Guest Post from Emily Wright, 2011 Maker

Quite a few people have said to me that they thought Maker Faire was all about technological inventions and digital geekery, but if you were at Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2011, you would have seen that we also had a massive amount of traditional crafts, including sewing, knitting, crocheting, felting, mosaics, woodworking and more. This year, with a much bigger space, we hope to be able to add to that list, and are currently on the hunt for makers of all types from across Sussex and beyond. If you’re interested in applying and are wondering what’s involved, here’s a guest post from one of our needlecrafters, Emily Wright, whose Kanzashi workshop went down a storm with adults and kids of all ages.

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Emily Wright said:

“I did the Mini Maker Faire last year, teaching a kanzashi making workshop. If you don’t know what kanzashi are, you can see the ones that I make and sell in my online shop here: www.etsy.com/shop/cuttlefishlove

The event was incredible fun…I have never manned such a busy stall, talked to so many people or got so much positive feedback about what I was doing. At one point the craft area was so full of people that I couldn’t get all the way around my table to help people sitting on the other side! This year the organisers have massively expanded the space it will be held in so that it will use, not only the Dome Foyer (as before,) but the Corn Exchange as well…

For me the event was a huge success – I still get people coming up to me now saying they know what kanzashi are as a friend of a friend was raving about making them at BMMF, I made several sales of my own kanzashi and taught…ooooh I’m going to say hundreds of people how to make them themselves! I met some fantastic people during the day and was really impressed with the quality of what they made! Lots of people who came to the event blogged about me and my kanzashi afterwards, and I still regularly get hits from the BMMF website where I have a profile…” Read the whole post over on Emily’s blog

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Do you have an interactive craft, or something cool you’ve made that other people might like to see, that you could bring to Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2012? Tell us all about it here on the maker application page: www.makerfairebrighton.com/call-to-makers-2012. You’ve got until 20th June to apply!

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