Maker Faire Atlanta is coming up in just a few weeks (Saturday/Sunday October 3-4) in downtown Decatur. As a definite Geek in Good Standing, I’ve participated in it every year except one. It’s always one of my favorite events of the year just because it’s so different from the usual art festival. The focus is on not just having work available for sale, but on showing how I do what I do. I enjoy demonstrating, so this is perfect! I get my husband to handle the sales while I play around with whatever tools and materials I am willing to haul over there. At an event like that, I don’t feel the pressure to create perfect items — I can experiment and be spontaneous in public, and the attendees enjoy both the product AND the process.
Last year one young woman came by with a pair of RAM sticks wondering if there was any way to make them into, maybe, earrings? Well, why not?? I had a saw, I had findings, I was good to go. Within about 10 minutes I had cut down the circuit boards, added ear hooks, and she had a beautifully geeky pair of earrings to go with her technophile necklace.