Heartland Maker Fest 2017

October 14, 2017 | 9AM-2PM
Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana
FREE!

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.

Heartland Maker Fest 2017
October 14, 2017 | 9AM-2PM
Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana

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Maker and Fest Updates:

Meet the Maker: OumniPotent

We’re glad to welcome another returning maker to this year’s Heartland Maker Fest— OumniPotent! This informal community group promotes eco-friendly arts. They lead activities that are fun, creative, and functional. They would love for everyone to create a positive...

Meet the Maker: “Central Illinois Aerospace”

We are happy to announce that the Central Illinois Aerospace rocketry club will again be joining the Heartland Maker Fest this year. Last year they showed us how to make awesome paper rockets, and this year they plan on having another dedicated rocket building area!...

“Meet the Maker: Birdhouse Echo by Katrina Catizone”

We are happy to announce Birdhouse Echo by Katrina Catizone. This amazing talent is a full-time artist who specializes in hyper-realistic portraits and fan art. She is a self-taught oil painter, but has recently been creating photo-real charcoal drawings on toned...

Meet the Maker: Dank Beads

Dank Beads writes:  “I love to make silly/pop culture inspired accessories for fashion and home. I make jewelry/accessories to represent a variety of interests for people of every age.”  Welcome to the Fest!

Meet the Maker: PaleGray Labs

Welcome to PaleGray Labs! PaleGray Labs is a textile collaboration of Theodore Gray and Nina Paley. We stitch science, math and art themed quilts on our commercial grade robotic stitch plotter. Putting the NERD in quiltiNg and...

Meet the Makers: Think. Love. Live.

Think. Love. Live. is about reimagining relationships and cultivating connection, with ourselves, others, and nature. It is my outlet to share photography, favorite quotes, and more recently, empowering and feminist clothing. My goal is to spread the message of...

Meet the Makers: Self Care Community Repair Collective

2017 is bringing many new makers to the Heartland Maker Fest. We’re happy to welcome Self Care Community Repair Collective, whose healing-centered collective aims to promote well-being for individuals and our community as a whole. Their aim is to provide a safe...

Meet the Makers: Autistic Rabbit Weighted Blankets

Autistic Rabbit Weighted Blankets provides high quality weighted blankets to those who need them most. These blankets are great for anyone with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Insomnia, Restless Leg Syndrome, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, or anyone who likes Pressure...

Meet the Makers: Ctrl-Z

We are excited to have Ctrl-Z back at the Fest after a few years absence! Team 4096, Ctrl-Z, is a growing FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team from Champaign County in Illinois. Founded in 2011 by passionate students, parent and college mentors. Students come from 9...

Meet the Makers: Evelyne’s Intentions

Evelyne’s art spans a variety of materials, methods, and subject matter, but all have the common element of intention.  Her work seeks to create beauty and inspire through color, symbolism, and style. She has found mandalas to be a strong tool for meditation and...

Meet the Makers: Mike Bohlmann – protomaker.io

Ever since Mike bought an Arduino starter kit in late 2015, he’s been making prototypes and other small projects. His primary maker areas focus on 3D printing, electronics, and video production. Sometimes these projects are just for fun, sometimes they are for...

Meet the Makers: Caroline Campbell

We are thrilled to have one of our youngest makers to date return! Caroline embodies the spirit and heart of a true maker – using found objects, things around the house, or resources from the I.D.E.A Store.  This year she will be building structures with PVC...

Meet the Makers: Epyon5

Epyon5 is a full time artist who resides in central Illinois. Although originally an oil painter trained in the fine art of renaissance style realism, his focus has shifted to a more contemporary style of stencils and spray paint while combining elements of old world...

Meet the Makers: Dot Dot Dot T-Shirts

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

Meet the Makers: Origami by Xudong

Photo by Jay Schubert (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jayschubert/) 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...

Meet the Makers: Makerspace Urbana

Makerspace Urbana, a working group of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, is dedicated to enabling the blend of arts, humanities, science and technology. Our mission is to provide an open community lab where people of diverse backgrounds can learn, teach,...

Meet the Makers: Fresh Press

Fresh Press hand makes small batches of artisan sustainable agri-fiber papers made from locally sourced harvest waste from the Illinois Sustainable Student Farm. This always unique agri-fiber paper can be used for stationary, resumés, or to create your next...

Meet the Makers: Crass Stitching

Crass Sticking is needlework for terrible people made right here in Urbana, IL! Pop culture, rude, vintage patterns with a modern twist. Embroidery like Grandma used to make (if Grandma was drunk on whiskey). Crass Stitching takes a traditional hobby and brings it...

Meet the Makers: Central Illinois Puppetry Guild

The Central Illinois Puppetry Guild provides a caring community in which puppeteers are encouraged and supported in the development of their craft. They seek to provide a safe haven for the sharing of ideas on all forms of puppetry. Their goal is to be an active,...

Meet the Makers: Skot Wiedmann

  Skot Wiedmann creates beautiful and fun interactive electronics. This hands-on exhibit will let you experience the combination of art and technology. Touch a circuit to make music. Play with interactive lights. After a few years of teaching people to build the...

Meet the Makers: Vinny Santanelli Music

We are welcoming Vinny Santanelli back to our stage for Heartland Maker Fest 2017! Vinny is a folk ‘n blues artist who combines harmonica, acoustic guitar and vocals in an altogether unique and unforgettable way. Having been influenced by American folk, Latin jazz,...

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...

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 four 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: Teen Open Lab @ The Urbana Free Library

The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library becomes the Teen Open Lab most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. 3D printing, music making and recording, reading, drawing, crafting, film-making, gaming, or just hanging out–the Teen Open Lab has...

Heartland Maker Fest 2017 is Almost Here!

Heartland Maker Fest 2017 October 14, 2017 | 9AM-2PM Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana HMF is almost here! Makerspace Urbana is thrilled to announce our annual Heartland Maker Fest! On Saturday, October 14, 2017  at Lincoln Square Mall in Downtown Urbana, makers,...

Meet the Makers: CU 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: Moldover

New to our stage this year is Matt Moldover! Moldover designs and builds his own electronic performance instruments, the instruments built into his album packaging, and many other crazy gadgets! In his words: If technology and music are your life, brace yourself-...

Meet the Makers: Royel Bijou

Royel Bijou’s Trashion Fashion is back for Heartland Maker Fest 2017! We are delighted to announce that Royel Bijou will be returning this year to share her talents for turning recycled materials into new garments. She is working to bring awareness of recycling...