Spanning multiple locations in Bloomington Indiana, Artisan Alley is an art co-op that provides a wide range of work studios, co-work spaces, classes, equipment, tools, essential amenities and volunteer opportunities for community members interested in the arts. They will be at Makevention to share their info on their Fall Industrial Classes. https://www.artisanalley.com/
William Matthew Graphman, author and game maker will be showcasing his Fantasy series, The Silverwood Chronicles along with his children’s fiction series, The Chel & Riley Adventures. Matthew will also be giving demos of his newly released card game, Super Computer! http://www.matthewgraphman.com
Discardia / Bring Your Bag Bloomington will provide materials and equipment to help people make reusable shopping bags that will help reduce the use of single use bags. This is a fun interactive exhibit that we are excited to have back! https://discardia.org/
Joining us again this year is Comfort and Joy. They’ll have hand knits for sale plus they host an open fiber arts space for attendees. You can see fiber artists demonstrate and teach their arts!
If you’re on Ravelry, you can see some of their work on this page:https://www.ravelry.com/projects/con3way
This exhibit is always a hit, because people love puzzles. The Jerry Slocum Mechanical Puzzle Collection from The Lilly Library, Indiana University will be at Makevention again.
The Jerry Slocum Collection of Mechanical Puzzles embodies a lifetime pursuit of the intriguing and the perplexing. The result is the largest assemblage of its kind in the world, with over 35,000 puzzles. The mechanical puzzles in the collection range from Victorian era amusements to modern innovative designs made with laser cutters and 3D printing. Learn about the different types of mechanical puzzles and the challenges each pose.
Puzzles from their hands-on collection will be at the booth for attendees to solve. Hear from the Lilly Library’s Curator of Puzzles about how puzzle designers develop their deviously difficult creations, and maybe find a new idea for your next project!
We have exciting news to announce this year! One of our favorite organizations in town is doing something a bit different at Makevention. WonderLab Museum will be setting up a computer programming room. They will have laptops available with various coding and programming activities for all skill levels and ages. The theme will be animation, including tools such as Khan Academy’s Pixar in a Box, Scratch, etc. They will also have screen-free activities for younger kids related to animation/coding. You don’t want to miss this hands-on exhibit! https://www.wonderlab.org/
Soapy Soap Company – The Mad Optimist, a beloved Makevention favorite, will be back again this year. The Mad Optimist brand by Soapy Soap Company makes all-natural bar soap in Bloomington, Indiana. They love to show and tell people about their style of soap making. Attendees will be able to participate by mixing in their soap additives such as oatmeal, fennel, clay, etc. Each participant will be able to leave the Soapy Soap Company booth with their very own hand-crafted soap! http://www.soapysoapcompany.com
The Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center will be back this year. They’ll have a prototype version of a museum exhibit where you build a data visualization using data you generate. Hands-on exhibits are some of the best things about Makevention! https://cns.iu.edu/
If you like yarn and fiber, you’ll definitely want to check out 2DyeCru Hand-Dyed Yarns, a Makevention regular! They’ll have natural hand-dyed yarns, handmade fiber items, handspun yarns, and spinning fibers.2DyeCru dyes yarn with all-natural plant dyes. Their dyes are made from locally harvested plants or other sustainable sources. Their yarn is similarly sustainably sourced, some locally from Indiana and some from small mills in Missouri, Canada, and England. They also process and spin their own yarn as well as knitting and crocheting with it, which involves them in every step of the yarn-making process, from sheep to project. If you’re interested in what it takes to go from fiber to yarn to finished project, these are the people to ask! Check their webpage! https://2dyecru.wixsite.com/2dyecru
Guess who else is back this year? The Monroe County History Center! They’ll be at Makevention with an interactive history-based activity that highlights their upcoming exhibits and programs. https://monroehistory.org/