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20 Aug 2017

Meet the Maker – The Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

The Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

The Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers if a voluntary organization with members from all over Ireland who promote and encourage the crafts of weaving, spinning and dyeing. We are currently reaching out to anyone with interests in fiber crafts so that they can be inspired to create something for themselves. We hold workshops, demonstrations and take part in events like Dublin Maker so that the general public can try some of these crafts for themselves.

The Guild also has an online interactive community which is fun, supportive and a fantastic way for us to keep in touch with our members across the country. Currently we are taking part in the Tour de Fleece which is focused on hand spinning within timeframe of the Tour de France. We support our members, share our work and try to build a fun presence online where we can all learn together.

If you would like to find out more about us you can pop over to the guild website here, join our Facebook Page and Group or check us out on Ravelry if you are a member. If you would like to stay up to date with any of the events we are attending you can join our mailing list here

21 Jul 2017

Meet the Maker – Arckit


We’ve pushed the working model further than we ever thought possible. As an architect, I wanted to create an architectural model system for the 21st century. It needed to be modular, cost-effective and incredibly easy to use. In an increasingly digital world, there was nothing even remotely like this for physically communicating ideas to clients and aiding the collaborative design process. Arckit was the first of its kind in this regard.

Arckit won award after award and the system soon migrated into the mainstream model community and then into the classroom where it is used to teach architecture, design and STEAM skills.We have developed a world class education programme for secondary level schools and  particularly geared towards  transition Year.  Today Arckit is being used more and more within schools, after-school programmes and summer camps around the world. (we are very eager to bring Arckit into more classrooms around Ireland so please get in touch) There is no barrier to entry; literally anyone can use Arckit and experience what it’s like to be an architect. It gives makers of all ages a voice and a way to spontaneously express their creativity.

Off the back of this success, we successfully Kickstarted our new Cityscape and Masterplan series to raise the funds we needed to make them a reality. We’re delighted to announce that they will be available this Autumn. These new kits take architecture and urban design to a whole new level, allowing anyone to instantly create miniature city layouts. Sets come with illustrative graphic stickers and iconic architectural forms. We are also developing new education programmes for our Cityscape and Masterplan ranges for children as young as 5 years of age.

We’re incredibly excited about seeing these new kits become a reality, and we can’t wait to showcase some of our new components for the very first time at  Dublin Maker 2017. As an Irish company, this is our home turf and we couldn’t be more thrilled to attend such a vibrant event for the second year running. Come along to our stand and bring out your inner architect!

Damien, Founder and CEO of Arckit.

20 Jul 2017

Meet the Maker – TOG Hackerspace


TOG Hackerspace is a non-profit maker-space based in Dublin 8.  We are a community of makers interested in science, technology, engineering, modern culture, and creative arts. TOG provides a collaborative space for learning by doing.

For Dublin Maker, we have built a wide range of projects and they will have something fun for everyone.  The Duck Shooting Gallery was made in the workshop using a Laser Cutter and Band Saw.  There will be a time machine giving visitors a glimpse into their dark future.  There will be a duck fishing game as well as a buzzer game.  Some other great projects will also be on display.


We host regular free open nights for people interested in electronics, CAD, coding, lock-picking and crafts. There is also a monthly social evening.  TOG has a shared workshop full of tools and equipment to allow the community to make awesome things.

TOG is a great place to learn and get inspired for any type of creative projects you want to undertake, so drop into one of their open nights.  Visit for events and updates and don’t forget to follow on Twitter @tog_dublin, Facebook and Reddit.

20 Jul 2017

Meet the Maker – Fun by Music

Fun by Music

Sofia is my name and I love Sound!

I run Fun by Music for several years. Working with families is my best ground, and so, for Dublin Maker I will run an instrument making workshop, using mostly recycled materials.

The goal of the experience is to explore sound and material, see what sounds how when put where, and how. After experimenting, the participant will make a sounding craft to bring along the park and away. I will bring authentic instruments to compare and inspire, but focus is on discovery, sonority and invention. Participants are more than welcome (very encouraged) to bring clean items to transform into sounding designs.

To see pictures of our musical instrument adventures facebook page :


Now some teasers of what I am preparing for Saturday! See you then


  • toilet rolls, little boxes, vitamin tubes
  • fabric or paper
  • glue/tape

String boxes

  • cardboard/plastic box
  • rubber band


  • wooden box
  • nails
  • fishing rod


  • tin
  • thin stick
  • tape, pliers


  • shampoo bottles
  • file
  • stick

Ancient arc

  • tin, box, coconut,
  • hanger, branch,
  • string, elastic, rubber band

Tambor de bolas

  • flat box
  • string and 2 beads, or broken earphones
  • handle

19 Jul 2017

Meet the Maker – Woodturning: Undo the Undo

Woodturning: Undo the Undo

I spend most of my time on a computer. I live in the digital world where nothing is permanent, everything is tentative. A mistake can be undone as easily as pressing Ctrl+Z. One of the joys of wood turning is that there is no Undo. Oh, for sure its also one of the horrors when after 10 hours of work on a piece, a careless twitch or a momentary loss of focus can ruins the piece entirely but thats the point. But its also one of the exhilarations of the hobby… There is no Undo.

In many ways, that’s what “making” gives back to me. A sense of right here, right now… you’ve got one shot at this kid, don’t screw it up! In a world where we seem increasingly buffeted and cosseted from “risk” and “failure”, wood turning is a performance art with a single-member audience. Slips and mistakes can be masked, can be worked around and of course sometimes lead to whole new (better?) designs… but they can’t be reversed.

Wood is a natural substance. Its alive, it grows and it can be very unpredictable. It could be something as simple as a “bark inclusion” (which is when the tree decides to grow some bark in the middle of the wood!) to something as potentially devastating as “ring out” (where the centripetal force of the lathes rotations can cause a piece to lose structural integrity and fly apart at 1500 RPM). The former can prove to add beauty to a piece if you adapt your design to work with the wood… the latter is at best survived!


The point is that working with wood gives me a sense of “now-ness” that can be both scary and exciting. Once the wood is carved, there is no sticking it back on. The march of time is ever onward and there is no going back.

I suppose if we *have* to be pushed relentlessly in one dimension, time is the best one.

19 Jul 2017

Meet the Maker – MakerDojo

MakerDojo – Screamer

MakerDojo is a club encouraging the general public to explore science and technology in hands-on “hacker” style workshops inspired by the growing Maker movement, a worldwide community of hobbyists, students and enthusiasts who take a creative, DIY approach to technology, science and engineering. We give practical experience of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas and the opportunity to become confident inventors, experimenters and creators.

The events are aimed for adults down to Transition Year students to (think 16 and older), however younger people are encouraged attend as part of a family group. If there are any workshops you would like to see covered in the MakerDojo series, contact William Knott in Tyndall National Institute’s MakerSpace Lab or via @TheMakerDojo on Twitter. MakerDojo is made possible due to funding from Science Foundation Ireland #BelieveInScience

The Scream Queen and Scream King are extensions of workshops from earlier in the year. Everything in a computer is a number, sensors give numbers to be interpreted. Well, what happens if you decide to interpret them as sound. The Queen uses soil moisture sensors as her “crown”. The sensors are calibrated for the moisture of human skin, and touching the spikes allows a measurement which is turned in to a tone. Different hands may yield different results. The King is using ultrasonic “eyes” to measure how far away you are. And that measurement works like a theremin to pulse your distance.

We’ll also have details on how to make your own when you go home…

17 Jul 2017

Meet the Maker – Unraveling the Knot

Unraveling the Knot- An Exploration of Celtic & Japanese Knots

What was the first knot you ever tied? The one you most recently made? Knots are part of our daily lives, but rarely do we reflect on them as part of our technological and cultural heritage. Knotting traditions predate our use of stone and metal and are imbued with cultural symbolic significance.
In this workshop, Unraveling the Knot, we will explore cultural knot traditions of Japan and Ireland in a playful circuitry project. Using pipe cleaners, LED lights and 3V coin cell batteries, participants will create light-up cultural knots and share personal knotting stories on sticky notes (stories will be shared back on project website: ). Collaboratively exploring knot art traditions can be a creative way to build connections among communities and to explore the common threads that bind us.
This project grew out of my interest in exploring both my Japanese and Irish heritage through maker projects that engage people with materials in unexpected ways. I am very grateful to be able to travel from California to participate in Dublin Maker. My workshops in Dublin are made possible with support from an Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant from the City of San Jose, the Alum Rock Educational Foundation, and Chester Beatty Library.
17 Jul 2017

Meet the Maker – Physics Busking

Physics Busking

We are a gang of physicists, teachers and researchers whose mission is to bring science to the public through interactive activities and demos. Physics Busking is organised by Castel DCU and the Institute of Physics, and supported by Science Foundation Ireland. Join our ” Make-N-Take ” to make all kinds of fun scientific stuff.

Physics Busking, is a national initiative to promote the awareness and engagement of the Irish public with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Our “busking performances” involve interactive experiments and demonstrations selected for maximum engagement, excitement and education.

We’re a diverse group really, from experienced science teachers to entrepreneurial researchers, but one thing that binds us is our passion for science and the want to share this passion with others. By focusing this ambition into a project such as Physics Busking, it has allowed us to be proactive in creating ways to engage and share this enthusiasm and excitement about science with others… and you!

The concept of “Physics Busking” or even “Busking Physics” was established in Ireland in 2005 by the Irish Science on Stage team through a collaboration between the Institute of Physics in Ireland and CASTeL at Dublin City University. Our growth has been organic over the passing years so that we can maintain our focus on promoting science and increasing public engagement in science.

Our “Busking Performances” involve interactive experiments and demonstrations aimed at engaging the general public. Based on the traditional stall-type mode of busking (street entertainment), our performances can be tailored to suit almost any event. Whether it’s a large team or a few individuals, short snappy interactions or extended drop-by performances, we are open to finding a solution that will enhance the enjoyment, entertainment, even educational aspects of your event.

14 Jul 2017

Meet the Maker – Creative Spark Print Studio

Creative Spark Print Studio

Creative Spark print studio is based in Dundalk, Co.Louth. We offer a professional, membership-based fine art print studio, which has 24 hour facilities and equipment for artists to access to develop work. We also offer training & workshops to community groups, primary/secondary and plc students.

Creative Spark, centre for creativity and innovation, launched in October 2012 with the goal of providing dedicated creative training and workspace facilities for new and established enterprises in County Louth – a place to work and a place to learn.

This year at Dublin Maker we will be screen-printing on the day so come along for a chat and have a go at screen-printing.



Twitter: @creativesparkie
Tel: 042 938 5720

11 Jul 2017

Meet the Maker – Maynooth University Makers Club

Maynooth University Makers Club

Maynooth University Maker Club is proud to participate at Dublin Maker Festival with a bunch of demonstrations of robotics and brain computer interfaces.

With 4 international teams from “Mines Alès” engineer school and Montpellier University (France), Nancy-Loraine University (France) and Yasar University (Turkey) will show you how to manipulate robots from brain and body devices.

Help a robot to move into a maze with your brain alpha waves and generate sounds and music. Discover how to control a small Finch Robot with a Nintendo balance board. Create a magical potion by the combination of brain level of meditation, a pinch of body sensor on your arm and a measure of skin conductivity to create a unique recipe. At the end, try to control a drawing robot from your mind to let it create an artistic representation of yours thoughts.

Members of teams will explain the integration of brain-computer interfaces with specific electronics made by themselves from Arduino components and software development to link peripherals to receive, manipulate and send back refined data.

Teams members from left to right: Mert, Nicolas, Claire, Lucie, Andreas, Pierre, Thomas, Pierre J.

Off: Gérard and Tomás

Teams members want to sincerely thank Gérard Dray from “Mines Alès” and Tomás Ward from NUIM for help and coordination of the project.