The Maker Faire Makes Way for New Friends, Fresh Ideas and Awesome Purchases

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Crafty Chica Kathy Cano-Murillo and I catch up at Maker Faire.
What happens at Maker Faire, stays at Maker Faire...
The size and scope of the faire could be overwhelming at times!
Crafty Chica Kathy Cano-Murillo and I catch up at Maker Faire.

Crafty Chica Kathy Cano-Murillo and I catch up at Maker Faire.

Photo: Laurel Tuohy

The aptly named Maker Faire more than lived up to it’s promising moniker, for two glorious days I was enchanted, captivated and absolutely blown away by the sheer genius on display and all realized by human hands. From the tiniest hand –sewn ‘chicken-pants’ stuffed toys that I found in the Craft Zone building of hand crafts to the colossal metal sculptures found throughout the entire fairgrounds, I found myself constantly wondering, "How did they ever come up with that?" And, because it was the Maker Faire, there was always someone close-at-hand to explain the exact process, or the actual experience of making practically everything in sight. In fact, many of the exhibitors offered tutorials, lecture/demos and some hands-on direction so that fairgoers could experience for themselves the creative process and make something wonderful that they could take home with them.


I wanted to camp out for a bit with the energetically crafty, Kathy Cano-Murillo (aka, The Crafty Chica)and hand paint with some of her totally fun glitter paints, or go and hang out with the awesome Craft Magazine team offering a full weekend’s worth of classes in the Maker building. But the one thing I couldn’t learn how to make at Maker was time itself, for I was also extremely busy at the CraftStylish booth as a steady stream of fairgoers stopped by to meet some of the CraftStylish staffers, check out some of the cool handmade projects that we had on display, and participate in the hourly raffle we held of some terrific Taunton Press books.


It was wonderful meeting people from all over the country who had come to the Bay Area specifically to attend Maker. I was also grateful to the many people who stopped by our booth. People came by wearing incredible sweaters, t-shirts, dresses and hats that they had made themselves, or showed off the cool things that they had just purchased. One magnanimous lady actually showed up at the booth with her grandmother’s old button collection in a cookie tin. She explained that she brought it to Maker looking for someone to give it to and after she had picked up the fanciful, button-bangle bracelet on our table she decided to hand over the tin to us! We were blown away by her generosity and spent awhile pouring through all of the button treasures in her gift tin.


It was definitely a whirlwind weekend but I still managed to get in a few choice purchases of my own for those waiting for me back in Seattle. For the professional photographer in my life, Gregg, I just couldn’t resist the Maker high-speed photography kit. When I got home late Sunday night, I went to bed leaving Gregg up well into the night putting the kit together. Now we have pictures of rain (a daily occurrence here in the Northwest) actually falling! And my stepdaughter, Elliott, was delighted with the cool silk screen t-shirts I bought for her. She’s 11 years old, and I felt that if she thought that they were cool (I had thought so) then they definitely have that uber-cool-wide-ranging demographic vibe. For myself, I just had to have one of the felted logs hand made by Erika at My Imaginary Boyfriend. It looks awesome next to our gas fireplace and well; it just makes me smile every time I look at it. Frankly, it also has me thinking about Maker Faire Austin coming up in October. Maybe I’ll meet you there?

 

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madeline_mcrae writes: Hi,
I met you while I was at the Maker Faire, I was with my husband and kids and you took some time to tell us about the website, which I LOVE. Thanks for your time and for this write up about the fair. I like what you wrote and you captured what the experience was like for us too. I hope you write some for for the site.
Maddy
Posted: 10:36 pm on May 19th
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