Congratulations to the EA Prize Pack Winners!

Our generous sponsor, EA, donated prize packs to be given away to two lucky winners this year.  The prize packs included three of EA’s latest console hits, EA snapback by Fifty9, and a full-size and mini EA sports backpack by Ogio.  Anyone that registered for a free Eventbrite ticket and had it scanned at the faire was entered into the random drawing. Congratulations to our lucky winners Michaela Stone and Nageswara Rao Katta.
Again a huge thanks to EA!

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Congratulations to the 3D Printer Winner!

Our generous sponsor, Acadian Robotics, donated a 3D printer to be given away to one lucky winner this year.  Anyone that registered for a free Eventbrite ticket and had it scanned at the faire was entered into the random drawing.  Congratulations to Susan Sauce, our lucky winner, and a huge thanks to Acadian Robotics!

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Catch the full Jamie Hyneman presentation!

Did you miss Jamie Hyneman at the our faire earlier this month? No worries!
You can catch the full program HERE…
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Thanks for joining us for the 2016 Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire!

The 2016 faire was a huge success!  Thanks to our makers, presenters, performers, Jamie Hyneman, and everyone who attended!

Featured Maker: Boeccure

1.) Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Boeccure is a soap and cosmetic company started in 2014 by Baton Rouge natives Kyle Baker and Melinda Thiessen, Graphic Design graduates from the LSU School of Art & Design. We hand-craft small-batch natural bath products in a studio at N the Art Space, which is an artist studio community in the Bocage Cultural Districtmelindakyle

 

2.) What are you presenting at the BRMMF?

We will be giving a presentation and demonstration on how to hand-make soap using the cold process method. Real soap is different from the bars that you will often find in stores in the sense that “true” soap is made from the combination of fats and oils with a sodium hydroxide solution, an ancient method used to create soap since 2800 B.C.boeccure_soap-balance

3.) Why is making important to you?

Boeccure grew out of our love for craft, health, and nature. We knew we wanted to start a business that involved making things by hand, but it took us a while to decide what exactly that would be.

When we thought deeper about why we wanted craft to be the foundation of our business, it became apparent that our product needed to be more than just a material good or commodity, but something that could deliver an experience that exemplified what we believe is the cornerstone of craft – quality.

In our time of mass production, when quality, consumer health, and consequence to the environment are often an afterthought, we believed that we could provide an eye-opening, revolutionary experience with one of the things we apply to our skin every day – soap.

We create soap and other bath products to bring quality back into our everyday lives, and help communities realize that by making better choices about what you consume, either externally or internally, you take better care of yourself, your family, and your planet.

Craft represents so many things that have largely been forgotten today – not just quality, but also tradition and community, along with the appreciation and stewardship of our diverse and abundant natural environment. At Boeccure, our goal is to manifest and advocate all of these things.

4.) What was the first thing you remember making?

Melinda: Purses out of printer paper, staples, and puffy paint.

Kyle: Spaceships and houses out of legos.

5.)    What have you made that you are most proud of?

Melinda: What a tough question. The LSU School of Art and Design really challenged me to make pieces that I was/am proud of while I was in school. The one I think I appreciate the most still today is a bronze sculpture I made in a foundry class at LSU. It’s a small abstract, figural piece that represents our implicit need for companionship and community. I still often need to be humbled by this thought, and be reminded of my role in the lives’ of others.

Kyle: I’d have to say I’m most proud of a photo I took in my early college years. It’s a double exposure print of my friend by a campfire. It’s the best photo I’ve ever taken, and was printed in my college apartment with a makeshift setup.

6.) Given an unlimited budget, what would you make?

As a couple, our dream is to create a multi-use, non-profit art and craft center, with many different spaces for creators to rent studios, share tools and facilities, use communal spaces for galleries, installations, outreach, educational workshops, creative collaboration, and fellowship

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Sweepstakes begins Today!

We are giving away FREE Meet & Greet Tickets! Twenty lucky winners will receive 2 tickets to meet Jamie Hyneman at the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire! You may enter only once. The sweepstakes begins September 26 and ends at 11:59 p.m. October 2, 2016.

Enter Sweepstakes Here

Featured Maker – Louisiana Beard & Facial Hair Association

1.       Tell us a little bit about yourself.
The Louisiana Beard & Facial Hair Association was started to help raise awareness for all types of facial hair, and to help give back to our community through events and competitions. Our competition proceeds goes to local charities and organizations.

2.        What are you presenting at the BRMMF?
We have our own line of beard oil, and mustache wax.

pumpkin_pie3.        Why is making important to you?
First, there was a need for a product line like ours in our city. We also wanted to know what we were putting on our faces. Many times, the fine line of ingredients is not known, and therefore taking a chance with your face and skin’s health is something we did not want to take.

4.        What was the first thing you remember making?
As a kid, the lemonade stand was my first business. It did not last long, as we did not get our ratio of sugar to lemon mix correctly.

5.        What have you made that you are most proud of?
A line of products that are all natural, and give people happiness, both on the outside and inside.

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6.        Given an unlimited budget, what would you make?
We would expand our entire line to include beard oils, combs, brushes, skin care products, bath products, and a line of women’s products.

To check out more of their products, Click Here!

Featured Maker – Avery Paige Designs

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Avery Paige Designs is a design firm and Screen Printing company formed in late 2015. It is run by partners and owners Avery Ridenour and Paige Colwell.
Avery is originally from Baton Rouge, La. She has a B.S. in computer animation from Full Sail University. She has previously worked as a film locations manager for 20th Century Fox and The Syfy Channel. She has worked as a graphic designer for the past 3 years.
Paige is also from Baton Rouge. She has a B.F.A. in illustration from the Memphis College of Art. Paige previously worked for Damon Dash as a designer on his Poppington Clothing line. As well as a designer for Lady Vamp Life, Chrissy Lampkins Clothing line.

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2. What are you presenting at the BRMMF?

We are presenting our screen printing process and how art is transferred to tshirts. We will be printing on site with our hand built portable 4 arm screen printer.

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3. Why is making important to you?

Avery– Making is important to me because of the rush I get seeing a concept go from idea to finished product or piece of art.
Paige – The process of making is the most important part of the creative process. It is about finding a solution to a challenge presented by your self or a client.

4. What was the first thing you remember making?

Avery– The first thing I remember making was little houses out of legos.
Paige – The first thing I remember making is hand sewn dolls dolls with the help of my grandmother.

5. What have you made that you are most proud of?

Avery – In college I modeled a computer generated VW Beetle consisting of over one and a half million polygonal faces.
Paige – There are a couple of paintings I did for my mother while I was in High School that I consider my best work.

6. Given an unlimited budget, what would you make?

In discussion Paige had the brilliant idea of creating a space similar to the City Museum in St. Louis, having just returned from there. Basically it is a giant play and creative space for both kids and adults having full sized playgrounds as well as exhibits from local artists, and spaces to create your own art. To us art is everything, it is the most primitive and universal way to explore the universe.
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Win an EA Prize Pack!

EA is generously donating TWO PRIZE PACKS that BR Mini Maker Faire ticket holders can win!  For a chance to win, attendees must get a free Eventbrite ticket and have it scanned at a Registration tent at the Faire on October 8th.

Prize Packs Include:

  • A full-size EA backpack by Ogio
  • A mini EA Sports backpack by Ogio
  • An EA snapback by Fifty9
  • 3 of EA’s latest console hits

Stop by EA’s booth October 8th and show them some love!  Thanks, EA!

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Maker Meetup Next Week!

Are you a new Maker this year and want to learn more about what to expect on the day of the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire? Or are you veteran Maker that wants to network? Join us on Thursday, September 22nd at Corporate Draft & Brew at 6!  meetup_sept2016