Call for Makers is open!

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You are invited to apply to be a maker at the 2016 New Orleans Mini Maker Faire! If you are a builder, inventor, innovator, hacker, artist, crafter, DIY enthusiast, roboticist, scientist, or gadgeteer, we want you or your group to be a part of our event on April 9th, 2016. Don’t fit into one of those categories? That’s ok, we still want you to apply! To get more information about what we are looking for, and to apply, please visit http://nolamakerfaire.com/call-for-makers.

Applications are due by February 21st; Space is limited this year so the sooner you apply the better chance you have of getting a spot. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact us at info@nolamakerfaire.com!

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Meet Your Maker: Kalaya Steede

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Kalaya Steede, Jeweler and Metalsmith, 21 years in the making

What do you make?

Sculptural Art Jewelry. All of my pieces are one-of-a-kind, made in my private studio in New Orleans. Processes include forging, fabricating, and making my own stamping tools. I use a variety of metals, mostly silver and bronze, but also look for other materials to play with or add conceptual weight, such as wood, plastic, and artifacts found here in New Orleans or during my travels.

Tell us about your biggest maker failure. How did that failure make you a better maker?

Wow!  I have a lot of failures. [I tried] to make some enamel earrings look like those red and white mint candies but instead they turned out looking like blood splatter. Maybe a Dexter fan would have liked those.

Name someone who inspires you in your maker pursuits and tell us why.

There are a lot of people who inspire me. I guess my partner in crime, my husband. When I want to quit, he reminds me of why I do what I do and inspires me to keep on making. Gotta keep on making everyday. That’s how you get better.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve made?

Bronze earrings capturing snake vertebrae.

Do you have any advice for aspiring makers or makers who are just starting out?

I have to remind myself that I am not going to make something great all the time. So I gave up on that. Even when I start a project and it’s not coming out the way I want, I [still] finish it. Some of my best pieces [started] that way. My advice is to keep on making.  Make, make make!  Oh, and get involved with organizations, clubs, or other makers with the same interest.  Also, share your knowledge, mistakes and discoveries, so others can learn from you.  That’s the best!

Jewelry detail

Kalaya’s piece, ‘Spirit,’ 2014. Riveted, carved bone, Louisiana Opal, silver, bronze, wood, and silver.

2016 date and location officially announced!

We are pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual New Orleans Mini Maker Faire will be held Saturday, April 9th 2016 from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Bricolage Academy campus on Bayou St John. This year’s Maker Faire on the Bayou will be even bigger and better than our first two, and we want you to be a part of it! We will be hosting some Maker Happy Hours and other community get togethers throughout the year leading up to April 9th, so save the date and be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to keep up with the latest information!

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