The Art of Letters at the Maker Faire

My fellow and his dad go to the Maker Faire every year. This is a huge, two day celebration of the DIY spirit, and for my fellow and his family it's kind of like filling a warehouse with an all-you-can-eat buffet of fine, fine chocolate. But chocolate that you made yourself!

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After five and a half years, I finally got curious about this Faire. (My curiosity is as curious as a cat, but it's a cat who sleeps all day on the radiator and has to be forcibly woken up to eat.) As I suspected, the Faire offers some displays related to books, writing and visual storytelling. My little ears perk right up.

Interested? Why not check out some of the following:

Make your own unusual books
"Learn quick, easy bookbinding techniques, such as Japanese stab bound book, and get a peek at SFCB's other book arts, letterpress printing, bookbinding, and papermaking classes."

Make your own calligraphy & suminagashi marbling
"Try your hand at elegant lettering. Expert calligraphers demonstrate using metal pens, quills & reeds. Then, marble paper with bright colors using the Japanese suminagashi technique."

Make your own cartoon characters
"Learn the art of cartooning and visual storytelling while learning the basic skills needed to both draw and create compelling characters."

Make your own simple, single-signature book
"Quickly create books from standard letter-sized paper with a simple bookbinding technique perfect for any small book, such as a journal, zine, or guest book."

Super stenciling
"Learn how to print the easy way using stencils. Print your stencil of choice on a tote bag or wallet to take home with you. All materials and instructions provided."

The Maker Faire is going on this weekend, May 3 and 4, at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. Day tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students,and $10 for kids 12 and under.

Check out the full list of workshops here.

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