We took a short trek out to the San Mateo Fairgrounds this past weekend to attend the 2nd Annual Maker Faire. It's a two-day event for creative, resourceful DIY'ers who like to tinker and love to make things. The folks there call them Makers.
What a fantastic mix of crafters, creative DIY'ers and ingenious Burning Man artistry and engineering. It was a gorgeous, warm day and the atmosphere was full of inspiration, inventiveness and a feeling of just about anything goes. An interesting hybrid of quirky crafters, and mad scientists lending a ton of creative stimuli to a really diverse group of people, including families, inventors, and loads of craft happy folks.
Never in one place have we seen such a carefree crowd. On the one hand you had bicycle-powered tilt-a-whirls, crazy fire-breathing machines, and a Victorian home on wheels, and on the other, well-known (and soon to be well known) designers and crafters the likes of Lotta Jansdotter promoting her new book, Simple Sewing (we went up and chatted a bit and she's as lovely as ever), and Jen of Hambone & Jennicakes selling her darling (and somewhat daring) eye masks and beautiful quilted pillows.
There were lots of talented women representing, like Molly of Ambatalia Fabrics in Mill Valley with her gorgeous, sustainable quilting fabrics. . .
. . .and Jaime Zollars sharing some really lovely and dreamlike art prints.
And, we loved the coffee-cuffs from craftybitch.com - what a green and great idea.
There were also a ton of etsy crafters selling some amazing wares. Like Jill and Lia of Small Stump with their gorgeous Birch Bark Tubes (great for displaying tufts of green moss), birds at home kits and sweet, stuffed bird and stump pillows. Never has a stump looked so cute.
The whole day was uniquely special, fun and a trip we'd definitely make again, just for the good energy and fantastic spur of imagination, alone.