Don Gruel and Noel Holland of Wizard Brooms are making sweeping strides in crafting the most beautifully detailed and yes, colorful, brooms in Central Florida and even the Nation. Let’s just say these aren’t your grandma’s broomsticks, but rather works of art that require ingenuity, individuality and of course imagination. By combining proper broom making techniques and their entertainment backgrounds, Wizard Brooms provides the authentic missing piece to cosplayer’s and collector’s of all ages. Let’s get to know the wizards behind the brooms and be sure to stop by and see them at Maker Faire Orlando on Oct. 22-23 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.
Junko Takagi Gillespie, a native of Shizuoka Ken, Japan, Junko spent the last 20+ years teaching Japanese language and culture to elementary school students in Haines City, Florida. She has always created amazing origami creations as a hobby, but recently has discovered an untapped talent for combining her love for pop culture with her technical skills. Junko really enjoys using pop culture as inspiration for her accessories and 3D origami sculptures, and we know that the public will find them just as fun!
Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters
Star Wars Characters
Gillespie’s mother began making these types of origami figures around 1999 and sent them to her granddaughter, Jade and her friends. She asked her mother to show her how her figures were made and in her next set of origami gifts, she included instructions that Ms. Gillespie followed. Americans have made these very popular, so Ms. Gillespie began to research different styles and decided to combine her love for pop culture with her origami skills. The results are quite impressive!
We’ve already approved over 180 Makers
, and are continuing to review the exhibit proposals for Maker Faire Orlando 2015. This week we are featuring exhibits by members of 6 local Maker and Hacker Spaces. These spaces are located in and around Central Florida and are organizations where YOU can make stuff (and maybe some new friends)!
Just check out some of the amazing projects coming out of these spaces!
Come have some Fun in the Sun at Maker Faire Orlando with the Florida Solar Energy Center! As a featured Educators’ Pick, we think this exhibit will give educators, students, and makers the opportunity to learn something new as well as get some great project inspiration.
You will be able to observe the power of the sun to cook food using parabolic, panel, and box cookers. You can also use photovoltaics to power electric devices and observe how hydrogen fuel cells work to produce electricity and power vehicles.