Maker Starter Post

This is a post that I collaborated on with my partners Marty and Emily, whose blogs you can access by clicking on either of their names.

     There are important vocabulary terms that are essential to the Maker Movement. One of them is critical making, which describes the process of involving more hands-on working with technology, spanning the breach between traditional labor of the past and the more mechanical work going on today. The concept of D.I.Y., which stands for Do It Yourself, is a rising trend in popular culture these days. The Maker Movement is a very community-based cultural phenomenon, and for that reason, makerspaces have come into existence. These are locations where makers can come together to collaborate as well as support each other in their own independent endeavours. The people who found and support makerspaces work very hard to make sure they are furnished with materials and tools that will allow other makers to create what they want to. Maker Faires are exhibitions for makers to show off and present what they’ve created as well as get feedback from other makers. More information can be found here on the official maker faire website, including how to find such events near you.

One key component in the marker movement, is the concept of sharing. Makers have the mental itch to make and build, but they also want to share what they make. They can do this in various ways, but sharing their maker process is oftenly seen through the use of blogs. To successfully create our blogs, we began doing research on other maker blogs. We stumbled upon the following blogs: The Humble Mechanic, Tommy G Workshop, Aquaponic DIY Automation Blog, Sarah K. Benning Contemporary Embroidery,  and DIY Musician. After looking at these for inspiration, we found Sarah K. Benning’s blog to be the best because it exemplified the goal of a DIY maker. Her blog had a page to purchase her custom embroideries, featured a gallery of her work, gave information on how to take her DIY classes, and had a FAQ section with detailed responses. Although Benning didn’t have a section to show step-by-step embroidery, it showed how she turned her DIY project into a passion and a business. It was very inspiring to any type of maker but also informative to those who were wondering about starting embroidery.

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