Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2014

We visit the Interactive Festival of Creativity and Invention

Saturday 6th September 2014

Brighton Mini Maker Faire
Brighton Mini Maker Fair


Brighton Mini Maker Faire took over the Corn Exchange on Saturday September 6th, where making mayhem ruled for the day.

The few cons – it was loud, very hot and oversold, with ticket holders having to wait to come in as it was at capacity, and the refreshments in the venue were incredibly expensive [almost £4 for one small cake??] We took a civilised tea and rock cakes break at the historic Pavilion Gardens Cafe nearby instead.

But in all a very successful day. Some impressions:

Lab Rat remaking sentimental items into jewellery and sculptures
Jewellery Macabre’s fantastical diesel punk creatures
Tiny wooden water and vacuum driven machines showing ancient hydraulics in action, surrounded by small children as fascinated by them as by the high tech toys
Cereal packets, corrugated cardboard, round scissors, glitter and glue … a traditional Blue Peter approach to building an entire city on the mezzanine floor
Scientific demonstrations, jewellery-making, sewing, toy-making … workshops everywhere
Crafting in wool, crochet, spinning, sewing – one group of spinners, dyers and knitters knitting a giant 18th century map of the North Laine
A table of knitted planets and felt fabric quarks, muons and bosons, created by school technicians showing some of the fun things they use for teaching
Electrically conductive paint and loads of 3D printing – a new technology at the beginning of its life, affordable and possible to DIY, its potential only beginning to be explored
A3D printed exo skeleton costume work in progress
Everything computer, internet and digital, plus the chance to play the banana piano
A friendly Dalek to hug
Children everywhere, getting stuck in and having fun



The Interactive Festival of Creativity and Invention – tickets now on sale

This year’s Mini Maker Faire will take place on Saturday the 6th of September at the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange. Last year’s event attracted an audience of over 3,000 to the Corn Exchange, and this year’s will continue showcasing the best in Maker culture. for details of all the workshops and special attractions