Carolyn Ann Waugh, Fiber Artist, Weekend at the Faire

Carolyn Ann Waugh
May 5, 2014

What a weekend!  I was an exhibitor at the 1st Annual Denver Mini Maker Faire and what an amazing experience!  My two favorite exhibits were the guy who made substrates to grow mushrooms

And the Rocky Mountain Lace Guild (you have to be crazy to do this!)

But seriously, I love all things fiber and even though this looks very complicated, Jane Meier, President of the guild, assured me it wasn’t.  She taught me a couple of different knots but then she said her favorite thread was 120 wt!  (Mine is 12 wt so we are far apart!)

My favorite thing about this technique was the bobbins so I commissioned one from Jane who makes her own with a lathe and paints.  Love them!

This faire was filled with all kinds of “makers” from geeks to artists.  And that made it really interesting.  But the most exciting thing about this event was all the kids who came to get some hands on “making skills.”

The National Organization describes itself this way:

“Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

The launch of Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006 demonstrated the popularity of making and interest among legions of aspiring makers to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. A record 195,000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires in the Bay Area and New York in 2013, with 44% of attendees first timers at the Bay Area event, and 61% in New York. A family event, 50% attend the event with children. Also in 2013, 98 independently-produced Mini and Featured Maker Faires occurred around the world, including Tokyo, Rome, Santiago, and Oslo.”

Now, we can add Denver to their list!

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