Maker Faire is a celebration of technology — both old and new. Although 3D printing, robotics, and other relatively new technologies seem to get the lion’s share of attention, the Maker Movement has also helped to spark renewed interest in traditional crafts. Researchers in education are coming to realize the value of “arts and crafts” in STEM learning, and are advocating for the reinstatement of arts education in the curriculum.
That’s why we’re very excited to host the Eugene Weavers’ Guild at this year’s Eugene Mini Maker Faire. The Guild has supported the weaving community in Eugene since 1946 with meetings, workshops, equipment sharing, a lending library, and much more. Guild members include both professional and hobbyist weavers at all skill levels. Meetings are held monthly, and nonmembers are welcome to attend. Make sure to check their photo gallery for some spectacular examples of their work.
The Guild will bring a variety of display items, as well as “weavettes,” which will allow visitors to try their own hands at a 5-minute weaving project and take home the result! We look forward to hosting the Eugene Weavers’ Guild on June 7. If you’d like to join them as a maker, it’s not too late! Visit our maker application page to submit your own exhibit idea for the Eugene Mini Maker Faire.