MIT Mini Maker Faire

Last weekend I spent Saturday at MIT’s first Mini Maker Faire. The event couldn’t support sales, but after talking about it I realized that would be a good opportunity to do a collaborative/interactive project. I have a few ideas for digital interactive projects that have been rattling around in my mind for a while, but unfortunately I didn’t have the time or expertise to complete them in time for the event so I went low-tech.

table web

I brought a big piece of drawing paper and a variety of markers and crayons and just invited visitors to help me make a map. It was a super simple setup but people got surprisingly into it.

drawing web

We had a range of skill levels, scales and styles, but it came together! I spent a lot of my time at the table drawing map bits around everyone’s contributions, even the text ones. I’m not sure I would call the whole thing a map but I think people had fun contributing to it and it looks pretty cool all together!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

CSArt Project Completion

(My biggest project of the summer was CSArt—I’ve shared more about the project and work-in-progress updates here and here)

Last week was the CSArt Harvest Party, where collectors who bought shares could pick up their bags full of 9 different original artworks. It was fun to meet some of the shareholders and to see the other artists again after we’d been working hard on our projects for so long. I’m most excited to see my pieces all together!

Once I finished all 50, we scanned them and put them up on a page of this site here:

emilygarfield.com/iterative-landscape

Individually, each is a unique map of an imagined place, but since I drew all the roads to connect to the next piece in the series, when they’re all together it’s a very different object. There are islands and shapes that crop up between adjoining maps that I didn’t even anticipate. Go explore at that link to see more!

map line crop