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This Weekend: Maker Faire AND The Saturday Market Project at The London Design Festival

09/19/2014

One of the fun things about running a business like ours is that you get to meet cool people interested in process and manufacturing. At last year's Maker Faire we met Melinda and Laylah from Saturday Market Project. Over the past year we got together a few times and we decided to collaborate on something.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Saturday Market Project retails online through their website. They're based out of the US and UK and have slightly different product offerings from both. Their main focus is on collaborating to develop project kits, and selling raw materials for maker and craft type projects.

Whats interesting about SMP is that in addition to fancy french string, wool, and really nice staplers, they're selling electronics kits, resistors, and a paint pen that draws in conductive ink link.

The idea that those products make sense together is really contemporary - and I think reflects how interesting the maker movement is becoming as it grows. The idea that something like SMP would, or even could exist 10 years ago or even 3 or 4 years ago is impossible.

For those of you in the UK, you may already know that the London Design Festival is going on this week. There are more events that we can mention - but suffice to say that were jealous of any of you who are in London this week.

During LDF, Saturday Market project is hosting a space for, as they put it "making, material experimentation, masterclasses, demonstrations, free drop-in workshops and a temporary shop" in Shoreditch near the Old Street tube stop.

We provided a set of Gramercy Saws, rasps and Hammers for the work bench at their space, and they've got events all weekend including a cool (LDF runs through the 21st)

If you're in London check it out and tell them we say Hi!!

For more information about SMP at London Design Fair check their Tumblr here.

Or visit their website.

Cheers!!

Meanwhile, In New York, It's Maker Faire and this year I'll be making a presentation on Sunday at 2:30. Check here for details.
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