Over the weekend I was lucky enough to visit the Maker Faire, held at The Lookout. It was really an eye opening experience to see what people are coming up with in their bedrooms and garages. 3D printing seemed to be among the most popular exhibits. I know it’s been around for a while, but its still amazing to think that we can now print ‘things’! Another project that really stood out to me was a telescope, built using 3D printed components and controlled via an Arduino board. Amazing!
Pedro the Music Man, of Kideo fame and a childhood idol of mine, did a presentation on the stage during which he demonstrated a few home made flutes. In his talk he said something that stuck with me, he asked “Have you ever experienced the taste of making something yourself?”. What a wonderful way to put it… There is no better ‘taste’ than when a project comes together and works, or when something you’ve been trying to fix for ages suddenly springs to life!
Now, you don’t have to be a tech wiz or a 3d printing genius to experience this taste. There are many ways one can be a ‘maker’. Drawing (or coloring in) a picture, sewing, taking up a musical instrument, learning to code, cooking… These are all opportunities to make and create.
This week, try and find out what your creative voice is. What inspires you? What really gets your juices flowing? Taking the time out to make something can be a great way to de-stress and relax, and I’m sure the taste of creating something new will leave you hooked on being a Maker!