2018 Makers

Meet this year's Makers

Meet the Makers: CadyDid Studios

Heartland Maker Fest welcomes CadyDid Studios! From the maker: “Catharine is the artist behind CadyDid Studios. Among many other talents and interests such as woodworking and welding, she makes 3d paintings and reusable fabric gift wrap. She has a background in...

Meet the Makers: Sarah Meadows and Zentangle-Inspired Drawing

Heartland Maker Fest welcomes Sarah Meadows! More information from the maker: “I’ve been making Zentangle-inspired art for over two years, and I’d classify my art as colorful, detailed, complicated-looking (but made from combinations of simple shapes...

Meet the Makers: Bite the Chili

We’re happy to have Bite the Chili Productions at this year’s Heartland Maker Fest! From the maker: “Nathan from Bite the Chili Productions makes new video games and projects/hacks for old systems! Come try out new games and activities for the...

Meet the Makers: Crystal Hartman Art Jewelry

A big Heartland Maker Fest welcome to Crystal Hartman Art Jewelry! From the maker: “I create mischievous delights… whimsical, carnal, sculptural pieces that grow from the foxy sincerity that revolts from symmetry and flourishes in genuine experience. Inspired by...

Meet the Makers: Mechanical GIFs

From the maker: “Theodore Gray is co-founder of Wolfram Research, Founder of Touch Press, and author of The Elements, Molecules, and Reactions. He has started a new line of laser-cut acrylic mechanical models in connection with an ongoing book project.”...

Meet the Makers: Knotting Nerdy by Krista

Heartland Maker Fest welcomes Knotting Nerdy by Krista! From the maker: “I love embroidery, felt work, crochet, macrame and metal jewelry. These days I have mostly been focused on my embroidery, with most of my inspiration coming from classic and modern pop...

Meet the Makers: 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. They will be showing rockets, videos, and other rocket equipment the club has built (i.e. launch pads and a launching systems control...

Meet the Makers: Pat-Factory

Heartland Maker Fest welcomes back Pat-Factory! Pat is a local artist, who also create arts and crafts. She makes animals out of velvet, knit, and satin finish materials, and incorporates yarn into the creation. She designed the patterns for most of my animals. Pat...

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: 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 Goldsmith

We’re excited to welcome back artist Caroline Goldsmith! From the maker: “Impressionist temperature plein air painter working in oils. Goal is to paint everyday and mostly outdoors. What I am thinking as I paint is to explore brushwork and abstract shapes...

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: Central Illinois Puppetry Guild

The Central Illinois Puppetry Guild celebrates storytelling through the art of puppetry. They provide a caring community in which puppeteers are encouraged and supported in the development of their craft. CIPG seeks to provide a safe haven for the sharing of ideas on...

Meet the Makers: Adventures of Jayla by Jayla Taylor

We’re happy to have Jayla join us at this year’s Heartland Maker Fest! From the maker: “Jayla is an intelligent 7 year old who loves to create! She is bold, adventurous and humorous. Jayla not only is a talented singer but she is an adventure all in...

Meet the Makers: Janiya Taylor Presents “Puppy World”

Big thanks to Janiya for joining us this year’s Heartland Maker Fest! From the Maker: “Janiya loves making doll clothes! This 11 year old has been making doll clothes and jewelry with recycled material for at least 3 years. Her creativity with style,...

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: Inspirational Designs by Jeannette

We’re happy to have Inspirational Designs by Jeannette join us for Heartland Maker Fest this year! From the maker: “I make handmade wreaths, centerpieces, ribbon and rhinestone flowers, home decor and much more. I have a passion for crafting and enjoy...

Meet the Makers: Dank Beads

Dank Beads writes:  “I like to make fun or silly crafts that make people happy. I make fashion and home accessories.”  Welcome to the Fest!

Meet the Makers: Frankenbikes

The main goal of Urbana Maker John Rubins of Frankenbikes is to use old bikes to make new ones, but John doesn’t just make new bikes, he makes bikes the likes of which you may have never seen before! John builds bikes to inspire including a two beer keg delivery trike...

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

In their words: The Teen Open Lab (TOL) started in spring of 2013 with a simple idea–build Library services for teens based on what the teens themselves tell us they need and want. To initiate conversation, teen librarians at The Urbana Free Library held...

Meet the Makers: Illinois MakerLab

The Illinois MakerLab is the world’s first Business School 3D Printing Lab! Their Mission: Our objective is to provide University of Illinois faculty and students and the Chambana community with the knowledge and resources to be at the forefront of the emerging maker...

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...