Category Archives: Makers

Meet the Makers: Evelyn Stier, Bladesmith

Evelyn Stier (SCA name: The Honorable Lady Faydwynn Randve) is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism here in Bloomington, Indiana. She specializes in making historically accurate swords and knives from the wilder time of Northern Europe, the Anglo-Saxon, and Viking age.

She will be at Makevention demonstrating and making blades for all to see, weather permitting.







Meet the Makers: Bloominglabs

Bloominglabs is Indiana’s first makerspace and are one of the hosts of Makevention. We will have all sorts of crazy stuff there. The laser cutter will make an appearance. Make sure to stop by our booth on the second floor and get a laser cut Makevention badge and check out the badges from past years. Outside, the homemade recumbent bike will be there and one of our members is bringing a quad-copter. And hopefully the twinkie cannon will make an appearance. Crazy and chaotic as always, Bloominglabs will be there in full force!

Meet the Makers: Society for Creative Anachronism

Greetings and well met!
We present Bloomington, Indiana’s Society for Creative Anachronism, called Mynydd Seren.

The Society for Creative Anachronism, or SCA, is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts, skills, and traditions of pre-17th-century Europe.

Members of the SCA study and take part in a variety of activities, including combat, archery, equestrian activities, costuming, cooking, metalwork, woodworking, music, dance, calligraphy, fiber arts, and much more. If it was done in the Middle Ages or Renaissance, odds are you’ll find someone in the SCA interested in recreating it.

Below are pictures from our local group. They even have a ballista! Woo!












Sponsor: Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is a new sponsor for Makevention, and we are so thankful for their donation. At their exhibitor booth, Ivy Tech will be showing off examples of their community outreach and STEM activities and have information about Ivy Tech’s new campus makerspace. There may also be a Switchboard kiosk somewhere at Makevention. Make sure to ask about it at the Ivy Tech booth.

Meet the Makers: Jerry Slocum Mechanical Puzzle Collection at Indiana University’s Lilly Library

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 32,000 puzzles and 4,000 puzzle related books. The puzzles in the collection range from Victorian era amusements to cutting edge designs by modern designers who use laser cutters and three-dimensional printing to create their designs. Learn about the fourteen different types of puzzles and the different challenges each pose. Puzzles from our hands-on collection will be at the booth for attendees to solve. Hear about how puzzle designers develop their deviously difficult creations, and just maybe find a new idea for your next project.

Sponsors: Pinnacle Learning Center

For the third year, the Pinnacle Learning Center is generously sponsoring Makevention. The Pinnacle School is a private school providing a maker-based learning curricula along with specialized dyslexia training to the Monroe County School District. They understand the benefit of hands-on, project-based learning and support the maker movement in Bloomington whole heartedly. Bloominglabs is proud to be a program partner with Pinnacle, and we’re looking forward to see what Pinnacle will demonstrate at their booth at Makevention. Make sure to stop by and give them a “Thanks!” for supporting Makevention.