Saturday was an exciting day for children and adults alike at the Buffalo Mini Maker Faire! The fair was “mini” only in that it is a subset of the World Maker Faire, an international event that brings together creators, inventors, builders and artists to display their craft. We attended the World Maker Faire back in 2012 and were jazzed to have the opportunity to create the commemorative poster for the 2013 fair. This past weekend’s event, held at the Buffalo Museum of Science, was the first time the Maker Faire was brought to Buffalo.
We were again faced with the exciting prospect of creating a commemorative print for Buffalo Mini Maker Faire. We had complete creative control in design, the only guideline being that we would use the traditional Maker Faire colors. So we whipped out the red and blue ink, and got to work!
The print was made using a combination of wood carved blocks, wood type, metal type, and ornaments to create the 4-color finished product. Since the fair is all about the process of creation, we laid out each color of the print in consecutive order.
In our ongoing attempts to explain how letterpress printing is done, we brought our Kelsey Platen Press set with a form to be printed on take-home coasters. We demonstrated step-by-step how the press functions and then each participant got a chance to try it out for themselves!
Before we packed up, we passed out commemorative prints to each maker as their very own take away from the fair. Overall, a successful day!