For anyone who’s ever been to an Austin or Bay Area Maker Faire, I’m sure you’ll echo my sentiments that it is a respectable spectacle filled with spectacular spectacles. With an emphasis on the experiments of tinkerers from around the globe, it’s a great way to get inspiration for new projects as we head into summer. This weekend’s event in San Mateo, California, May 30 – 31, 2009, will not disappoint!
Steam carriage, photo by staxnet on flickr.
While this g33k gala is pretty out there, it isn’t just for geeks. Maker Faire is a family-friendly event and attracts all walks of makers and explorers. In my previous jaunts to these events, I‘ve met an architect who builds portable, modular, panoramic towers the size of a four story building. I’ve met people who build Tesla coils, just so they can have sword fights with lightning. I’ve met children who have built functioning robots, and bicycle enthusiasts who have built pedal-powered carnival rides out of recycled cycles. I’ve met people who use walnuts for gasoline, and a man who built a full size Babbage difference engine #2. As you might imagine, the list goes on and on, but certainly this is the hub where computer programmers, Steampunks, the Burning Man crowd, and the typical family of four can come together and rejoice in the marvels of mankind’s imagination.
Naturally, you should expect to see some Etsy folks there too, so if you’re coming to the Maker Faire, stop into the Bazaar Bizarre craft area and see the faces behind some of the glorious Etsy shops you know and love.
RedSheep battles AbsolutelySmall‘s chickenpants.
Etsy Admin Adam and I, Eric a.k.a. objecked, will also be on hand, with goodies and crafts. Make sure to stop in and say “hi” to us at the Expo Hall, where you can enter to win one of many Etsy tote bags stuffed with an Etsy t-shirt, Diana Eng’s new book Fashion Geek* from My Craftivity Store*, Eco-Cotton yarn and sewing supplies, fashion embellishing goodness from ilovetocreate, cool markers from Marvy Uchida, coupons, and more!
Free stuff not enough…? We will also have a station set up for you to get creative and make your own comic strips!
Give a shout in the comments below if you’ll be attending (or vending at) this year’s Maker Faire. We hope to see you! Not in the area? Find inspiration in the Geek Chic gift guide right now!
*Psst… yes, you! These links include a 10% discount code for Etsy Storque readers.