Highlights from the 2015 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

I finally made it to Vancouver’s Mini Maker Faire. Cool event – interesting to have the more industrial, manufacturing, and technical stuff in the same place as the crafty/fibre stuff that attracts me. Gives it a different flavour. Lots of crazy people, but in the best possible way: see the pic below of the woman wearing a set of 10-foot (or wider?) expandable feathered wings. I had a peek at their frame and they must be so heavy! But they did look spectacular as they unfolded. Too bad my landscape-oriented photo that showed them at their full width was too blurry. Probably what made my jaw drop more than anything else was the guy who makes needle-felted Star Wars figures. I experimented with a bit of needle-felting at another booth (Fun! Blushing Lotus designs – ended up getting a kit) and I can’t imagine attempting to make a set of realistic people that way. He and his twin brother have made dozens, which they’ve then used as characters in photo board book versions of classics such as Moby Dick and Pride and Prejudice. Amazing. Now regretting not buying one.

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What to do with souvenir bookmarks?

As well as being Canada’s “most magnificent bookstore” (according to the late Allan Fotheringham), Victoria’s Munro’s Books also has some of the most beautiful bookmarks around. I have a nice collection that I’m aiming to recycle or repurpose as part of my decluttering mission. So, what to do? I thought I might collage a shoebox with them, which I could then use to store other memorabilia. Not a bad idea. A friend suggested some others: Make, a fan, a floor-to-ceiling stripe on my wall, a bracelet. And that’s without even checking Pinterest! Many possibilities…Munro’s tells me they have some new colours in too. Tempting, though contrary to the decluttering mission.

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Belated xmas craftiness

Magnets made with Urban Source stuff…

 

Experimenting with sealing wax from Opus…

What I learned…Had to try a whole bunch of different things (cutlery, various pieces of jewellery and knicknacks) before finding something that made a good impression in the wax. Finally settled on a brooch and an earring. The wax doesn’t stick, unless the pattern is intricate, as in the rectangular example above. Made a big mess, burned a finger, but had fun.

Long unfinished screenprint and embroidery project – finally done.

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Well, not finished here but somewhere I have a picture of it completed and framed. Screenprinted image is by Raymond Sheppard and comes from More Adventures of Pip, by Enid Blyton (1948).