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February 24, 2014

Make it so

First Mini Maker Faire to take place at Museum of Science

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Douglas Borzynski, facilitator of learning and manager of the Makeshift workshop and In Motion studio at the museum, said the trend also includes the growth of more “hackerspaces” such as Buffalo Lab and its site at The Foundry in Buffalo, which also hosts makers of all sorts, from artists to a craft brewery to a community paper mill.

“The idea is to create a space where people could get together and build and have tools that one person might not be able to afford, but many people could,” he said.

Biber cited the popularity of Pinterest and Etsy as being indicative of the trend toward making things yourself — or appreciating those who do. Borzynski said he believes there are three things that factor into that trend.

“I think it’s partly the economy. People are hanging on and trying to fix stuff. They’re not just throwing it away,” he said. “The second part: The whole STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education movement. ...

“The last part is purely social media. You have websites like Instructables where you can post what you’re doing, or there are just the Meet-Ups alone: ‘Here are some other people doing this.’ You can quickly communicate with more than just who’s in your house or a few friends ... you can tell the whole world.”

One of the participants in the first Buffalo Mini Maker Faire will be Karen Sirgey of Wheatfield, a metal sculptor, artist and owner of Avian Architecture. She also works with Niagara-Wheatfield High School students and at Artpark, where she teaches and has a commission for a large sculpture this year.

“I saw an ad (for the Maker Faire), thought it was really interesting and thought, ‘What a good way to educate families on how things are made,’ “ she said. “I’m going to set up a table with a display on it and talk to as many people as I can ... getting them excited about making their own things.”

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