Andrew Milne is a maker-turned educator, experimenting with 3D printers and microcontrollers, and the community’s use of online tools for collaboration. He has been running the Vancouver Maker Education Meet-up on behalf of Maker Foundation for the past year and is carving out the groundwork for the Maker Education Initiative here in Vancouver. His work includes experiments in open education resources, open licensing on hardware and software, crowd funding, and blended learning spaces. His current project looks at common learning strategies and motivational habits in DIY.
Leanne Prain is a Vancouver-based designer, maker, and writer. Her books Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti (co-authored with Mandy Moore), Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, and the forth-coming Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles. An avid believer in the power of culture and community, she works as the marketing force behind SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, supporting over 200 cultural events per year. She also owns a pair of left-handed pinking shears and dreams of sewing all of her own clothes.
Emily Smith is of the main driving forces behind Vancouver Mini Maker Faire and Vancouver Maker Foundation. She is an avid textile artist and community organizer with a focus on facilitating collaborative and creative workspaces as well as maker-oriented projects and educational programming.
Steven Smethurst (aka “Funvill”) is a maker, hacker, geek, code monkey and seeker of knowledge. He has been a member of the Vancouver Hack Space (VHS) since 2009, where he works on various projects includes, puppets, origami, LEDs, microcontrollers, lock picking, etc.
Vancouver Mini Maker Faire Organizers
Liisa Hannus is a photographer, teacher, stage manager and event facilitator. Her ability to see the big picture supports producers in achieving their goal of putting on the best event possible. Liisa devotes a lot of time to her volunteer work, applying her skills to support the creative and cultural communities in Vancouver, including Vancouver Moving Theatre, Real Vancouver Wrtiers Series, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Ben Z Cooper is co-creative director of Hfour, a design collective that specializes in projection mapping (the projection of light and pattern onto architectural and custom-designed surfaces), brand marketing, and technology-driven art. Ben is also an award-winning cinematographer, an active and engaging artist and a passionate community builder.
Digital arts and culture are the spheres where Jen Castro works and plays. She found her footing in Vancouver, BC through navigating the diverse cultural spaces in the DTES, engaging in arts and culture programs and working on niche projects for community organizations by building on skills advanced at the BCIT New Media Design Program.
Brigitte Stroud has run, owned and operated businesses and events in the maker community since 1997. For the past 6 years, she has been running “Plush on Main”, a boutique craft store on Main Street in Mount Pleasant. Brigitte is dedicated to developing, marketing and sometimes teaching hands-on workshops and events designed to promote creativity and skills-development among participants. She has contributed as a lead coordinator for Shop Main and Make it! Vancouver.
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Kim Werker is a writer, editor, explorer of creativity and encourager of big thinking. She knits, sews badly and dreams of making a gigantic crocheted animatronic monster. Informally, she’s the camp counsellor of Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.
Vincent van Haaff
Vincent van Haaff (a flyingoctopus) is a multi-disciplinary media artist working with computer code to explore virtual and real spaces defined by rule-based systems. Originally from Southern California, he went from a record label co-founder and audio hacker in Los Angeles to a environmental club founder in Santa Barbara before moving to Vancouver to become a software developer and media artist. His expertise spans from data and music visualization to computer vision, event and community installation, and user centred design.
Despite being a non-artist, Tyson Haverkort surrounds himself with creativity. He serves the Vancouver New Music society, is a founding member of the Vancouver Community Lab, and sits on the board of the Vancouver Hack Space. His role is to facilitate interaction between like-minded groups. He enjoys music, smashing stuff, and setting things on fire.