver Maker/Hacker community is extremely lucky to have a space like The Hackery. Their warm, friendly, and open nature is very approachable and even my brief time interviewing them has left me with all sorts of ideas and inspiration for my next DIY project. I recommend stopping by, chatting with their staff, as there is all kinds of great things you could learn. Thanks again David, you guys are great!


You should follow The Hackery on Twitter here and on Facebook here.


Makers Assemble at North Van Elementary Schools


Last Friday morning, June 15th, I brought three makers with me to put on assemblies at two North Vancouver elementary schools.


Andrew Milne, Jesse Scott, and Vincent van Haaf brought their joy of making and some of their original creations to show off to the children. Despite being a bit nervous to present to 150 eight to twelve year olds, all three makers were super energized by the children’s enthusiasm. We were all impressed by the intelligent comments and questions, but our favourite was, “Do you do birthday parties?” Well, after the fun we had presenting in North Vancouver, birthday parties are under serious consideration…


Jesse Scott explains laser graffiti to a captive audience.

Andrew Milne shows off his hand-built 3D printer


Take those old pennies and make something new!

Wondering what to do with your pockets of soon-to-be-useless pennies? The Vancouver Design Nerds will be hosting a “Penny Nerd Jam” at this year’s Maker Faire, and will invite participants to turn pennies in to fantabulous objects! The jam will be happening for an hour on both Saturday and Sunday. More details on the timing of that jam to come.

We found a pretty stellar re-use of them from Shane Walton. It takes some time, but so do all things worthwhile and shiny.

Check out how to make it here


Photo by Shane Walton