We’ve just got back home after our first Maker Night at The Public: a night that involved story-telling catalysts, learning to solder, spaceblanket interfaces for jumping monkeys, “ooh! Do you remember when we did that!” devices, a TOP SECRET project, and, importantly, not letting the mains get into your cup of tea. That last one’s important – never let mains electricity get into your cup of tea.
Here are a few images from the evening – more can be found in this Flickr set.
The early-birds settle in for a night of making.
A short time later the thinking faces and solder-sucker come out…
A story-telling catalyst – his son tells a story and touches the different foil strips to trigger the noises he wants.
Learning to solder in a totally non-competitive manner.
Ian thinks he’s won with this abstract expressionist sculpture capturing the physical immediacy of metal, plastic and the juxtapositions inherent in contemporary Western society…
…but then Anne made this really nice butterfly!
Taking a break from carpentry.
Trying out the MaKey Makey. First impression: but a keyboard is so much easier! Changing to: this is a lot more fun than a keyboard!
Serious discussions about interfaces, play and discovery.
Seriously! You don’t want the mains getting into your cup of tea!
Thanks to everyone who came – we had a great mixture of people learning skills like soldering and basic electronics for the first time as well as more practised folks bringing in their interesting projects. By the end of the evening we had made various sculptures, some code that talks to Flickr and numerous blinky lights.
At least two people are now remembering broken things they have at home and thinking “if I bring that in next time, I can fix that!”. Here at Many & Varied we consider that to be a very big win!
The next Maker Night is on the 25th of June.