Mini Golf, Martha and Makers…Oh My!! – Maker Faire: A Designer’s Play Land. by Cassie Hamel
There was blood, sweat and spray mount fingers last weekend as seven of us from the CustomMade team piled into cars and drove our way over to Queens, NY for our first ever Maker Faire. Under a tent surrounded by boundless creativity, we were provided a 10′ x 10′ space: a blank canvas made of chain link fence. We came to the faire prepared to inject our CustomMade spirit and showcase exactly what ”I Heart Makers” is all about.
Donning a small sampling of our artisans’ beautiful pieces, we thoughtfully planned, laid out, mounted and hung a gallery style representation of what it means to go custom. With devotion, we designed shirts and buttons that would spread our mission and garner support for the custom movement. And not only were we supported, but we were welcomed with open arms.
As a designer, the Maker Faire was my eye candy. I was inspired by so many others that have committed their lives to creation. It was so encouraging to see and feel the support of everyone there, especially the folks that popped into our booth who would stand back in awe as they discussed the pieces on display. We engaged people in the custom conversation and it was a really cool feeling. Since the booth was buzzing, we took turns to break away to meet people and spread the word throughout the faire. From mini golf to paella parties, we continued the efforts as the faire charged through the weekend by stopping to hand out “I Heart Makers” buttons, talking to interesting people, and getting to know other makers. Incidentally, spreading the word turned out to be really fun at places like the Martha Stewart booth, where we got to talk about CustomMade while making cupcakes and paper mache bones!