Lately we’ve been seeing a lot of push in the craft movement – things like craft beer, craft coffee, and even craft burgers. Sure, there’s an obvious difference between, say, a microbrewery and a burger joint. But in all of these mini-movements, there’s a heavy emphasis on the process of creation, on keeping things local, on quality, and on sheer artistry. This Sunday, thanks to the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, you can see the work of local craftsmen, artisans, and artists at the second annual MAKERSFest – and man, do they stay true to that craft movement spirit.
The participating craftsfolk – or “makers,” as the event names them – range from woodworkers to metalsmiths, glass-workers to book upcyclers, and beyond. They’ll be selling their wares, and many of them will be offering opportunities to make things yourself. Bring a shirt with you, and, thanks to the folks in the Thaddeus Stevens graphic design program, you’ll have the chance to screenprint it with the design for the event all by yourself. (If you find yourself without one, they’ll be selling white t-shirts for $10 while supplies last, but no one’s telling you that you can’t bring your bright orange Day-Glo t-shirt from home.) If you’re more into papercraft, they’ve got you covered – PCAD will have a station where interested parties can make origami. Hype about 3D printing? Make717 and Printed Solid are doing demos all day, and if you’re lucky, they’ll let you design a little something to be printed. Have mini monsters? Bring ’em along and let them experience the wonder of making stuff by hand. If they’re 10 or older, bring an extra $5 along so that they can learn how to solder their very own LED-lit MakerBot pin under the watchful eyes of the good folks at Make717. (They’re pretty sick, so if you want to make one yourself, we won’t judge.)
Interested in keeping creation local? Want to pick up some cool stuff or learn a few new skills? Just really digging the food trucks that will be there? Hit up the 300 block of North Queen St. from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. this Sunday to support your local craftspeople and absorb a little craftiness yourself.