Meet the Maker: Mintchi

Mintchi's handmade eco owls

Mintchi’s handmade eco owls

Mintchi ® is an eco friendly brand of handmade home decoration and toys created in Sydney.

Offering a unique range of gifts which don’t impact our environment is something which designer Joana Mintcheva is very passionate about.

All items in the range are run exclusively for a limited time only, this is due to the core value of the business which is to only use recycled and end roll materials and not to harm the outside world or even their local neighbourhood by mass production. Even across the same product none are identical as every item is handmade and every piece has its unique features, characteristics and personality.

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Meet the Maker: Makers Empire

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The Maker Faire Movement

IMG_7071Curious about what the Maker Movement is all about? Producer of the Sydney Mini Maker Faire, Daniel Green, was invited to write an article  on just this topic for design blog D*Hub

When discussing the maker movement, one question inevitably arises: What is a maker?

Many activities are commonly associated with makers and the wider “movement”, from coding, cooking and crafting to podcasting, permaculture and citizen science. Then there’s the wide landscape of things created using 3D printers, not to mention the maker/hacker spaces, fab labs, and enthusiast groups that enable members and newcomers alike to get a taste for this new frontier of production.

When viewed this way, it becomes very easy to overthink what a maker is and can be – after all, how can such disparate activities truly exist under the same banner?

For the answer to this question and more check out the full article over at D*Hub

Book now for the 2014 Sydney Mini Maker Faire

The Sydney Mini Maker Faire returns to the Powerhouse Museum for the opening weekend of Sydney Design 2014 on Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 August, 10am – 5pm.

Join us for an inspiring, family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. Including robotics, electronics, arts and crafts, and everything in between, Sydney Mini Maker Faire is set to entertain, inform and connect.

The 2014 Sydney Mini Maker Faire will  feature stalls showcasing Maker Projects from around Australia as well as an exclusive series of talks and workshops.

Tickets are available online now, so beat the crowds and book your tickets now.

Ticket Prices:

  • One Day Pass: $15 adult, $8 child/concession, $38 family (1 adult and up to 3 children; or 2 adults and up to 2 children)
  • Two Day Pass: $22 adult, $12 child/concession, $57 family
  • Free for Powerhouse Members
The line for entry into the 2013 Sydney Mini Maker Faire Photo by: Daniel Green

The line for entry into the 2013 Sydney Mini Maker Faire Photo by: Daniel Green

Meet The Maker: Elise Cameron-Smith

Elise Cameron-Smith designs and makes furniture. Living on the South Coast, her imagination is forever captured by the beauty of our coastlines, oceans and bush lands. Elise really aims to create pieces that evoke our natural world. Her approach is instinctive and spontaneous which produces a very feminine and soft expression in all of her work.

About her project:
Elise makes beautifully detailed timber furniture using fairly basic machinery and a lot of hand tools. She works to a really high standard of quality craftsmanship to ensure that her work will be enjoyed for generations to come. Elise will be showcasing her beautiful furniture at the Sydney Mini Maker Faire and will be giving hand-carving demonstrations to share her craft.

A sample of Elise's incredible handmade furniture

A sample of Elise’s incredible handmade furniture

Announcing the 2014 Maker Projects

Sydney_MMF_logos_facebookWe’re pleased to announce the list of projects you will find on display at this year’s Sydney Mini Maker Faire.

Check out our project list for names and links to all the projects, and stay tuned to this blog for our ‘Meet the Maker’ series for all the details on the many, varied and exciting projects you will find at the Faire.

Don’t forget this year the Faire will go for a massive 2 days with exclusive talks and workshops each day (to be announced soon). You won’t want to miss a thing!

Sydney Mini Maker Faire at the Powerhouse Museum
Saturday 16Sunday 17 August, 10am – 5pm
One day pass: $15 adult, $8 child, $38 family (1 adult and up to 3 children;
or 2 adults and up to 2 children)
Two day pass:  $22 adult, $12 child, $57 family
Free for Powerhouse Members

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Call for Makers now closed for 2014

The call for applications for the 2014 Sydney Mini Maker Faire has now closed. 

From hackers to performers and makerspaces, we received a wide range of applications covering all manner of interests. We’re now busily getting to work assessing the projects, and we’re looking forward to telling you all who will be at this year’s Faire! All applicants will hear from us via email by 5pm next Monday July 14.

RoboDojo at MMFSYD 2013. Photograph by Daniel Green.

RoboDojo at MMFSYD 2013. Photograph by Daniel Green.

If you have any questions regarding your application, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page, or feel free to contact us at sydneyminimakerfaire [at] phm [dot] gov [dot] au.

Only 1 Week Left To Apply for The 2014 Sydney Mini Maker Faire!

Photo: 'Brokenness' CCBY col_adamson

Photo: ‘Brokenness’ CCBY col_adamson

Time is running out to get your entry in for this year’s Sydney Mini Maker Faire!

Applications are open to individuals, groups, schools and other organisations – whether you’re interested in demonstrating your project, giving a talk or presentation, or taking the stage as a performer, we want to hear from you! But you better be quick – applications for the 2014 Sydney Mini Maker Faire close next Friday, July 4 at 5pm.

So don’t delay! Check out the Terms and Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions (which apply to all Sydney Maker Faire exhibitors and projects), and click here to submit your project for the 2014 Sydney Mini Maker Faire!

 

The Powerhouse Museum Celebrates The World-Wide Maker Movement As Part Of Sydney Design 2014

BioHackSYD at the 2013 Sydney Mini Maker Faire.

CALL FOR MAKERS FOR 2014 SYDNEY MINI MAKER FAIRE IS NOW OPEN – CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Returning to the Powerhouse Museum for its second year as part of the big opening weekend of Sydney Design 2014, applications are now open to be part of Sydney Mini Maker Faire 2014. Over Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 August you will have the opportunity to showcase to the public the various ways you are championing the maker movement, whether through your ideas, products or new design applications and processes. 

Applications close 5pm Friday 4 July 2014. 

Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the world-wide Maker movement. A place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning.

Maker Faires are primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing Makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.

Applications are open to individuals, groups, schools and other organisations, whether you’re interested in just demonstrating your invention or perhaps selling it as well! There is no application fee for the 2014 Sydney Mini Maker Faire, though each successful application will be required to pay a $200 project fee as part of their participation in the Faire. This fee includes Public Liability Insurance if required and is less if you possess your own Insurance.

Please check out the Terms and Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions which apply to all Sydney Maker Faire exhibitors and projects. You can also contact us at sydneyminimakerfaire [at] phm [dot] gov [dot] au

Click here to submit your project for the 2014 Sydney Mini Maker Faire.

A Thank You

After all the preparation, set up, phone calls and countless emails, we can’t believe that the first Sydney Mini Maker Faire has come and gone. Over 3000 people came through the doors at the PowerhouseMuseum on a beautiful Sydney day, with punters filling up space on all four floors of the Museum getting a look at the fantastic stalls of our Makers.

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We want to thank also those came to the Powerhouse for our first Faire, along with those who kept up the conversation on Facebook and Twitter through our #MMFSYD tag. We would also like to express our eternal gratitude to the staff on the floor of the Museum who kept us ticking over throughout the day, along with the many who toiled behind the scenes in the lead up and on the day.

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