For the third year in a row, I have the great pleasure and privilege of sharing with you some of the treats that are in store for visitors to the Brighton Mini Maker Faire in September. I hope that once you’ve read this, you’ll be as excited as me, and will rush to buy your ticket before they’re all snapped up.
If you thought you couldn’t get any more exciting than last year’s giant Scalextric track powered by cross-trainers or the ping pong table that made soundscapes as you played, then get a load of these babies. A giant knitting robot, laser printed trains, a 3D body scanner, and a social media powered photobooth are just some of the highlights we’ve got lined up for the event in September.
For those who haven’t been before, Brighton Mini Maker Faire brings together makers of all kinds – from arts and crafts, to technology, engineering and electronics, to DIY, woodworking and metalworking – to demonstrate and share their craft, and allow visitors to have a go at making something themselves. We always try to create an event with as much diversity and breadth as possible, so that everyone who attends can find something to delight and inspire them.
Because the event has been such a success for the past two years, this year we’ve decided to run it over two days, with the usual interactive exhibition on the Saturday and a day of more in-depth bookable workshops on the Sunday, to give people more opportunity to really get under the skin of making something. Here’s a bit more detail on each day…
Saturday 7th September – Interactive Exhibition at the Corn Exchange, 10am-5pm
£5 (£3 early bird booking for adults until 31st July), kids FREE (with ticket)
On Saturday we’ll have a similar format to previous years, with hands-on stalls, inspiring talks and mini making sessions for all ages. To give you a flavour, here are just a few of the things you can expect to see…
Break the Mould – an interactive installation where visitors can get a 3D print-out of themselves
Agnes Robotknit – a life sized humanoid knitting robot who can knit by hand like a person
Thonk – learn how to make your own suitcase synthesiser
Laser-scanned, 3D Printed Trains – 3D printed model train kits
Robots for Everyone – how to make your own robot from bits you have around the house
Recycled Paper Books – a workshop where you can make a new book out of an old magazine
The Marvellous Mechanical Yarn Emporium – draw it, scan it, knit it!
The Great Leathercraft Revival – come and make your own belt, dog collar or iPad case
Socsnap – a Raspberry Pi based photo booth
Sock Monsters – bring a pair of old socks and turn them into a monster
For the complete line-up, visit the Maker page.
Sunday 8th September – Workshops at the Dome Foyer & Bar
Ticket prices vary per workshop
On Sunday we’ll be laying on more in-depth making sessions where you can book in advance to learn new skills and make something useful, artistic or outlandish, including robotics, printmaking, stained glass, felt-making and up-cycling. Stay tuned for more details and links to book for these.
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Get your ticket for Saturday now while the earlybird tickets last: