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Why This Habitual Maker Is Excited to Go to Maker Faire

Why This Habitual Maker Is Excited to Go to Maker Faire


Forfatter: Ethan Holmes, 2019

I haven’t been a Maker for very long. At this time last year, I had just purchased my first table saw. During the day, I would busily disassemble pallets in my garage, then move everything into a corner so I could park the car inside at night. Just one year later, my workshop has expanded to fill the garage. My hobby – fueled by YouTube videos, how-to articles, and the community behind them – supplanted my desk job and propelled me into a career as a full-time Maker and content creator. The car hasn’t seen the inside of the garage in months and probably never will again.

Maker Faire is a place where cool new ideas thrive, but so is the Internet. I see cool new ideas all the time. My favorite Makers are producing great content on YouTube and Instagram that inspires me every single day. Publications like Make: Magazine highlight even more great content that would otherwise slip beneath my radar. There is a glut of great creative content in my world, to the point that I don’t have time to watch all of it if I want to get any work done. Why, then, am I so excited to attend Maker Faire Bay Area next weekend?

Community

Workshop dwellers like myself are solitary creatures. The new breed of Maker is growing up with community maker spaces to fuel collaboration and the exchange of ideas, but people like me got our start in a basement or garage after work, figuring things out on the fly. As a full-time maker and content creator, I spend most of my day alone, either working in the shop or planning the next project. For me, Maker Faire represents a chance to bring a community aspect into what is otherwise a solo activity.

In the past year, I have interacted with hundreds of people who share my passion for creating and the drive to improve their skills. Maker Faire is built for these people. In addition to meeting popular Makers like Jimmy DiResta, Bob Clagett, David Picciuto, Simone Giertz, and Adam Savage (ADAM FREAKING SAVAGE), I also know I’ll finally get a chance to meet dozens of people I’ve been exchanging ideas with online for months, all of whom are flying in to attend the show. These are people who have influenced my work and who have in turn been influenced by my own creations, despite never meeting face to face. The chance to actually shake hands with people I admire and respect is reason enough to book the flight.

Forfatteren i hans naturlige habitat. Foto med tilladelse fra One Car Workshop

Forlader Comfort Zone

Så vidt Makers går, er jeg traditionel. Okay, jeg er kedelig. Min butik er for det meste træbearbejdningsværktøjer, samt nogle svejsnings- og metalbearbejdningsudstyr. Der er et loddejern i en skuffe et eller andet sted. Det handler om så højteknologisk som det bliver - ingen CNC, ingen lasere, ingen Arduino eller Raspberry Pi. Maker Faire vil have mange mennesker i den samme niche, men det er også vært for kunstnere, hackere og elektronikgenier, der laver robotter, skulpturer, flyvemaskiner og mange andre ting, jeg ikke ved noget om (flyvende skulpturbyggende robotter, måske ). Maker Faire Bay Area giver mig en enestående mulighed for at se og røre ved ting, jeg aldrig engang har overvejet at bygge, så møde skaberen af ​​den ting og stille dem spørgsmål. For at sige det mere simpelt: Jeg ved ikke, hvad jeg kommer til at se i næste weekend, og det er fantastisk.

Singular Experience

Makere er en unik race. Deres arbejde brøder ofte opdelingen mellem form og funktion, håndværk og kunst. I en nylig video sagde Laura Kampf: "Dit arbejde kan kun være lige så interessant som dit liv." Jimmy DiResta har ofte udtrykt lignende ideer ("foder din hjerne" er hans foretrukne udtryk). Hvis jeg er seriøs om at lave ting og forbedre sig som kunstner og håndværkere, føler jeg mig selv for at søge nye oplevelser. Deltager i Maker Faire Bay Area tager mig ud af min butik i tre dage, men jeg er sikker på, at min erfaring vil finde vej tilbage i mit arbejde, snart jeg kommer hjem.

Fra 20. maj til 22. maj vil mit værksted blive lukket. Hvis du har brug for mig, vil jeg være i San Mateo.

Billetter og information til Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 kan findes her.



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