Category: Events

 

Maker Faire 2015

The CraftGeeks were at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire this past weekend for our second year running.

 

It was an awesome weekend full of amazing projects and a chance to connect with other makers and DIYers in our Vancouver community.

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Our Booth at Maker Faire

We were pleased to discover that quite a few people remembered our booth from last year and had been pursuing cross stitch on their own and were back for more patterns and kits, a collection that has more than doubled since last year. Specially for Maker Faire we introduced our brand new T.A.R.D.I.S. kit for all the Doctor Who fans out there.

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A Caffeine Molecule in Progress

Speaking of kits, for the first time ever our sushi candle kits made their debut. We’ve had sushi candles available on our etsy store for quite some time now but we decided that in the DIY spirit of Maker Faire it would be great to have kits available for people to take home and create their own candles with.

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From this…

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To this…

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To the Finished Product!

We had a blast at Maker Faire and can’t wait for the next one!

Make It Vancouver 2014 Recap

Now that the busy holiday season is behind us, its time to recap our experience at Make-It Vancouver.

As our first major Craft Fair, I’m pleased to say it was an overwhelming success. By the end of the 4 days we were sold out of many of our products and were busy stitching and printing more in between customers to keep up with the demand. Our “It’s a Small World” Set, especially the DNA ornament, was a big hit.

Full set of 'It's a Small World' Christmas ornaments - with bonus test tube ornament

It was great to not only get to chat with customers about our products but also talk about what inspired our designs and the science behind our projects. Many people there had never gotten the chance to see a 3D-printer up close, so kids and adults were equally hypnotized by it busily printing our virus ornaments and DNA icicles.

I’ve always thought that one of the greatest appeals about craft fairs is being able to meet the people you were buying things from and being able to hear the stories behind the things they make rather than just picking them up off a shelf. As a vendor at a craft fair its also really cool to meet the people buying your products; from people who heard about us online to science teachers looking for gifts for their class it certainly was a diverse crowd. One of my favorites was a mom who noticed her child really wanting one of our animal scientists and secretly came back later and bought it to surprise them for Christmas.

The CraftGeeks had a great time at our first Craft Fair and we can’t wait for the next one.

See you at Maker Faire in June!

 

Craft Geeks at Maker Faire

The Craft Geeks first ever Maker Faire was a great success.

It was a busy but fun weekend. We got the chance to debut a bunch of new products which have now been added to our Etsy store.

The cross stitch kits were a big hit. We had the binary heart kits for beginners as well as the animal scientists and Christmas patterns available for those who wanted a bigger challenge. We’ll be adding patterns each week to our Etsy store.

I think everyone was inspired by the creative atmosphere and wanted to try their hand at D.I.Y. We had sushi candles for sale but maybe next year we will sell the kits to make the candles.

It was great to have face to face interaction with customers and hear their feedback and ideas on our products as well as suggestions for future projects. Read More