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Maker Festival: Walking Around

The Maker Festival was held at the Toronto Reference Library on July 9 and 10. It was a completely free event and offered various talks, workshops and displays by the maker community. I went to check out various 3D printing companies but saw a lot of other neat things. Pictured above are the ROM’s cardboard dinosaur, which was manually controlled by two people, and a life size R2D2 which was remote controlled. Check out the Maker Festival website for details of their other satellite events for makers of all kinds in Toronto.



Ebru (Water Marbling)

Ebru involves making designs on the surface of water with different coloured dyes and then transferring the design to paper, fabric or an object. I was mesmerized by the entire process of creating this flower. The artist started with two circles of green that she dragged out to form the stem and leaves. She then added the yellow of the flower, and used a needle-like tool to drag in folds for each of the flower’s individual petals. The final design was transferred to a sheet of paper and left to dry. The artist’s name is Serap Bulsen and you can see more of her work on her website.



Tick Tock Tom Sculptures

Tick Tock Tom builds these elaborate scrap metal sculptures from broken machines and discarded technology. He describes his work as bringing “new life from old parts”. You can see more of his artwork on his website.



The Glowatorium

An entire room was kept dark for all the objects that lit up.

  • Makelab provided this giant digital colouring book which could be coloured with “light” markers.
  • Christopher Lewis and Breeyn McCarney created an EL wire knit dress. The dress was made with more than 100m of wire shaped into a continuous-line rose motif which appears to float over a transparent skirt, and the top follows a traditional knit lace pattern.
  • The kaleidoscopic mandalas and geometric lanterns are the work of The Playful Geometer.
  • The Creative Technologists of Toronto created a diorama. It is a paper cityscape that uses microcontrollers and LEDs to blink a 140 character morse code message.


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Laser Cutters

Laser cutters use a high powered laser to cut materials and they are becoming more common with hobbyists. A laser cutter was used to cut these intricate paper designs that are fit together to form decorative objects. A laser cutter was also used to detail this miniature Aztec calendar on wood.


Read more on this topic –  The Maker Festival: All the Cool Things! – Part 2.

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