We want to thank all of our Makers, Volunteers, Sponsors, Guests and others who helped make Bristol’s First Mini Maker Faire a huge success!
All who attended had great fun. Whether meeting new Makers, learning about processes and tools Makers use in their projects, creating make-and-take projects, or listening to Makers speak, visitors had the opportunity to experience new things, meet new people, and experience a Maker Faire in full swing.
When we read through our big pile of feedback forms we were pleased to hear that people were delighted by the variety of futuristic and quirky computational exhibits, and that they also also enjoyed the ancient technologies on display and the tactile quality of hands-on activities. Here’s something one of our makers wrote:
I had a great day, and I from what I heard the other volunteers from Avon Guild of Spinners, Weavers & Dyers did too. There were five of us and we didn’t have a lull from setting up to breaking down. So many interested people from 18 months old to 80ish. Lots of people participated in braiding, weaving on small looms, weaving on peg looms, and drop spindling. Lots of people interesting in spinning wheel technology and the craft of creating yarn.
People seemed to find us approachable, and I was so pleased to talk to so many different people. Women from Pakistan, India and Germany approached me with memories of their mums and grans spinning on wheels or weaving rugs. Many brought their kids and could say, ‘look, this is what granny used to do’. A man who spent his working life in textile mills in Lancashire chatted with me. After a lifetime of seeing large-scale industrial spinning he is thinking of buying a wheel and spinning yarn with which his wife can knit.
Photo: Ruby Walker
People touched EVERYTHING! We are a very tactile craft. Some people watched from a distance, some just touched the fibres, weaving and knitting, and some people made small things to take away, some just talked or enquired. It was lovely to see people drawn in to whatever degree suited them, and be so taken with what we (and they) can do with just their hands and some simple, cheap equipment.