This past weekend we attended the East Bay Mini-Maker Faire and got the chance to talk with lots of people (hi people) about the blog and making in general. It was hard work (for an introvert like me), but a lot of fun. I only wish I’d taken some photos of other people’s exhibits; I didn’t get much time away from the table.
On the projects front, participating in the faire was a big motivator to get focused. Without the intent to exhibit (and the accepted application), I doubt I would have been as productive as I have been over the past few months. Costumes, planning the table and setting it up, creating a sign, and reimagining my origami roses all went into preparing for the event. Knowing that other people were counting on me to show up and have something to share really helped push me to stay on task. The oddest part of the experience was not having anything to sell since people tend to expect that. I felt like I was participating in a middle school science faire (only with flowers and cosplay instead of baking soda volcanoes).
Exhibiting was also validating and it was nice to chat with others who think about the way they organize their projects and struggle with balancing their work and projects. Just knowing I’m not the only person on that wavelength makes me want to keep blogging and sharing what I do in the hopes that it helps inspire others to get started or re-engaged with their craft(s).
Finally I used the Mini-Maker Faire to set myself up to get our new podcast, Habitual Creatives, started. I had a sign-up sheet at the faire and several people showed interest in the concept: a maker and a writer sharing about their projects, goals, and ideas for making creative activities a regular part of life. We’ve been toying with the idea for a while now, so I’m happy to have committed to starting in November. You can sign up to hear about the show’s launch at HabitualCreatives.com.
Will I exhibit again? Probably. I’d like to take my fairly loose concept and tighten it up before I do another show. Maybe focus on a particular area of craft like cosplay. The East Bay Faire is generally more family/kid oriented than Squirrel Brain, but it is our local mini-maker faire so it just makes sense to keep attending. After all, adults need encouragement to make too.