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October 1, 2016

9am – 2pm | Lincoln Square Mall | Urbana

Inspire

Our community is full of amazing makers creating wonderful things. The Heartland Maker Fest focuses on bringing attention to these great projects that can inspire everyone.

Empower

Our community has the tools and resources around us to help make your creative dreams a reality.

Connect

We think one of the best ways to strengthen our creative maker community is to build connections between the diverse members.

 

2015 Makers and Fest Updates:

Meet the Makers: Hyve Touch Synthesizer

Were happy to have Skot Wiedmann returning to the Maker Fest this year. He is an engineer and artist whose creations explore the intersections of art and science. Using his knowledge of electrical engineering, he builds interactive artistic objects. At the Maker Fest,...

Meet the Makers: Elis Artz – Brazilian Jazz

We’ve expanded this year’s fest to include local performers and we’re honored to welcome Elis Artz to the Heartland Maker Fest family. Here are a few words from Elis about her art: Elis Artz was born In Brazil and has lived in Champaign since 2006....

Meet the Makers: Society for Creative Anachronism

Take a glimpse at Maker Fest 1099 with the Society for Creative Anachronism’s Arts and Sciences group! Their local artisans and creators’ projects range from delicate calligraphy to heavy metal blacksmithing, with particular areas of interest in fiber...

Meet the Makers: Piper Pottery + Crafts

We’re happy to announce we have a have a new Maker this year that helps connect people + clay!  And best of all they will be providing a hands on experience to get you playing with clay. Cammie Meerdink is the artist behind Piper Pottery + Crafts. For over 20...

Meet the Makers: Royel Bijou

We’re happy to announce Royel Bijou will be returning to the fest this year to share her talents for turning recycled materials into new garments. In past years, she has brought both fashion shows and wonderful hands-on experiences by helping people create their...

Meet the Makers: Caroline Goldsmith

We’re excited to welcome a new oil painter to the fest this year. Caroline Goldsmith is a plein air oil painter who normally paints on site to best capture the light and feel of a location. Recently she’s has been interested in prairie landscapes, docks,...

Meet the Makers: One Dream Foundation – Global Crafts

One Dream Foundation describes their vision as follows: The mission of One Dream Foundation has remained the same since its founding in March 2007 by Betty Phiri Chibwe and Oliver Chibwe.: to “promote the value of giving to humanity”. This approach is intended to...

Meet the Makers: Weiskamp

Want to learn how to make your own creative screen-printed designs. Well come get hands on with Weiskamp Screen Printing at the Maker Fest this year.  They will be setting up a table to help you make your own screen-printed poster! They are also one of the wonderful...

Meet the Makers: C-U Community Fab Lab

The Champaign Urbana Community Fab Lab has truly become a staple of the DIY/Maker community in Champaign-Urbana and they are returning to the Heartland Maker Fest to show off all they have to offer. Be sure to stop, say hi, and get hands on with some of the fun...

Meet the Makers: AE Machines, LLC

We’re excited to welcome AE Machines as a first-time maker this year. AE Machines, LLC is a Champaign-Urbana, IL based company designing tools to make automation design and implementation accessible to a broader group of people and businesses. We are located in...

Meet the Makers: CUDO Plays

CUDO Plays is an Illinois-local board game design competition hosted by the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization. They bring together gamers, makers, and designers to bring their game ideas to reality! For three years, they have guided teams over the course of seven...

Meet the Makers: Illinois MakerLab

The Illinois MakerLab is the world’s first Business School 3D Printing Lab.  We are very proud to have them back again at the Heartland Maker Fest. Join us to learn how to turn objects into ideas, with 3D printing. Find out how you can become a certified maker in 3D...

Meet the Makers: Dot Dot Dot T-Shirts

Eco-friendly fashion from Dot Dot Dot T-Shirts! They reuse and up-cycling thrift or donated cotton clothing (Mostly Knit) and yard goods and remake them into Braided and/or Tie dyed Shirts, Braided or Dyed Leggings, infinity (loop) scarves WayFarer scarves,...

Meet the Makers: Origami by Xudong

We’re thrilled Xudong Guan will once again share his beautiful origami creations at the Heartland Maker Fest.  Origami is not just “Crane”. Inspired by the modern origami works seen online, Xudong started to fold origami in 2009. Xudong gained experience...

Meet the Makers: Teen Open Lab @ The Urbana Free Library

The Teen Open Lab, one of Urbana’s hidden treasurers, will be joining the Heartland Maker Fest again this year!  The Teen Open Lab is a teen directed space that promotes creativity, peer instruction and community building, in collaboration with the CU...

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