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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 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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