A few weekedends back I took a break from a three day CreativeLive course and hoped on over to Denver’s first mini Maker Faire with my toddler in tow.
I wanted to share my impressions of the Faire from the perspective of a sewer and arts and crafts maker.
About ten percent of the Faire booths were makers that would fall into my traditional areas of interest; Cei Lambert a fiber artist and designer with his loom, the Denver Sewing Collective with a few sewing projects to make and take home, Craftsy educator Carol Ann Waugh, Revive Gifts offering upcycled steampunk items, and some bobbin lace makers.
The Faire also featured quite a bit of technology related makers. I saw a lot of booths related to 3D printing, from companies offering their services, groups selling printers and 3D items, and a few make your own hackers. Robotics, technology and sculpture, laser and water cutters, and custom bike builders just to start.
I was really encouraged by a great number of booths that were education focused and most had activities for kids. My little guy was still a little small for most of the activities, but I think in a few years we could have much fun together.
All in all, as a crafty person I will pass on attending the Faire again. When my boy is a bit older, I think it will be a great experience for him.