Thinking Behind Makers’ World
Making shapes our world and is one of the key ways we as humans solve problems and express ideas.
From aerospace design engineers to sugar craft hobbiests, the action of making something, experimenting with new techniques, manipulating materials and honing our skills are all part of what the Makers’ movement is all about.
Shademakers are keen to kick start the movement on the Isle of Wight with a Makers’ World area at Hullabaloo 2018.
The IOW has long been known as a place for authors, poets and artists, but what is less well known is that it is home to many people who make their living or while away their leisure time in creating and making things. We want to offer a platform for them to share their skills and inspire the next generation of makers.
Our ideas for Makers’ Worlds are as follows:
- A covered area eg marquee where makers can demonstrate their making. If appropriate there may be things for visitors to try themselves and/or the chance to ask questions.
- An opportunity for makers from very different disciplines to get together and share ideas/ ways of doing things
- A stage/ screen where makers can talk about what they do and conduct Q&A session ie a programmed schedule of talks
- Childrens’ workshops – a chance for children to experience using new techniques, tools and materials in a supervised and safe environment
- To generate interest in the Makers’ Movement and publicity for Island businesses
Makers we would like to include:
- Needle Craft
- Paper structures
- Lego construction
- Woodland crafts
- 3D printers
- Kite making
- 3D animation
- Charcoal Making
- Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
- Movement makers
- Sugar crafting
- Instrument/music making
… but feel free to come forward with other ideas!
Working in Partnership
Many experienced crafts people and makers are keen to pass on their skills to a new generation and we see Makers’ World as an intergenerational project that will link in with other existing projects such as Aspire Ryde Men In Sheds, AONB’s Woodland Apprentices & ReMap, as well as schools and other community groups.
We welcome input at this early stage of planning and are keen to develop this in partnership with other makers.
Shademakers work primarily with kinetic carnival structures that involve processes of metal work, welding, carpentry, vacuum forming, needlework and other decorative techniques. We have noted that there is interest in learning about the techniques we use and conversely, we are personally interested in learning more about how other makers work. By bringing a variety of makers together, we hope to build relationships and a sense of community among creative thinkers and innovators.
This is a project that has the potential to grow into, not only an annual event, but an ongoing union of makers on the Island.