maker faire twenty eleven

i spent yesterday at the bay area maker faire, an event where participants can "make, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, think, play, celebrate, and be inspired by arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science, and technology."

it was a wonderful way to spend a sunny sunday, soaking in all the amazing creativity of the people who live in and around san francisco.

a collection of just a few of the amazing creations i saw...

{lantern light show}

{human-powered kinetic sculpture - "colossus"}

{steam-powered antique player piano}

{steam engine which powered the piano}

{glowing inflatable forest}

{mechanical pterodactyl}

{cupcake cars}

{winged vehicle}

{big bicycle}


nikkibit said...

that is beyond amazing! I literally heard about that event TODAY from a colleague. I would have loved to go!

Mim Smith Faro said...

I'm soooo jealous! Looks like a ton of fun. I would love to go when they have one in NYC, but always seem to miss it.

Felicity said...

That looks like so much fun!

cb said...

wow the fair looks so cool! that bike is amazing! i wish i could have gone but i had to work..boo! glad you had a great time!


tea and chickadees said...

Woah! I had no idea there'd be such giant awesomeness there! My mind boggles!
Also, cupcake cars ... I want to ride in one. :)

marci said...

Wow! This looks so amazing! I want to go! I'm glad you got to go enjoy it. :)

Jo said...

woah...so much awesomeness in one place!! That is the largest penny farthing bike I've seen! And the steam engine that powered the piano...it looks bigger than the piano! I love it!!

Anonymous said...

wow, looks like a fun way to spend a Sunday! they had some weird stuff there (weird in a good way :)

bicocacolors said...

really fun and those pictures are stunning!
I'm in love with the first one,
thanks Diane and happy day!


diane said...

nikki...so sorry you didn't hear about it in time! next year i will try to tweet about it before i go.

mim...i thought of you tons! the geekery was pure awesomeness. there was an entire steampunk village that would have made you swoon. :)

caren...the first thing i saw when i walked through the gates last year was a giant blueberry muffin zooming past me. i fell instantly in love!

marci...thank you, and welcome to the inn! i'm really happy that you're here.

jo...i have a great video of the whole piano contraption that i need to post. it was amazing!

petra...i am all about the 'weird in a good way' kind of stuff. :D

elena...gracias! when i think of your beautiful work, i understand completely why you love that first photo. your 'rojo' collection this week is divine! besos, mi amiga.

Monica said...

what an excellent fair! how can one not be inspired from a visit? love that forest. will skip the cars and have a real cupcake. :)


(p.s any chance on allowing name/url?)

diane said...

monica...if i could ride in a cupcake car while eating a real cupcake, i would be in heaven! :)

p.s. no, because guests can click on your name and see your url via your profile.