We're beginning to talk about the 2nd Annual Mini Maker Faire in Mendocino County in 2014. It's never too early to begin dreaming, thinking, planning, and, of course, making. Our target date is Saturday, May 24, 2014
, the first day of Memorial Day weekend, followed by the Willits Car Show on Sunday, May 25, 2014.
With an amazing array of vintage cars on hand, it would be fun to include a focus on automotive technology through the years.
After all, the folks who invented, designed and refined cars over the past hundred years certainly qualified in the Maker realm. Even today, the restoration of historic cars is a creative endeavor. Moving cars into the alternative energy mode is another call for innovation. We're open to ideas about how we can bridge between the Mini Maker Faire and the Car Show.Another
area in which we would welcome your input is for a Saturday evening dinner/dance
, which will serve as the fundraising mechanism to support the production of the Mini Maker Faire, as well as Mendocino County Museum's 4E Fund (Exhibits-Events-Education-Endowment). Last May, we had the Maker Masquerade - what are your ideas for 2014
?Finally, someone turned in a cool idea that we couldn't make happen this year, but 2014 is our opportunity - power tool races!
What do you think? Is there anyone out there who would be interested in helping make this happen next year? Let us know!Ideas - Suggestions - Comments are welcome at Info@MendocinoMakerFaire.com
THANK YOU TO All
WHO MADE, CAME, SAW, TRIED, ATE, BUILT, PLAYED, EXPLAINED, DANCED &
enjoyed a wonderful day at the
Mini Maker Faire
at the Mendocino County Museum!
We are amazed and grateful for the Makers
from near and far who believe in the spirit of creative action and were willing to share their talents.
We are heartened and grateful for the Participants
of all ages who were curious and committed enough to check out this thing called a Maker Faire.
The Mini Maker Faire was successful in bringing together Makers
- 25 of them - and Explorers
- over 580 of them - on a bright, breezy day in the verdant backyard of the Museum - with delicious food by Senerchia Bakery and lively music by Redbud Trio.
We heard loud and clear the call for another Mini Maker Faire next year, with more of everything that made this first one so engaging and enlightening. In the meantime, we would love to hear from you: What activities did you like the most? Do you know any makers whom we should contact? Is Saturday on Memorial Day weekend a good date? What would you think about a small admission fee to help cover some of the costs? Contact us & tell us.
Three days to go. Things are falling into place. We are still getting inquiries about Maker booths, and so far, we're still saying yes, there's room for one more. We set modest expectations of 20 booths for our first Mini Maker Faire, and we've met and surpassed them. This is new territory - making a Maker Faire - and we're approaching it as an experiment. Trying something new, testing the theory that Mendocino County is a natural environment for Makers. Given the opportunity and the audience, Mendocino County Makers will amaze with technical know-how and artistic skill. And given the sharing of time and talent, Mendocino County citizens will join in celebrating a culture of do-it-yourself and exploration. Come and discover history and more!
In a manner of speaking, Mothers are Makers, so today, like that related day in June should also be called Makers' Day, and, on all counts, there is reason to celebrate. Last week, I met a few of the Makers who have come forward to share their talents at the Mendocino County Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, May 25th, at the Museum.
They are "cool", which may date me. What about "awesome"? Or "formidable" in French (but, for all I know, that term may be passe now, as well). The words may change, but the feelings of creativity and possibility, of sustained effort, of mistakes and retakes, of utility or excess or both, and of hope and success, which fuel Makers and encourage would-be makers are real and deep.
We're honored to be part of this movement and to showcase Maker Minds in Mendocino County. Yes, it's our first year, and we're trying to explain to some folks what a Maker Faire is, and, at the same time,searching out people who are just "handy" at inventions and homesteading and do-it-yourself. There's room for as many Makers as we can find, so if you're one, or know of one, let them know that there's a place for Mendocino Makers. And have a Happy Makers' Day!
What do you get when you put a group of creative, driven, overbooked people in a room - an adaptive agenda, amazing connections, cool ideas, naming names - all part of fashioning a faire. Many makers mentioned: jewelry, pottery, solar energy, hydroponic salads, 3-D printers, welding. Now is the time for all good Makers to come to the aid of their community. We know you're out there. Tell us what you Make >>> Show us what you Make >>> Share what you Make at the Mendocino County Mini Maker Faire on May 25! Download a Maker application or fill it out online (go to the buttons on the right). We would love to hear from you!
A family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness,
and a celebration of the Maker movement.
A Maker Faire
, like Art, fits in the category of you'll know it when you see it. In the meantime, we'll parse the official definition above:
- Family-friendly means it's for people of ages. It's never to early to introduce problem-solving, and mechanical and artistic expression. And it's never too late to continue a craft or try new technologies. It's a place to go where everyone can participate.
- Showcase means it's available for all to see and do. Out of garages and spare bedrooms, work spaces and offices, and into lively displays and open demonstrations.
- Invention - If necessity is the mother of invention, invention is the parent of the Maker Faire. If it doesn't exist, someone will make it. Someone invented the Maker Faire!
- Creativity - The act of creating takes a word, a concept, an idea and makes it real, makes it happen, in a new and wonderful way. It's the spark and the fire that results. Maker Faires are filled with creative ideas that have been made into creations.
- Resourcefulness is both recognizing the abundance of resources we have - interesting materials, recycled and re-purposed objects, sustainable energy, experienced Makers - and using them in new, different, and creative ways. It's looking at our world in a Half-Full way and making things happen with what we've got at hand.
- Celebration - Well, everyone loves a party. Making is a contact sport that everyone can enjoy!
- Maker movement - See all of the above. It means being an active participant in one's own life and in the life of our communities.
A Maker Faire
has booths, displays, demonstrations, workshops all designed to share what people are making, inventing, creating, and learning, whether it's a crocheted scarf, or a model robot, a book cover recycled into a notebook, or a fantastical vehicle. It's come one and come all!The Mendocino County Mini Maker Faire is going to be about 3% of the size of the mother Maker Faire in San Mateo. But we'll have 100% of the creative and entrepreneurial spirit, because that always fills the space available. Anyone else want to try to explain a Maker Faire?
We're now an official Mini Maker Faire! Save the date: Saturday, May 25, 2013, 10 AM - 5 PM
The Mendocino County Museum
has long dreamed of sponsoring a regional Mini Maker Faire
in our county to celebrate the creative low-tech and high-tech pioneers who practice "artful ingenuity"
, our term for the talents and efforts of those who have designed and installed a solar panel, crafted a quilt, created cheese from goat to label, figured out a water pump or restored a stream, engineered a mountain bike, or planted a vegetable garden.
It's a chance to encourage "Maker Mind"
and an entrepreneurial spirit in those who are intrigued, but just haven't gotten around to trying something new. And it's a chance to model to and with our next generations
just what it takes to live in a DIY (do-it-yourself) kind of county, as well as in the ever-evolving world of avocations and careers that we can only imagine will exist in the future.
The Mendocino County Mini Maker Faire
is definitely a do-it-yourself project for the Museum and our partners, and we can use all the help we can get. We've got two requests right away:
Next post we'll tackle: What's a Maker Faire? - whether mini or massive
- Are you a Maker? Do you know someone who is? Let us know for our Maker mailing list! We're calling all Makers to tell us about their Maker skills and creations.
- Do you have photos of Makers in action? We're putting this website together before the Faire (where, of course, we will get lots of photos). Send them in & we'll select some to share!