Re:Make San Francisco 2013
The morning of the conference we picked up some Starbucks and walked through Fort Mason Park and came upon this gorgeous view. The conference was located in the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion right on the bay. We finally made it, and we were ready for the first annual Re:Make 2013.
The conference was set up perfectly. We were greeted by the Brit & Co staff, a beverage station, and a make-your-own-donut station! What a way to start of the morning.
“Make each day creative.”
– Brit Morin of Brit & Co.
I love this quote. I should always remember to practice it.
After Brit’s opening remarks came some amazing speakers. Without going into too many details, my highlights were hearing Chris Anderson (3D Robotics) and Kacie Hultgren (Pretty Small Things) talk about 3D printers. I knew that 3D printers were the latest and greatest, but the way they talked about how they have integrated them into their lives was exciting. Note to self…must start saving up for one of these.
Ayah Bdeir (littleBits) spoke about how she had the desire to bring electrical engineering to the masses. She created these intuitive components that allow for non-engineers to create and build things. Brilliant work. It made me think of how I could incorporate littleBits into my projects. Check out the videos she shared about their work with the MOMA Design Store in NYC. These are so fun!
Jesse Genet (Lumi) shared her story of how she created Lumi Inkodye….at the age of sixteen! Whoa. Her story was inspirational and motivating.
In addition to all the wonderful speakers, we did crafts! Everyone was given a box of Legos to be creative with. Like Brit said, “What’s the point in having a conference about making if we don’t MAKE anything.”
Later in the day we had a “craft break.” Really? I am sold! This is awesome. We picked up materials in the back of the room and starting hammering away to create our own twine air plant plaque.
The second day of Re:Make was the maker fair. It was time to shop!! There was soooo many good vendors. Just some of my favorites were the following.
Zelma Rose – I saw her necklaces on Brit & Co’s list prior to the event, and I knew I had to check them out. My intuition was correct, and her work is awesome.
Half Hitch Goods – Carrie’s spunk and personality drew me to her, as well as her array of goods. I ended up getting this super cute cuff bracelet.
Hellbent by Beth Naumann – I probably could have walked away with numerous pieces she had at the show. But I chose a simple square geometric necklace to start my collection.
Asher Market – My two friends walked away with one of their buttery soft blankets.
During the conference we had lunch with the ladies of Lydali. They work with artisans all over the world for their shop.
These were just a few of the wonderful vendors at the maker fair. Here are some others that I loved.
- Chewing the Cud – Super cute (and practical) canvas buckets and more.
- Audra’s Details – I walked away with a cute geometric necklace. Plus we hit it off when she found out I was from Seattle. Hopefully she’ll look me up when she comes to visit!
- Yellowsmith – Her jewelry has an amazing combination of modern and vintage pieces.
- Zig Zag City Guides for kids – Too bad I don’t have kids or I would have brought one of these home with me.
- Yield Design Co. – Someday I will get one of their picnic bags!
- Scout & Whistle – The wool blanket pillows are my perfect bit of vintage.
- Dodocase – Do I need an iPad? Well if it means I can buy a Dodocase then yes! What is even more amazing is that they created their prototypes by using a 3D printer. I think I need one of those too.
- Alice Tacheny Design – The brass and concrete containers were absolutely sublime.
- Percolating Design – The mixed media cuffs and necklaces were gorgeous.
- MXM Jewelry – The necklaces are so detailed and delicate.
- Rouge & Whimsy – What girl doesn’t need another bag?
We finished off the day with another DIY (seriously?!) a hex nut bracelet from Brit & Co.
The trip to San Francisco was a huge success, and I can’t wait for next year’s Re:Make. Thanks Brit & Co!