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Zee Kesler: Merging Arts and Trades

Building the Tiny Community Center

Two years ago Zee Kessler posted on this very blog about her project; the goal was to build a “tiny house” to be used as a mobile classroom and artist residency. 

Zee’s motivation (and inspiration) for her project came from many sources: the high cost of commercial rental space in the city, her experience co-creating the Maker Mobile, and her thirst for more technical knowledge in realm of carpentry.

Over the summer of 2014, Zee worked with a team of talented friends with a wide range of technical skills where she learned the true value of  trades. Through the experience of building a mobile classroom, Zee was able to see how innovative thinking combined with technical know-how is the magic that brings ideas to life.

IMG_1676These days, Zee is busy hosting an artist residency with Emily Smith and Francoise Thibault out of the Tiny Community Center called the “Magic Trout Imaginarium” based out of John Hendry Park on the north side of Trout Lake Community Centre.

This summer Zee is passing on some of the tool skills she learned from Youngmakerscamp_webbuilding the Tiny Community Center. This summer, Zee is hosting 3 sessions of half day summer camps for kids 7-12 focused on tool use and material exploration in art making.

To learn more about how Zee was able to make this project happen through the magic of the local maker community, and to learn about her camps, catch her talk at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire’s Speaker Series 12:30pm Sunday June 12th.

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Meet your Makers: The Stump Artist, Jesse Toso

Toso Wood Works

This is Jesse Toso, aka the Stump Artist. He’s the creative force behind Toso Wood Works. He also likes to carve things with a chainsaw. Jesse has been an award winning chainsaw carver for over 10 years and demonstrates his talents in shows and competitions across Canada.

Toso Wood Works

Toso Wood Works sources salvaged, wind fallen or beach combed wood to create unique pieces that reflect a west coast lifestyle. They love wood with a story, like their spalted maple coffee table created from a stump salvaged on northern Vancouver Island, or their tables made from trees that fell in the 2006 storm that ravaged Stanley Park.

Jesse will be at Maker Faire with his chainsaw so you won’t want to miss him!

Toso Wood Works

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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!
Wil Wong One-on-One shootout hockey
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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Micromouse robot building contest

Today we’re featuring a fun robot building contest hosted by Dan Royer of MarginallyClever.com. Dan is a lifelong maker and robot builder that has been to (and presented at) every Maker Faire in Vancouver as well as quite a few of the international ones. He’s famous for his Makelangelo drawing robot among other robot creations he demonstrates at his booth.

At this year’s Faire, the Micro mouse robot contest will award cash prizes for the top three fastest robots that can solve the giant maze. You can build your robot using just about anything you want and you can form a team to collaborate on a robot build.

micromouse

Please note that you will need to build your own robot (following the rules linked below) BEFORE the event in June. You’ll then race your robot at Maker Faire.

Entries will be accepted until June 7th and the Faire is on June 11th & 12th. There is no entry fee but you will be required to gain admission to the Maker Faire yourself (robots get in free!).

Watch this brief video clip to see what kind of robots compete in this challenge:

Head over to the contest page for the full details on the robot competition and to register. Start building!

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