This week I’ve spent some time learning about new Makers on Great.ly as I’ve been curating my shop with handmade items for the home, entertaining, and gifting. Great.ly makes it easy to find Makers who’s style compliments mine and I’ve been filling up my shop with great finds like the ones above.
Stone Vessels :: These polka dot vessels are hand made on a wheel from natural stoneware and then painted. They’d make lovely bowls, mini planters or catch-alls. Maker :: Takeawei Studio
Numbered Edition Napkins :: Made with organic hemp/cotton fabric and screen printed with water-based ink, these napkins double as placecards. Maker :: Heather Lins
Okay, maybe DIY isn’t dead but it definitely has grown up a bit. DIYers have been at it for over a decade — crafting and creating new things, making something out of nothing, reinventing old things into new. On the blogs we read this typically shows itself in ways of fabulous party garland, a new way to display your jewelry or a sophisticated typography print just waiting for you to download. In a parallel (yet equally thriving world), a culture of garage tinkers and hackspace inhabitants have been head-down making things too. New products that solve every day problems and innovating products that have existed for centuries, giving them an upgrade. They’ve been making things; just like DIYers have been.
Despite the clear similarities between the DIY and Tinkerer communities we have (until recently) been living in different realms. In fact, I would argue each group wouldn’t have wanted to identify with the other before — as they have historically seen themselves very different from each other; one side “craft” and the other “tech.” How many DIYers attended the Maker Faire in 2009? Likewise, how many garage tinkerers opened up an Etsy shop in 2009? Exactly. Not until the past few years have these world began to merge into what we are now calling the Maker Movement. But why now? (more…)