This year at Maker Faire Orlando 2016, we’re adding something a little different. We want to give everyone, makers and attendees alike, the chance to be part of a collaborative art project.
We will have a large “Welcome Arch” located at the entryway to the event. The arch will start empty – and we need you to fill it with your amazing-ness. It can be an object you have made, created, drawn, sewn, re-purposed, or designed in any way, and hang it up on the arch with the use of zip ties. If you make something at the event, you can add it! We need to return the arch on Monday, so please don’t use any adhesives. The arch will be up all weekend for people to come and add their unique touches, and at the end of the weekend, we will collect all the items that were added to the arch, and turn it into one large, community made, art piece.
This project is to encourage makers of all styles, ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles to show off what they make and do, and to bring everyone in the community together in a new and exciting way. So bring your stuff with you to the event to share with the world and add to our big, amazing, inspiring, community made, group art project.
I can safely say the common thread among all the Makers at Maker Faire Orlando is, passion. It takes passion to create an idea into reality. Another commonality is often a leap of faith. Innovators take risks, take chances and have a burning desire to provide their niche idea to the world. If it weren’t for these people we would have missed out on many inventions and products that make our life easier and more beautiful.
Madison from Cut/Sew Patternmaking is revolutionizing traditional pattern making. As a sewer myself, I am familiar with how difficult pattern reading can be and how detrimental that is to learning something new. One of the first things you want to do as a new sewer is build your confidence. You want to learn your machine, you want to learn a few skills, and you want to make an item right off the bat. Madison is taking the guess work out of sewing and has created patterns that appeal to Cosplayer’s which leaves more room for imagination and less time being frustrated.
With that said, if you’re a sewer be sure to see her booth at Maker Faire Orlando this weekend at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. And if you’re NOT a sewer, be sure to see her booth! She is on the verge of introducing a new generation to sewing and is bringing back to life such a beautiful art and practical skill. Cut/Sew Patternmaking will make a sewer out of us, yet!
1. A brief overview of your background.
I come from a fashion educational background and a costume design professional background, which is a really great way to get a quick-and-dirty garment making skill set. I learned how to pattern and sew “the right way” in school, graduating from the Pratt Institute in New York City, and while I was there I interned, snuck into, and bullied my way into experience in costume shops for music, television, and Broadway productions, which completely upturned my notion of “the right way” to make clothes. There are all these wonderfully creative hacks, tricks, and cheats that are used in the industry to make gorgeously artful costumes, and that whole concept of deconstructing the process that you already know to better suit demand is a huge influence on CUT/SEW.