Looking Back: Maker Faire Detroit 2011

Just with any event, I’m always amazed how quickly it comes and goes. This year’s Maker Faire in Detroit was no exception. We had a great turnout and some amazing attendees who braved the 95-degree-temps to visit the makers at the Henry Ford. Here are some of my favorite images from the weekend. You know you’re in the right spot when when guests, like Joe Rork (pictured above), come equipped with projects to show off themselves. Joe made this lilypad arduino T-shirt for his 5-year-old daughter.

Birmingham Girl Scouts NSU 802 were crowd hits with their recycled crafts. The girls made all the products themselves and took up shop all weekend. When I went to pick up some treats on Sunday, they were almost sold out!
The Make Live crew broadcasted live from the museum on Friday night as makers got their spaces ready. It was a great way to kick off Maker Faire Eve. They were on hand all weekend to capture the activity.
Rob and Megan Green, of Columbus, Ohio, were a must-see stop outside the museum in the Make Tent. They showed off how to make molds and cast resin – if you saw a lost Barbie head on the grounds, it was probably from their booth.
Sara Konieczny was a hit with guests as she showed off easy-to-make folded boxes out of old board game cards.
Too tired to walk around in the heat? Take a ride on this on-the-go couch!
Thanks to The National Needlearts Association, many guests learned how to knit and crochet at the faire.
The talented artisans at Greenfield Village were all over the faire showing off their skills.
If you wanted to learn how to make your very own apple mascot head, Agnes Niewadomski had you covered. Literally.
Whether it was getting fitted for monster shoes or making your own puppet, i3 Detroit had something for everyone.
Thanks to everyone who participated or came out and make this year’s event so much fun!

2 thoughts on “Looking Back: Maker Faire Detroit 2011

  1. Sherry Mulne says:

    Just a little correction. The National NeedleArts Association’s Needlearts Zone also taught cross-stitch and needlepoint, along with knitting and crochet.
    We estimate teaching close to 1000 people. What a fantastic time.
    We’re looking forward to being in NYC again this September!
    Thanks to all the Maker Faire staff and volunteers. You guys are terrific.

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