Jess Hutch.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

maker faire

maker faireThe Maker Faire was a blast, literally - when I gave my Knit a Toy workshop I often had to talk over the sound of a machine (outside the hall) shooting out huge, booming fire balls. I didn't mind at all - I loved how the fair celebrated every kind of making - technology, engineering, art, music, craft. We tend to separate ourselves into our little camps, but when it comes down to it, everyone who enjoys creating shares a bond with all the other creative folks, don't we?

I loved doing the workshop, the participants were so nice and I didn't faint or anything. I even had time to show them how I wire up my toys to pose them for photos - the results of which you can see above. Kelly of buzzville came to my workshop, which thrilled me to no end. Thank you to Kelly and all of the sweet folks who were able to make it, I hope you had as much fun as I did.

The Bazaar Bizarre was there, too, with lots of crafters selling their wares - I was so happy to pick up a wonderful Poketo messenger bag that is large enough to hold about 5 magazines, a couple of books, my wallet, my camera, and my embroidery, but with a wide enough strap that I don't feel the weight of all of it. And it has a stunning silk-screened design by the artist PCP - all of Poketo's items are collaborations with artists, and they're all really lovely. Here's an image of the bag - it's not available on their website at the moment but I think it will be soon... I also ran into my pal Jenna, who is now the proud mother of two beautiful children and creates cool baby stuff for her company Tartlette.

All in all, a good day. And then I took a very, very long nap.

15 Comments:

At 7:21 PM , Sarah said...

Your new bag is stunning! Very neat :)

 
At 5:39 AM , jr said...

I've always been curious about how you pose them. Maybe you can show a photo or tutorial of that?

 
At 6:29 AM , sarah said...

Jess - I'm with jr, I always wondered how you did that! I'm sure everyone loved your class. . .too bad it was in San Fran, or I would've come! : )

not a yarn snob

 
At 10:11 AM , vegasandvenice said...

I am so totally jealous of your students.I love the new cutie and adore the new bag!! I would want to put the stuffy in the bag and the sigh happily for the sheer wonder of it all!

 
At 2:16 PM , tania said...

oh that all sounds so cool-
i have always wanted to know the secret behind your posed toys!!
:)
congrats!

 
At 5:10 PM , LeS said...

I'm one of the lucky ones and Jess is even more lovely in person than you can imagine!

Thanks Jess - you were (and are) an inspiration...

 
At 11:46 AM , daria said...

I was a BazBiz vendor there & used one of your Kate kitties as a spokesmodel for some of my knitting cards (there's a picture at my blog if you want to see). It was really fun seeing how many people came into my booth just to tell me that they had made one too/were planning on making one/drooled over the pattern online!

Glad your workshop went well -- I'd hoped to have the chance to make it, but didn't get a chance to sneak away.

 
At 1:46 PM , LLA said...

I'm so glad that the workshop went well - I had no doubt but that you would sweep the crowd off their collective feet!

And the new messenger bag is positively glam! Just gorgeous...

 
At 2:55 PM , kelly said...

the workshop was so fabulous! thanks so much for doing this, and i'm so glad we had a few minutes to chat in person!

 
At 3:16 PM , lisa said...

congratulations, jess!! that is awesome.

 
At 11:09 PM , Anonymous said...

Oooh and lookit the robots on the cover of the new Craft magazine!

http://makezine.com/craft/

 
At 10:46 AM , hae eun said...

I love the way your creatures look. They have so much personality! Congratulations on being on the cover of the new Craft Mag!

Love your designs.

hae eun
planet tokki(tokkisom)

 
At 8:30 AM , beth said...

How DO you make your critters stand up? Are those pipe cleaners I see sticking out of the feet? Or was fishing line involved?

 
At 9:00 PM , Chloe said...

I was one of the lucky ones who got to attend your workshop. I loved all the toy-making tips! I've put up a picture of the George I made here

Many thanks for a great workshop and I hope you do another one next year!

 
At 2:48 PM , Jeff said...

There's no stoppin' this guy!

 

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