What a Faire!

A huge THANK YOU goes out to everyone who attended, exhibited, performed, presented or volunteered at the second annual Charlotte Mini Maker Faire! More than 3,200 visitors packed Discovery Place Science to try new crafts, learn about new technologies, build, create and play.

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We hope you left the faire as energized and inspired as we did. What will you make next?

clayworks pottery

LEGO robotics at 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

collaborative art wall at 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

Scrap Exchange at 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

soldering at 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

battlebots at 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

performance artist Jared Emerson at 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

marbling at 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

Joel Bonasera 3D printing demo at 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

Clayworks pottery at 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

marbling workshop at 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

Caroline Calouche aerial performance at 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

Arduino circuitry kits at 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

3D printing pen at 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

young maker at 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

LEGO robotics at 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

This Saturday: Find out what’s in store for the 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

Have you bought your tickets to this Saturday’s Charlotte Mini Maker Faire?

Buy now and get $1 off all advance tickets! Online ticket sales end Friday at 11:59 p.m.

This year’s event is taking over Discovery Place Science with 73 exhibitors, vendors, workshop teachers, speakers and performers from across the region, including drone racing with Charlotte FPV Racing League, fashion shows and seminars with Art Institute of Charlotte, sport rockets with Rocketry of Central Carolina, the return of the popular Battle Bots and Hockey Bots with Carolina Combat Robots and so much more!

Jared Emerson painting liveThe faire also includes nearly 30 workshops and performances, including the high-energy art and showmanship of Jared Emerson. Using paint and his bare hands, he’ll create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that will leave you amazed! Jared’s custom painting will be auctioned and a portion of the proceeds will go directly to Discovery Place.

Exhibitor and vendor booths will be all throughout Levels 1 and 2 of Discovery Place Science, N. Tryon St. and Level 3 of the Discovery Place Science Parking Deck. Exhibitors located on N. Tryon St. are free to the community, and all other areas require Museum admission.

Meet the Maker: Christine Lukowittsch

Try marbling at the 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

Marbling is the art of creating designs with floating paint. This illusive art form has been around since the 1100s, with its original purpose as backgrounds for official documents and signatures to prevent forgery.

Today marbling is a fun, expressive technique with an endless variety of patterns and color combinations to create. Thinned acrylic paint is dripped onto a surface of thickened water and is manipulated with anything from combs to sticks, or even brushes, to create layered, colorful designs.

Christine Lukowittsch, owner of Little Lotte Studio, will lead two marbling workshops at this year’s Charlotte Mini Maker Faire. Try your hand at this fascinating craft from noon – 12:45 p.m. or 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. inside Discovery Place Science. Workshops are first come, first serve, and capacity is limited, so be sure to arrive early for best availability!

Christine has been a maker of custom art dyes and unique upcycled apparel since 2009. Her passion for dyeing comes from the way chemistry and symmetry work together to create a unique work of art.

At the faire, guests will be able to experiment with marbling, swirling and dragging a special design of their very own onto recycled materials! What will you create?

Meet the Maker: Kapla Toys

Kapla blocks in Project Build

Growing up, what was your favorite toy? From generation to generation, many children love to play with building blocks of all shapes and sizes.

Kapla Toys, a toy company based out of Charleston, SC, will be making their first appearance at the 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire. The company produces tiny wooden planks with mega building potential. These specially designed planks are perfect for experimenting with balance and gravity while creating a work of art.

At the Faire, visitors of all ages will be able to experiment with Kapla planks to create anything imaginable! Not sure what to build? Find inspiration from some of Discovery Place Science’s Project Build exhibition, which feature replicas of architectural wonders from around the world including the Eiffel Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid or the Temple of Kukulcan — all constructed from the planked blocks. What will you create?

Meet the Maker: Laurie Smithwick

laurie smithwick sticker wall

Have you ever experienced that fuzzy, clouded feeling in your eyes after a long day? It can be caused by spending too much time in front of a computer screen.

Laurie Smithwick will be attending the 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire with her Step Away from the Screen and Make Something project.

After spending too much time in front of her computer screen, the native Charlottean decided to balance her time — both on screens and away from them. The inspiration behind Step Away from the Screen and Make Something is to encourage all of us to make something with our hands.

During the Faire, attendees will help to create a giant work of art using Pointillism, a technique in which a massive amount of colors, viewed from a distance, blend together to form a picture. Visitors will only be able to see the full design after each dot or point has been covered in bright stickers. Stop by throughout the day to see the final design evolve as more guests participate!

Laurie is the founder of Charlotte graphic and web design shop, LEAP Design, a Grammy-nominated designer and a featured TEDx Speaker.