We’ve had a record-breaking number of applications for our fourth Brighton Maker Faire, which will take place on Saturday 6 September 2014 at the Corn Exchange in Brighton, East Sussex.
The Brighton Maker Faire is praised as one of the most interactive, innovative, educational and fun family-friendly events of the year with activities for all ages. So, what do we have in-store for our visitors?
The team of volunteers behind the Brighton Mini Maker Faire has been busy with preparations for the big day on 6th September 2014. This year, we will be launching the Young Inventors Centre at the faire with a workshop themed ‘a Noisy, Wearable, Playful combination’ and we are looking for 12 artists from the South of England and North of France to take part and run the workshop organised by Exploring Senses and supported by ReCreate.
The deadline for applications is Friday 1st August. Continue reading
Bare Conductive make electrically conductive paint and a range of creative kits. Whether you are interested in graphical wiring, paper switches or integrating sensors into your craft project, Bare provides a platform to get you started.
Bare have taken an exciting turn this year with the launch of their first piece of hardware – the Touch Board. Stop by the stand to see how the board can connect to anything conductive to create unusual instruments, light switches and proximity sensors. It will make you completely reimagine electrical interfaces! You will also be able to pick up the products at the stall and ask any questions you might have about what’s on show. Can’t wait til September? Check out the video below to find out more:
Thanks to Bare Conductive for supporting Brighton Mini Maker Faire over the years – and for making cool stuff for makers to play with.
One of the goals of Maker Faire is to blur and break down the boundaries between ‘art’ and ‘technology’ – to us, and to many of our Makers, the two fields are complimentary rather than mutually exclusive. When you combine the traditional theory and practice of art with opportunities and ideas introduced by new technology, magical things happen: knitting robots, musical ping-pong tables, 3D printed sculptures – all are a result of technology plus art.
So it’s delightful to see the incorporation of science and technology into respected and popular works in the traditional art world. This weekend marks the end of the annual Brighton Festival – an internationally renowned arts and culture festival – and this year’s program featured some intriguing and hugely enjoyable interactive works which were created at the intersection of science and art.
We are pleased to announce that Maker Submissions for the 2014 Brighton Mini Maker Faire are now open! This year’s Mini Maker Faire will take place on Saturday the 6th of September at the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange.
From DIY microscopes to CAD workshops, intros to wool felting to underwater robot demos, we’re looking to showcase the rich cornucopia of projects from Makers all across the UK.
11.30am The doors have been open for an hour and a half and we’re now in full swing, with punters exploring all the amazing exhibits the Corn Exchange, Foyer Bar and Mezzanine. For us it’s already been a long day – the organisers and volunteers have been setting up since 6am! As is traditional at Brighton Maker Faire, visitors are being chased by a dalek, who is this year accompanied by some rather unnerving robot traffic cones, and there’s a hum of whizzy, whirry, jangly noises eminating from every space.
The mini conference is also underway, and I’ve just heard that Maggie Philbin (of Tomorrow’s World and Bang Goes The Theory fame) has entered the building. This has caused much excitement amongst the crew, who are all huge fans. She’ll be chairing a debate at 1pm on Making for Social Good, and I’m *hoping* to interview her afterwards, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, here’s a lovely photo of a little girl making fruit light up – as you do at Maker Faire.
It’s the day before Brighton Maker Faire, but to us it may as well be Christmas Eve. As always, after months of preparation and anticipation, when the day finally comes along, there’s something totally surreal and magical about it all. Just like children poking the stocking at the end of their bed with their toes, we’ve been eagerly reading all the makers’ tweets and blog posts about their preparations, keen to discover what amazing and outlandish toys we can unwrap to play with tomorrow. And you’d better believe we’ll be up at the crack of dawn, searching for those metaphorical chocolate coins.
But just like Christmas, the biggest joy of the occasion is in the giving of joy to others, and so we invite you to share in our excitement and get a cheeky preview of some of the makerly delights in store for you over the weekend…
The Essential Info
Saturday: The main interactive exhibition is on Saturday from 10am-5pm. This takes place across the Corn Exchange and Dome Foyer bar, and you can still buy tickets on the door (but you might have to queue). Adult tickets are £5, but under 16s get in for free. Cash only.
Meet Lewis Sykes, creator of the Augmented Tonoscope, which you can see at the interactive exhibition on Saturday 7th September at the Corn Exchange. Lewis will also be running a workshop on Sunday 8th September, exploring the science of sound and showing you how to create your own cymatic device.
What kind of maker are you?
I’m a media artist and musician, currently in the final year of a PhD at Manchester Met. I make physical artworks and instruments that explore the relationship between sound and vision.
In the first of our ‘Meet the Maker’ previews, we talk to steampunk jewellery maker and general tinkerer, Chanchala Ariyaratne. Chanchala and her husband Rob will bring a new project, Irregular As Clockwork, to Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2013.
What kind of maker are you?
We’re two makers – Rob (my husband) & Chanchala (me!). We love making fun stuff and love to spend our free time (which is very limited) making interesting and quirky things! I run a small craft business through which I sell my handmade jewellery, accessories & homewares (very Steampunk inspired & incorporating broken & upcycled materials). Rob has very little time for making but he’s made some crazy robots and we’ve been inspired by previous Mini Maker Faires, and been lucky enough to participate as Makers.
I’m basically the kind of Maker who would take my Dremel on holiday with me if it fitted in my suitcase. Rob’s making mostly involves computer modeling and programming, so it’s a little more portable!