Save the Date!

We are delighted to announce the date of the second Adelaide Mini Maker Faire.

Sunday 1 November at Tonsley

1284 South Road, Clovelly Park (the old Mitsubishi site)

The Call for Makers will be in April, so start thinking about how you can be part of what will be an amazing day.

More details about the day will be announced soon.

Thank you to Luke Tansell, for our new promotional video.

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We are excited to announce that Adelaide Mini Maker Faire is back!

The Date will be announced on Thursday 12 february.

The Call for Makers will be in April 2015, so get thinking about what you might like to make, do, say and workshop at the second Adelaide Mini Maker Faire.

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The Adelaide Mini Maker Faire Team.

Adelaide Mini Maker Faire may be over but Maker Love lasts forever

Wow. We knew Mini Maker Faire would be a blast, but we were not even vaguely expecting the amount of people who turned up yesterday. We can’t tell precisely how many but estimates have been ranging from 2,500-4,000 people, all milling around AC Arts in Light Square.

Photo by Robert Rath

Photo by Robert Rath

We’re still recovering and gathering data but wanted to share a little social media thread to show you how much love and geeky maker goodness exists in this fair city. Oh and we wanted to shout out to our fabulous award winners!

Award Winners:

Most sustainable – John Yard
Smartest use of materials – Tony Schick
Good stuff award – Archer’s Arcadia
Best Backyard Science – Hackerspace
Best Blend of Tech and Creativity – Voxon
Best on Ground – Kim and Janet Hawtin
Best Cat Herder – Alison Kershaw

THANK YOU for making the inaugural Adelaide Mini Maker Faire the best day ever! We always hoped this would be the first of many but now we know you guys all want that too… so watch this space!

Meet the Maker :: Thom Buchanan :: Live Performance Drawing

Thom at Canberra Centennial 2013; image courtesy Ray Bruce

Canberra Centennial 2013; image courtesy Ray Bruce

Thom is a painter and cross-disciplinary artist residing in Adelaide. He graduated from Adelaide Central School of Art and then completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) degree in 2010 at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, UniSA.

His recent major collaborations were The Kreutzer Sonata with the State Theatre Company through the Adelaide Festival, Moving Music, Womad and The Centenary of Canberra 2013 as well as several exhibitions nationally and in SA in 2013.

In the last ten years Thom has been developing his unique “live performance art” techniques through new collaborations including the performance in 2011 Worldhood with Australian Dance Theatre. He’ll be starting a special live performance for Adelaide Mini Maker Faire from 1pm outside, adjacent to AC Arts (near the big red bus).


Meet the Maker :: Fee Plumley :: reallybigroadtrip

Fee Plumley is a geek maker. What she makes varies; sometimes they’re written things or live performance things and sometimes she makes (or nurtures) online community.

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign last year she is now the proud owner of a Toyota Coaster called “homeJames”. Come meet the bus and find out about reallybigroadtrip and her plans to travel Australia making & sharing digital arts with everyone she meets.


Meet the Maker :: Hackerspace Adelaide

20120905_204559_8_bestshotHackerspace Adelaide is an open community which holds regular group Hacksessions. Hacking is the understanding that technology is malleable, and so much more than a shiny box you buy from a shop. Sometimes we take things apart to find out how they work, sometimes we put things back together to make them better and sometimes we use what we have learned to make entirely new things. The only skill requirement for attending a Hacksession is curiosity, and the range of technologies we explore is entirely determined by the attendees, so bring your current hack along, or pop in and see what people are working on.

At the Mini Makerfaire we will be be demonstrating a selection of our members’ creations. Stop by and say hello!

Meet the Maker :: Australian Dalek Builders Union :: Dalek

Australia’s Dalek Builders formed a union in 2012 to share their love of building the scariest cyborgs from the worlds longest running science fiction show in history, Doctor Who’s Daleks.

These builders create full scale, fully functional Daleks that tend to be better and more detailed than the actual props used on the show.

The Union is an Australian subset of the British group of builders called Project Dalek and the members come together once a month to share experiences, skills and knowledge.

Meet the Maker :: Tony Schick :: Rocking Horse

DSCN1242Tony Schick is a retired IT professional who has returned to his original “shed guy” roots inherited from his Father and Grandfather.

The rocking horse was made by Tony as a gift to his family, with all parts except the eyes and metal fittings constructed in Tony’s shed. The entire project occupied approximately 150 hours during the winter months of 2012.

Tony likes to call upon his IT background to help with his projects, preferring to design in 3D CAD programs and construct from drawings once the design is complete. He is currently working on translating the full sized rocking horse plans into a scaleable version which will be a miniaturised laser cut copy for his Grandaughter’s dolls house.

Some of his other projects include being part of a group restoring a 1950’s vintage aircraft (a Super Aero 145), and another group preparing a 1960 P4 Rover 100 for a wedding (including a complete stripdown and respray). He is a member of the Institute of Back Yard Studies and a volunteer at Fab Lab Adelaide.

Meet the Maker :: David Archer :: Archer’s Arcadia

imageDavid Archer is a contemporary Automata Maker, who draws inspiration from Victorian and Edwardian carnivals and seaside arcades. He often uses recycled materials and found objects to create his whimsical gadgetry. David exhibits his collective works as a traveling show, in a circus themed tent called Archer’s Arcadia.

Meet the Maker :: Marc Lane :: Twitter Telegraph

displayshotMarc is constantly on the lookout for items to advance his projects and his knowledge. He is into anything new and potentially hackable. In his spare time he tries his hands at everything from Arduino and Android coding, designing electronics, 3d printing, CNC, metal fabrication, aquaponics, engine rebuilds and anything in between. Marc lives his life on the belief that anything is possible you just need to have an open mind and give it a go.

Marc will be exhibiting a project he has been working on and collecting parts for over several years. This project takes a look back into Australia’s history with the Overland Telegraph and infuses it with one of todays social networks – Twitter.