Giant robotic spiders, bacon curers knitters and quilters may not seem to have a lot in common, but all these, and more, were present at the first Vancouver Mini Maker Faire recently.
The faire, which took place at the Great Northern Way campus June 24-25, was a “celebration of making, crafting, Do-It-Yourself, tinkering, hacking and sharing”, according to organizers. It was based on similar faires held in California, Detroit, New York and Ghana. The largest maker faire, in San Francisco, attracts 90,000 people annually.
Not only did the “makers” show off their creations, but, true to the maker ethos, they invited faire-goers to make things as well -- such as model airplanes, electroluminscent bike kits, flashing LED lights (I made one and it works!) and wind-driven sculptures.