Maker Faire Lafayette will hold a safe, socially-distant hybrid event online, at home and in the community the week of April 5-10, 2021. The Faire will combine virtual elements, take-and-make projects to do at home and small scale in-person events at locations in the community.

 

Anyone interested in participating as a Maker, volunteer or host facility for both online and in-person may visit lafayette.makerfaire.com for more information and to apply online.

 

“Like so many events scheduled last spring, our Maker Faire team was disappointed to cancel, but we know it was the best option to safeguard the health of our makers, attendees, staff and volunteers,” said Amy Wander, outreach librarian at Lafayette Public Library. “We have regrouped and drawn on our experiences over the last three years to develop a plan for a whole new Maker Faire experience, and we’re excited about it.”

 

Since 2017, Lafayette Public Library has partnered with Lafayette Science Museum to host Maker Faire Lafayette, a free event which brings together science-enthusiasts, artists, inventors, crafters, tinkerers, artisans and makers of all kinds to share what they make and how they make it.

 

This year Maker Faire Lafayette has partnered with AOC Community Media to produce this year’s virtual events with local Makers demonstrating their skills in videos online. Viewers will be invited to recreate the hands-on Maker Faire experience at home by picking up special take-and-make activity bags or using items they already have at home.

 

Rather than the large-scale festival style events held in the past, this year’s in-person portion of the Faire will be held at community partner locations over the course of six days. Attendees will choose from various small-scale events limited to no more than 15 socially distanced participants, with pre-registration and masks required.

 

“Maker Faire has always been a family-friendly interactive, hands-on event for curious people of all ages who enjoy learning new things and love sharing what they can do and make,” said Maker Faire Lafayette producer Blake Lagneaux. “We are excited to share that interactive, hands-on experience of making in a new safety-conscious format this year.”

 

Organizers will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation and adjust plans if necessary. Maker Faire Lafayette and any associated events will comply with all existing health and safety rules and regulations.
Follow Maker Faire Lafayette on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest announcements and information.

 

Based on Make: magazine’s Maker Faire model, Maker Faire Lafayette celebrates everything from science, robotics, 3-D printing and other technologies to art, quilting, metalsmithing, ceramics, baking and other hobbies and crafts.

 

Dear Makers, Volunteers, Vendors, Attendees, and Friends,

 

The Maker Faire Lafayette Production Team has just read the breaking news that Governor Edwards issued a proclamation that, among other things, bans all gatherings of more than 250 people until Monday, April 13.

 

In light of this news Maker Faire Lafayette will no longer be held on March 28. Our team will be meeting in the coming days to determine the feasibility of rescheduling Maker Faire Lafayette for later date. We will update you all as we make that decision with our partners.

 

As always, please feel free to contact us at makerfairelafayette {at} gmail.com or on social media if you have any questions or concerns. We appreciate your continued support of Maker Faire Lafayette.

 

Sincerely,
Maker Faire Lafayette Team

What Makes a Maker?
Meet Karen Barbato, who works at Lafayette Public Library. Karen participated in Maker Faire Lafayette for the first time in 2019. She’s interested in a range of crafts and skills and takes a one-thing-leads-to-another approach to making. From cross-stitching to sewing, writing, painting, crocheting and back again, Karen continues to hone her skill set and find joy in making new things.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started making things.
I’m 35 and I’ve been crafting for most of it. It’s all been different things but I love to make. When I was a kid, I did cross stitch and sewing, then I moved to writing and random crafts, then I moved to painting and now I knit and crochet and paint (when I have the time!) I’m trying to get back into sewing…

What does the term “Maker” mean to you?
A Maker is someone who makes. Simple. If you made art that wasn’t there before, you’re a Maker.

Who or what inspires you?
I like using the internet and books for ideas, usually. If I’m painting, I use old Bob Ross stuff on Netflix. I can listen to that guy all day.

Is making your hobby or your business? How does it relate, if at all, to your day job?
Hobby, but I do sell things. And being that I work at a library, sure.

Why is making important to you?
It’s how I touch the divine. Some people go to a place of worship, I make.

What have you made that you are most proud of?
I make these insane blankets with yarn I have left over in my stash. A friend dubbed it the Frankenblanket. I am now on Frankie 2.0.

What would you make if you had unlimited resources?
I would have all the yarn I wanted and I would definitely make more shawls and scarves and blankets. I love making stuff.

What up-and-coming maker trends excite you the most?
I like lots of things. If I can see it, it might inspire me.

What advice can you give someone who wants to get involved in the Maker movement?
Just start. Find a book. Find your stuff. Get to making! And don’t be upset or disheartened if it doesn’t look good when you start. No one ever starts out running! Just keep going, it’ll look how you want soon enough.

Tell us something surprising about yourself.
I sing and I LOVE to do karaoke.

Frankenblanket crocheted by Karen Barbato

Check out our January Maker Meetup! We are happy to host Andre Angelle, president of local non-profit BikeLafayette. Andre will discuss the organization’s ongoing community projects including the Bike Kitchen, a program that repairs broken and discarded bicycles, then donates them to people in need of transportation.

 

Maker Meetups are monthly gatherings for local Makers and friends. In addition to hearing a great presentation, you can and ask the organizers questions, meet fellow Makers, and have a few tasty snacks!

 

January’s Meetup will take place on Tuesday, January 21, from 6:00-8:00PM. We’ll meet in the 3rd floor Makerspace at the Lafayette Public Library’s Main Branch downtown (301 W. Congress St). See you there!

 

Lafayette Public Library and Lafayette Science Museum opened the “Call for Makers” application for Maker Faire Lafayette, which is scheduled for March 28, 2020. Science-enthusiasts, artists, inventors, crafters, tinkerers, artisans and Makers of all kinds are invited to apply online at https://lafayette.makerfaire.com/.

If you’ve always been curious about how things work and you love learning new skills or making interesting, beautiful or useful things, then we invite you to share that spirit of invention and innovation in a hands-on, interactive way,” said Amy Wander, outreach librarian at Lafayette Public Library. “Maker Faire is for anyone who is passionate about making things – art, music, technology, science, anything at all – to share their knowledge and passion with our community.”

Making things, be it a work of art, a craft or something technological or scientific, is a process that involves critical-thinking, experimentation and problem-solving – and those are scientific principles,” said Kevin Krantz, director of Lafayette Science Museum. “Maker Faire is an event that brings together Makers of all kinds – from scientists and engineers to artists and artisans – so that we can all learn from one another and celebrate science in a fun and exciting way.”

Lafayette Public Library and Lafayette Science Museum are partners producing Maker Faire Lafayette for the third year. The family-friendly event held at Lafayette Science Museum includes everything from science, robotics, 3-D printing and other technologies to art, quilting, metalsmithing, ceramics, baking and other hobbies and crafts. Makers are set up at booths in and around the museum to show what they make with hands-on, interactive demonstrations. Makers also may offer workshops in a classroom setting or performances.

The following are just some of the types of Makers generally featured at Maker Faires:

  • Student Projects

  • Robotics

  • Arduino projects

  • Raspberry Pi

  • Space projects

  • Food makers

  • Conductive materials projects

  • Kit makers

  • Interactive art projects

  • 3D Printers and CNC Mills

  • Textile Arts and Crafts

  • E-Textiles

  • Home Energy Monitoring

  • Rockets and RC Toys

  • Sustainability & Green Tech

  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems

  • Electronics

  • Electric Vehicles

  • Science, Biology/Biotech, and Chemistry projects

  • Puppets, Kites, and Other Whimsical Creations

  • Bicycles

  • Large-scale Art

  • Music Performances and Participation

  • Unusual Tools or Machines

  • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart

Follow Lafayette Mini Maker Faire on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest announcements and upcoming events.

Lafayette Public Library works to enhance the quality of life in the community by providing free and equal access to high-quality, cost-effective library services that meet the needs and expectations of Lafayette’s diverse community for information, life-long learning, recreation and cultural enrichment.

Lafayette Science Museum is a regional science center serving families, schools and visitors. By applying the latest technology to interactive experiences and immersive education, LSM promotes interest and inspires careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

 

Anya will speak about her experiences and passion for handcrafting, repairing, and restoring violins using traditional methods and designs.

 

Maker Meetups are monthly gatherings for local Makers in the lead up to the 2020 Maker Faire Lafayette! They are your chance to ask the organizers questions and meet fellow Makers.

 

December’s Meetup will take place at SOLA Violins in downtown Lafayette (100 E Vermilion St, Ste 102) on Tuesday, December 17, from 6:00-8:00PM. We hope to see you there!

 

You won’t want to miss the November Maker Meetup! We are honored to host Missy Rogers, Registered Mechanical Engineer and President and CEO of Acadiana injection molding business Noble Plastics.

 

Missy will be on hand to lead a discussion on the entrepreneurial spirit, bringing ideas to market, and having one foot in the business world while staying rooted in creativity.

 

Maker Meetups are monthly gatherings for local Makers in the lead up to the 2020 Lafayette Mini Maker Faire! They are your chance to ask the organizers questions, meet fellow Makers, and have a few tasty snacks!

 

November’s Meetup will take place in the 3rd floor Makerspace at the Lafayette Public Library’s Main Branch downtown (301 W. Congress St) on Tuesday, November 19, from 6:00-8:00PM. We hope to see you there!

 

Did you know that your Lafayette Mini Maker Faire team is on the move?

Well we are! We’ll be showing off interactive textiles and 3D fashion at the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, October 19th! If you’re in town that day, stop by and check out our booth. You may even see a few other familiar faces, as a handful of past Lafayette Mini Maker Faire Makers will also be there that day.

The 2019 Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire will take place at the Main Branch of the East Baton Rouge Public Library at 7711 Goodwood Blvd on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10:00AM-5:00PM.

See you there!

 

 

 

We had a fantastic time at this year’s Lafayette Mini Maker Faire! Nearly 1200 members of the community came out to the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth right here in Acadiana.

 

We would like to give a very special thanks to this year’s Maker Meal sponsors Pot & Paddle, Jambalaya Shoppe, and Hub City Diner. They helped keep our many Makers and volunteers fed during the event.

 

 

Lafayette Mini Maker Faire is Saturday, March 30 from 10 am to 3 pm at Lafayette Science Museum downtown. Get your FREE tickets and check out the map and program of Makers, workshops and performances.

Don’t miss the Robotics Arena in LSM’s auditorium. Visit the classrooms to sign-up for workshops: Second Line Dance with Hamilton Academy of the Arts, Learn to Solder with Lafayette Public Library, PomPom Launcher Build with Designing Women of Acadiana.

Visit Maker booths inside the museum and outside on Congress Street between Jefferson and Polk Streets for more hands-on activities such as Printmaking with Achilles Print Studio, Tin Can Flowers with Deuxieme Vie, Whirlybirds with Lafayette Public Library, TieDIY with Mary Cormaci Tie Dye, Knot-tying with Scouts BSA and Plus-PlusTM Building Competition in the Discover Store.

Stop by the Live Music Lounge to check out instruments from LPL M.I.brary and make music with UL Traditional Music Ensemble. Learn to make a drum and dance to the beat with I am I Drummers. Bring your bike for a tune up with Bike Lafayette’s Bike Kitchen.

You’ll also find demonstrations on woodworking, industrial design, architecture, 3D printing, weaving, spinning wool and cotton, drones, metalsmithing, breadmaking, HAM Radio, Podcasting, Comics, sewing, jewelry making with organic materials, powerwheels racing, crochet, urban farming, pottery, basketweaving, chemistry, homebrewing, costumes, replicas, wargaming terrain, astronomy and solar telescope viewing. You won’t want to miss outdoor performances by Spontaneous Combustion Fire Dancers.

It’s part science fair, part festival and we call it the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth!

Download the Lafayette Mini Maker Faire Map & Program.

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