To my great delight in November, I had an opportunity to travel to Rochester, New York for the Mini Maker Faire. Airigami had a project to complete, and it gave us a chance to field test some equipment that we
have been quietly designing for the past year (more about the equipment in the next issue). This particular balloon project was a giant top hat where upon entering guests could wear balloon rabbit ears and pop out magically. Larry had enough time to put together a quick build video
of the project.
are incredible! They are like a giant creative Show and Tell experience that's a cross between a crazy festival and an oversized community art project. Every fair is unique and filled with the most unusual and talented artists and engineers. I find that every one that I go to, I end up meeting someone, or seeing something, that was totally unexpected. I must admit I was totally taken by these two Star Wars characters. They were absolutely flawless.
To my delight, the project next to us was Toothpick World
. I thought I had a tricky job making things out of balloons,
but making things to scale out of individual toothpicks and glue is positively mind boggling. Stan Munro, the artist behind these massive structures, has the world record for the tallest toothpick structure at 16 feet tall. I felt his exhibit needed a monkey climbing the Empire State Building (he has also made 3 different CN towers). We had a lot of fun creatively playing and sharing creative projects with the people that we met that day.
If you would like to attend a Maker Faire, there is talk of one happening in Waterloo Region in 2015. They also appear all over the world
(including Toronto and Ottawa), and there are massive events in San Francisco and New York every year. I will announce the information on the local event it becomes available.