A script that corrects the word "maker" into "guy who does arts and crafts"

"Maker space" = craft room

"Maker ethos" = enthusiasm for arts and crafts

"Maker fair" = craft expo

None of this shit is revolutionary, it's just stuff that your grandmas have always done. You are the newcomer. It's not any less arts-and-crafts just because it involves a 3D printer now.

Hold on i'm not actually done.

For all that "maker culture" is supposed to be about democratizing tech, from where I'm standing it seems amazingly top-down, separatist, and undemocratic. Why do your expos need to be their "own thing"? Why is being a "maker" something with so many ties to Silicon Valley bro culture and not like, county fairs? Why are you starting with "HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO IRL WITH HACKING" and not "here's how to integrate tech into your existing real-world crafts"?

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If you want to democratize tech, don't start with people who are already into tech. Go to actual craft fairs and figure out what little old ladies need from tech that is either a) not being met or b) being met by super-expensive corporate shit.

Like. Why isn't there a raspberry pi workshop/booth at the county fair? Why are you relying on normal people to seek you out instead of meeting them where they are?

@alpine_thistle there's an island off the coast of maine the fab lab people go to to help traditional craftspeople use lasers etc

@alpine_thistle there's also one in amersfoort that does, like, robot theater that has performances for people and workshops on turning trash into stuff.

also the nirobe fablab makes 3D printers out of e-waste which is pretty cool though only tangential to accessibility, I feel like overall fablab has been more inclusive than maker stuff though it still biases toward rich people/free time/us state dept programs etc

@amsomniac I'm not familiar with the internal divisions but anything that meets people where they are and tries to solve real-people problems is 👍 in my book

@alpine_thistle I feel like this is mostly a problem in the west. People overseas are having to do that because of aging population dynamics. There's more old ladies and handicrafters elsewhere than here.

Also some of these things exist and tech jerks just don't acknowledge or respect them. One of my favorite apps is to map cross-stitch/needlepoint patterns and I find that a lot of home sewists really enjoy advanced functions on electronically enabled machines. There is overlap but the frat mentality of tech culture is ensuring that the progress is invisible and the two sectors never meet.

I personally wouldn't be bothered with a maker fair because, frankly, the craft fair has better smelling air. At least those folks care enough to bathe before they go out in public. Last time I went to a tech thing it just...the air made me sick to my stomach. Never again.

@raantuva yeah, quilting and embroidery machines especially can be HIGH TECH. I'd really like to see what hackers/makers would be able to offer to people who are interested in that functionality but don't have the $$$$$

@alpine_thistle I, for one, would love an embroidery machine made for small spaces instead of the giant ones we currently have to choose from. Imagine merging the efficiency of a Swiss watch with the advanced selection options of color printers and having a machine that could do RIBBON EMBROIDERY OMG 🤤

I would make so many unnecessary items for people at the holidays 😌

@alpine_thistle I would also really enjoy full color computing screens on a machine for once. It's 2020 why is that shit still 8-bit

@alpine_thistle @raantuva

I found a couple projects to make an embroidery machine from a (in theory any) straight stitch sewing machine, using 3d printed parts an arduino and libre software. But it took a lot to find it. It's not a beginner project, but I bet sharing that how-to to fiber artists would drastically change how the 'arts and craft grandmothers' view tools like arduino.

@Avalon @alpine_thistle Well idk your statement does seem to fail to account for senescence which is very real and has a major impact on how one can approach a problem. Rather than asking them to make their own stuff I think tech needs to meet in the middle and make what they want but make it to their tastes. Like the movie says, if you build it, they will come.

@raantuva @alpine_thistle
I am more talking about the early step that is sharing "we've figured out this cool idea that can save someone between hundreds and thousands of dollars" it overlaps traditional fibercrafts and the maker style tools that are so often shared with the idea of "you can do anything with it" but the examples shown are build a robot arm/ make a switch that turns an led off and on.

@Avalon @alpine_thistle I get that but I stand by my prior statement. You specified grandmas (who are not the only ones doing handicrafts)

@raantuva @alpine_thistle
fair, and I probably shouldn't have specified, because I'm definitely referring to a broader scope than that, but then I know plenty of grandmothers who are all about taking classes and learning things, and if make your own embroidery machine was an option, even an option with prereq classes that have things they aren't as into, they'd be into that, in a way that they otherwise wouldn't even consider learning arduino stuff.

@alpine_thistle @thufie I ended up buying a cricut because they may be corporate owned but they managed to make a friendly craft-marketed device that does what I want where “maker” oriented ones do not 😬

@alpine_thistle

Local orgs are really important. The political parties have booths at every fair cus they know talking to people on the ground is cruical.

You gotta literally get in people's line of sight for them to notice and take interest.

@alpine_thistle by rebranding arts & crafts with a trademark someone can make a lot of money from white guys that find "arts & crafts" to be an imposition on their masculinity

@alpine_thistle Must be those damn raspberry farmers protecting their trademark.

@alpine_thistle

Please do not paint “little old ladies” as the archetype of #ICT #illiteracy. For all you know, that “little old lady” has a PhD in computer science and was designing compilers before most so-called #developers alive today were even a glint in the eye of the #milkman.

@alpine_thistle

Based on my own requirements analysis training and experience, I use mid level managers as my favoured stereotype for people who have no clue how a computer works.

Though #politicians would also fit the bill nicely, come to think of it. 🤔

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