Surprise! I have a very special post to share with you today. Last weekend was Maker Faire New York. I didn't make the cross country journey but 2 of my fellow "Craft Scouts" did, Cathy and Lindsey, and today's post and all the cool photos she took is brought to you by Lindsey. Thanks Lindsey for sharing!
As a first-timer to Maker Faire, I can honestly say I was blown away by the sheer amount of creativity, ingenuity, and energy of the whole event. We at Craftside were beyond impressed with the amazing creations surrounding us at the New York Hall of Science, including an MIDI-controlled musical robot that left us both enthralled and just a little bit deaf!
There was also a wide array of fun transportation hitting the pavement, such as this pink fish bicycle (fishcycle?!) that brightened up the streets.
Yes, it was fun and fascinating to witness the crafty and technological spectacles of the show. But the best part of Maker Faire NY was meeting all our fellow crafters and trading tips, ideas, and favorite projects – including these huge knitting needles that Cathy used to knit rope into a square slingshot! (There are many more extraordinary knitting projects in the new book Astounding Knits - a favorite at the show!)
Here, a couple young crafters get cozy in our smiley-face chair.
Our Amineko kids also came along – here they are perched atop Esme, our lovely mannequin.
And of course, as this crafter realized, no trip to Maker Faire would be complete without trying on the World’s Ugliest Sweater. (Lots of people, though, pointed out that they'd "seen uglier sweaters," so maybe the World's Craziest Sweater would be more accurate!)
With gorgeous weather, incredible concepts, and a mass of wonderfully creative people, it was truly a spectacular show. Imagination abounded, and I’m already starting to count the days until the next Maker Faire! If you weren’t able to attend, we hope to see you next time. :)