Category Archives: Makers2019

Artisan Alley

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.


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!

The Jerry Slocum Mechanical Puzzle Collection from The Lilly Library, Indiana University

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!

WonderLab Museum

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!

The Mad Optimist by Soapy Soap Company

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!



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!