It keeps going... Yesterday, I completed 61 interviews. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Edra Soto, conceptual artist and co-founder of the amazing gallery The Franklin. She was so incredibly generous with her time, showing me the gallery and walking me through her work. I am so lucky. I have only a few more interviews before it's time to get busy editing the book and working on getting it published. Almost done interviewing...
It's been a while since I've last posted. It's been a very busy few weeks for me. For the fourth year, I've been interviewing people for the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire at Schurz High School. For those of you unfamiliar with a maker faire, think DIY with technology in a festival format. People come and talk about the amazing things they do and teach it to you. Think 3D printers, robots, drones, electronics, crafts, and so much more. Back in 2013, my best friend, Christina Pei, asked me to help interview makers for the faire. I've been so lucky to interview people at makerspaces across Chicago, the STEM Teen Program at the Adler Planetarium, Tinkering Lab at the Chicago Children's Museum, teachers at the Schurz High School, Chicago Public Library YOUMedia and so much more.
It was tricky at first since I hadn't interviewed people before. I had to learn about what people were doing and talk to them either in person or more often on the phone. And I loved it. I realized it was so much fun talking about the amazing things they do. It gave me the confidence to do something like this project. Without this project of Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, I really don't know if I would have been able to do all of this. So I want to tip my hat to Christina and the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire.
You can read more about the Faire here (along with many of my interviews): makerfairechicagonorthside.com