Things have been slow around here, we’ve all had various reasons for that. Personally TheWife and I have been in the process of relocating, starting new jobs and I even came down with mono. Fun times.
But today’s post is a celebration! Tomorrow, Saturday September 19th, I’ll be set up at city hall in Kitchener, Ontario at this years Maker Expo. If you’re in southern Ontario, consider coming out to this free event and explore all the innovation, technology and art from a whole cast of cool people. I’ll have my paints, brushes and a bunch of minis for people to try their hand at painting in addition to some displays on the process of painting miniatures and some of the unique supplies I use.
When I originally considered joining this event, I thought, “Nahhh, this isn’t a fit.” But one of the organizers pointed out that the miniatures I create are “engaging.” It’s true. How many of us started this hobby because we stopped and looked at these crazy little people and were captivated by how cool they look? How many of us have shown friends, who may not be interested in the game, but still marvel at what we’re creating? Anything that sparks imagination can brighten someone’s day.
I’ve said plenty of times that everyone is a part of this hobby for various reasons: Some are just gamers and that’s fine. But there are others who love the creativity this hobby instills in us. I’m a painter first (You may have noticed.) and I try to experiment with different styles – which do exist in our hobby. NMM vs TMM is just one example. Another would be the “American” vs “European” aka bolder vs softer styles of painting. Get out of that grimdark and brighten up your army! Others love to build – be it scratch-builds, looted gear, terrain or entire table-top battlefields. Some people dive in to a certain genre such as fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk, cyberpunk, etc.
Taken from the Maker Expo website: “Maker Expo is a diverse, family-friendly showcase of makers, artists & organizations who create amazing things in celebration of the do-it-yourself spirit.“
So yes, we’re all Makers. Every time we pick up a brush, pour some glue, kneed some green stuff, sprinkle some flock, whatever – we’re creating. The lines between technology and art are blurring and who’s to say one deserves more celebration than another?
What I want to know is how are you a Maker?
What are some examples of projects that you’ve undertaken and felt passionate about, maybe broke out of your comfort zone?
Is there something you’ve been putting off because of its scale? Think maybe you’ll finally start it?
Or, what does being a “Maker” mean to you? Does this put the hobby in a new light?