I am proud to say I will be a Maker at the Faire for the third time! This year I am diverging from the previous two years of sharing my love of crochet and knitting through yarn bombing:
Maker Faire Detroit 2011: Flower Power: Making Waves with Yarn
(You can read more information about the above projects at The Purl Street Scarf Project.)
Because I have an affection for the concept of community participation in creating an art project, this year I will be teaching Faire goers the pamphlet stitch in a project inspired by prayer flags. The "pages" will be starched cloth (to make it feel more like paper and easier to sew) onto which a "Maker intention" will be written. This can be what they make already, what they want to make, what they think more people should be making; basically a statement to affirm the delight and intention of making.
These pages will be sewn onto a paper strip "spine" which will subsequently be attached to make one long banner. In the manner of prayer flags, this banner of intention flags will fly in my backyard for the wind to disperse these intentions to the universe. Who knows? Maybe we'll see an increase of traffic to Radio Shack, yarn stores and lumber yards.
And, because who doesn't like a free make-and-take, people will be able to use their new found pamphlet stitch skill to make a small booklet to take notes of inspiring ideas they see.
So, e-readers be damned, make way for the tactile and aesthetic qualities of traditional books!