Maker Faire 2011 - San Mateo, California
Sunday morning we headed to Marin County, over the Golden Gate Bridge, through San Francisco and down south to San Mateo.
I had seen photos about the Maker Faire but seeing it up close and personal was a completely different thing. It was incredible.
It was amazing to attend an invent that encouraged so much innovation, creativity and imagination.
What do you think of this vest?
I want that hat.
The Faire was pretty overwhelming. There were so many things to see and way too many people for my liking. For some reason when we were in the small Steampunk area, I seemed calm down a bit and felt relaxed. By far it was my favorite part of the Maker Faire. Although I liked the robots and the crafts, I think I would have loved an entire faire based around Steampunk.
This gentleman had in his hand an expandable fisted glove (aka Punchy Fist) that he'd swing out toward people. Keiran wants to make one of course.
He is a member of the Leage of S.T.E.A.M.
I just adored their passion.
This lovely booth had members calling over people to come and sit down and write a letter with an old fashion pen and drawing ink. Both children wrote a small letter at the St. Clair Aeronauts booth. Their business card reads "When it absolutely, Positively has to be there........Next Week!" Their purpose is to encourage people to sit down and write letters. They are based in San Jose.
What's not to love about that?
The children were as much in awe about it as I was. Our goal this summer (we all decided) is "Camp Steampunk" where we craft costume, tools and gadgets. The Handcar Regatta is just around the corner. This year we will be ready.
You can pre-order it now on Amazon.
It's written by Thomas Willeford, A Steampunk enthusiast.
The crowds were so intense and we couldn't really see everything. We should have gone both Saturday and Sunday as Cathe Holden suggested to me. Next year we'll arrive Saturday morning, stay in a discounted hotel and attend Sunday as well. The early bird tickets were $50 for all four of us. To me this in incredible value for money. Even Cerys who in her 11th year would usually prefer to stay home and read, has said over and over again to me about how much she loved the Maker Faire.
Did you know that there is a club for building R2D2 robots?
There are Maker Faires and Mini Maker Faires across the county. You can even try to create your own Maker Faire here. The next Maker Faire is in North Carolina on June 18th.
As they say on the website, "Our goal is to bring together Makers, Crafters, Inventors, Evil Geniuses, Scientists, Artists, and everyone else for a day of fun and inspiration."
It was simply incredible.