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Brighton Mini Makers Faire

by Folksy Support

Busy and loud
A guest post from Andrew Sleigh of Brighton Mini Makers Faire – shown here is the Maker Faire held in Newcastle earlier this year

Hello, I’m helping to organise an event in Brighton that I’d love to get Folky sellers, buyers, and the wider crafting community involved in. It’s called Mini Maker Faire, and it’s happening in Brighton on Saturday 3rd September.

For those that aren’t familiar with Maker Faire, here’s a bit of background. They were started a few years ago in the US by O’Reilly, who publish ‘Make’ and ‘Craft’ magazines. They have since grown to be huge multi-day events bringing together makers of all persuasions at 3 annual shows. There are also numerous semi-independent Maker Faires organised by grassroots maker communities, springing up around the world. These are called Mini Maker Faires, and we’re organising one, here in Brighton.

Brighton’s always been a creative place — I know there are lots of Folksy sellers here — and we have thriving maker community, including a busy local hackspace called BuildBrighton where local makers come together to work on projects, use the workshop and tools, and drink beer. BuildBrighton are one of the main organisers, and a big part of this Faire.

Brighton Mini Maker Faire will be a one-day event, free to the public, and it’s at the Brighton Dome, a beautiful venue right in the middle of town. We’ll have all kinds of crafters, tinkerers, hackers and engineers showing off their projects, from robots to knitting, 3D printing to dry felting. We’re also planning some workshops to show people how easy to it is to be a maker, whether it be in fabric crafts or soldering.

Brighton Mini Maker faire

There is an open call for makers to apply to show their projects. We want to showcase the finest makers from Brighton, the South East and further afield. The deadline for applications was officially 30th June, but if you’ve got a great project that we’ve just got to show, please do get in touch even if it’s after that date — we’ll be planning the event layout throughout July. You can find out more at http://www.makerfairebrighton.com/makers

If you don’t have a project you’d like to show, we’d still like you to come along. You can find out more on our website, join us on Facebook or stay up to date by following us on Twitter.

And if you have any questions, or you know of a maker who we should definitely invite, please let me know in the comments below. Thanks, Andrew.

Andrew Sleigh is a maker (of camping gear) and a member of BuildBrighton.

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2 comments

Emily @ Cuttlefishlove Kanzashi August 31, 2011 - 3:30 pm

Hi I’m one of the makers at Brighton Mini Makers Faire! I also have a Folksy shop which you can see at http://www.folksy.com/shops/cuttlefishlove where I sell my handmade kanzashi (Japanese inspired hair accessories and brooches).

I’ll be showing people how to make kanzashi flowers from scrap materials at Brighton Mini Makers Faire!

Sarah September 1, 2011 - 10:19 am

Hi Emily, stop by and say hello to us on the Folksy table, see you there!

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