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.


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.


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.



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.
Avery Ridenour
Paige Colwell

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!



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

Featured Maker – Gavin Michelli Artwork

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Gavin Michelli, and I’m a comic book artist and illustrator living here in Baton Rouge. I have a lovely wife and two sons who run me ragged, but I love being a dad. I graduated from LSU in 2006 with a degree in Fine Arts, but I’ve been making art in some form or another all my life. By night, I don a mask and a cape to fight crime as Beard Man, Chubby Champion of Justice.


2. What are you presenting at the BRMMF?
Comics and artwork

3. Why is making important to you?
I have to. Art is who I am, and what I’m built to do.

 super-rapunzel4. What was the first thing you remember making?
A drawing of He-man, done in crayon, when I was about 4.

5. What have you made that you are most proud of?
My book of collected artwork, Ancients & Warriors, that was published by Inverse Press in 2012.

6. Given an unlimited budget, what would you make?
More comics! It costs next to nothing to create artwork, but it does cost a bit more to publish it!

Check out more of Gavin’s work here!

Featured Maker – Fair Fit Studio

1.       Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am the designer, educator, and founder of Fair Fit Studio in Baton Rouge. Fair Fit is an individually run boutique fashion design studio with classes to teach you how to sew, design, and customize your own clothing. Our sewing classes are tailored for beginner sewists, and our private lessons specialize in fashion design, pattern-making, clothing and wardrobe construction.  My passion is to bring unique garments to the world, her signature collection Fair Fit is defined by hand-dyed garments sewn into complex constructions. I also love cooking, gardening, and my cats.


2.        What are you presenting at the BRMMF?

My husband and I will set up our sewing machine and introduce people to the process of learning how to sew and make your own clothing. I have taught my husband principles of pattern-making and garment construction, and now he designs and makes his own custom clothing. We want to show people the steps and process of how clothing is made, and that you don’t have to be intimidated by a sewing machine.


3.        Why is making important to you?

It’s just what I have always done. I know that we are here on this earth to be creative, and that all forms of expression from making clothing, making friends, to making a business, all follow a process of investment, learning, and interaction. Even people who say they aren’t makers and aren’t creative really still are makers. Think of everything that goes into setting up an apartment, or the process that you go through at your job each day. At the end of the day, if something is different than it was before, or something new appeared, it means something was made. I just think that the creative and visual arts makes this process very apparent and that’s important to me. To see an idea that you had in your mind be actualized in form is extremely satisfying.

4.        What was the first thing you remember making?

I made a lot of paper dolls as a child. I would have my mom help me trace pictures from books and I would draw clothing for them or color the clothes differently than the original picture. I think I must have been really little, like 4 at the time, because I had to have my mom’s help to do the tracing and I was art directing her, LOL.

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

I am usually very proud of the most recent thing I completed, so right now I am very proud that I just designed and actualized our first online Fair Fit class, Beginner’s Sewing. It required my husband and I to film the lessons, edit the lessons, and create a great graphic presence for each lesson. Then I had to build my own online curriculum by working with a platform that it could be uploaded to. It made us learn all new skills that we were not familiar with, and processes, and I’m just so excited that now anyone with a computer and a good internet connection can take the class!


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

I think I would go back to creating a clothing line. I stopped because I realized I needed capital, manufacturing, and collaboration with other experts to really make it into a profitable business. If I had an unlimited budget, I would spend time traveling and creating relationships with people in the fashion industry who could help me manufacture and merchandise a collection. I would also spend some money making runway shows again too because shows are really expensive to produce but are a such an exciting form of expression because so many people add their expertise and direction to make a complete experience for the audience.

Check out the Fair Fit Studio website!

Win a 3D Printer

Acadian Robotics has generously donated, for the second year in a row, a 3D Printer that BR Mini Maker Faire ticket holders can win!

Sign up for a free ticket and be entered to Win a 3d printer

Come see Mythbusters’ Jamie Hyneman

Not everything on the internet is true…. but this is!  We are excited to announce that Jamie Hyneman, co-host of the television series MythBusters, will be at the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire! Join us for a Discussion and Question & Answer session at 1:00 p.m.  Since we have limited seating and standing room, doors to the speaker room will not open until 12:30.  jamie_full_page_rev

1. Tell us about yourself.
I’m a sucker for a factory tour and could watch an assembly line for hours. There’s something so satisfying about watching raw materials turn into a functional product. I am also a teacher by day and a ceramics maker by night and weekend. I’m really interested in how people make decisions and so half the fun of starting a small art business for me has been researching what products sell, who buys them where and when, and how to make my own processes more efficient.
By the way, if you also love a good assembly line and you’re ever in Washington, D.C, check out the bureau of engraving and printing tour.

2. What are you presenting at the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire?

I will be showing people how to use underglaze and stamps on bisque ware to make plant markers. Bisque ware is clay shaped and fired once to a relatively low temperature so it is still porous while strong enough to glaze. If you come to my table you can take a rectangular stake, put your own design on it (stamp the name of an herb if you want), cover your design with clear glaze and then return to Main library a few days later and pick up your fully fired artwork. I will also be showing and selling mugs, coffee drip cones, serving bowls and earrings that I’ve made.

3. Why is making important to you?

Making is important to me because it is interesting.  So many inputs go into the things we use every day. For anybody else who thinks, “this was a lump of dirt, and some minerals and now I’m drinking my coffee out of it” and is just fascinated by that check out the essay, “I, Pencil: My family Tree as told by Leonard E. Read”.

4. What was the first thing you remember making?

The first semi- functional things I remember making were Christmas tree ornaments. I think I was about 5 and I took some pieces of purple yarn, some red and green tissue paper shreds and some scotch tape, balled up the tissue and taped a chunk every inch or so to the yarn. Once I’d conned my little brother into indentured servitude and we’d produced a handful of these lovely decorations, I remember taking a table and chairs out to the end of our driveway to market our product and being very disappointed by the lack of demand.
5. What have you made that you are most proud of?

The thing I’ve made that I’m most proud of is a set of ceramic oil and vinegar ewers in the elderly likenesses of economists Milton and Rose Friedman I call “ Oil or Vinegar- Ewer Free to Choose.”  The liquid is poured in through a spout using a funnel and then pours out their mouths. They sit together on a shelf in back of my stove.

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

Given an unlimited budget, I would make product lines like bat art and bat house kits to promote bat conservation. These crepuscular heroes eat their body weight in insects each night and pollinate plants. I think they’re beautiful and under-appreciated.

Find out more about Big Brown Bat Ceramics on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BigBrownBatCeramicsbigbrownbat3

Featured Maker – Pojman Polymer Products

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m John Pojman. I teach polymer chemistry at LSU and I’m also the founder and CEO of Pojman Polymer Products. You could say I’m the 3PCEO.

smiling-chemist2. What will you be presenting at the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire?

I will be demonstrating and selling Quick Cure Clay, which is the only cure-on-demand sculpting material. It has unlimited working time and shelf life but when you heat part of it, the reaction will propagate and harden all of it in seconds. And 3P Quick Cure Wood Filler, which is the only cure-on-demand wood filler.


3. Why is making important to you?

I like making things. I’ve always enjoyed it ever since I was a kid. It’s very satisfying to create something that never existed before.

4. What is the first thing you remember making?

I remember making a little cart with u-nails like the ones for putting on cables, on a piece of wood then I’d put them on little carts and I’d drag them around the house. They were my own little creation. My older brother – who was much better at the engineering– really perfected them. We used to make them all the time and drag them around the house – wheelless carts.

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

My son. He assists me in a lot of these ventures. And next,  inventing this Quick Cure Clay. Not only because it’s something very different from what I normally do as a professor, teaching and research, but it’s allowed me to meet a lot of really interesting and fun people: artists, makers. I’ve really enjoyed that.

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

I would like to make an automatic tracking system for the three-toed amphiuma that would automatically track exactly where they are within feet in a pond that I study. One of my other hobbies is studying the three-toed amphiuma, which is the second-largest salamander species in the world and native to Louisiana. Right now I have ones with radio transmitters in them, and I have to go out and track them. I’d like to have a whole grid system that would do real time location with the system. I know how to do it in principle, but it’d be really expensive.

7. Final thoughts

I’m really excited that these Maker Faires exist because it’s bringing what I think a lot of us did as kids, which is building our own things, and making it accessible to a lot more people. I think it’s really important for kids today to do things with their hands and not just be playing in a virtual world.

Find more on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/3pqcc and https://www.facebook.com/3pquickcurewoodfiller


A mold made from a 3D Printed emblem, and 3P Quickcure Clay applied.


No oven or kiln is required!