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Cross-posted on my blog: www.politicalartwork.blogspot.com

Yesterday I was invited to bring my VainVan ArtCar to the Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA. It was a really fascinating experience. I've been to many types of festivals and fairs over the years and while I do love having my annual corndog, I always get the creeps from the carnies, the immense, pasty, Americans waddling around, and the scary toothless, drunk, fools hootin and hollarin as they peel out in their 12' tall pick ups. It almost doesn't matter what state  you're in or what the fair is about, the components seem to almost always be the same. WELL, not today!

The Maker Faire is just about the coolest mix of the good things about county fairs, wood working...

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Custom Conference Table & Chairs by BecauseWeCan.org

science fairs...

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Giraffe photo by Scott / Laughing Squid

crafts festivals...
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Log Pillow by Erika Kern My Imaginary Boyfriend

and Burning Man...

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Neverwas Haul photo by my web-host, Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

and...

PianoMotion by Mark Chang

It was like anywhere U.S.A. Summer fair but instead of rednecks, it was populated with pierced, tattooed freaks and artists. IT WAS GREAT! It was especially fabulous to see how many cool kids are being introduced to creative thinking, art, inventions, and the common-ness of being weird. And...I even got my corndog!

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UPDATE!

I'm happy to report that Jennifer Marsh, who I did a story on last Fall, has finished her amazing International Fiber Collaboration. Here's a photo of the finished piece installed over the derelict gas station in Syracuse, NY. Click on the link for more photos. WOW!

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International Fiber Collaboration © 2008 Jennifer Marsh

All is not lost as long as people are willing to create, laugh, and help each other through life!

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Originally posted to EmilyD on Mon May 05, 2008 at 12:49 PM PDT.

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  •  Tips & Recommends (11+ / 0-)

    for a break from the Democratic Primary are most welcome. :-)

    When good people of conscience give up the fight for justice, all is lost. Therefore you must not give up. www.politicalartwork.blogspot.com

    by EmilyD on Mon May 05, 2008 at 12:50:25 PM PDT

    •  Thanks so much! (3+ / 0-)
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      Your post brought lovely weirdness and goofy vibes into my life when I needed it the most! ~~hug!~~

      Thanks! It's really great to see that there are other freaks out there, and that we can "create, laugh, and help each other through life!"

      The Gods bless us by giving us what we need and curse us by giving us what we think we need.

      by Hellenic Pagan on Mon May 05, 2008 at 01:10:49 PM PDT

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    •  oh my gosh! the vain van! (1+ / 0-)
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      i just re-read (this time, more closely / attentively)...we love your car! we actually drove by you on 880 heading south to the fair, and we all rubbernecked something fierce.

      we got a closer look in the parking lot later on our way out. particularly enjoyed the "by what measure" theme, replete with all of the tasty snack figurines, on the back panel.

      Time for Miles to soothe me again, because jazz is the antibush. --zic

      by homo neurotic on Mon May 05, 2008 at 01:13:25 PM PDT

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      •  Wasn't That Traffic Jam (1+ / 0-)
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        HORRIBLE?!? Everything was fine across the San Mateo Bridge and we were about 1/4 mile from the exit and WHUMP stuck in a stand-still traffic jam for 45 minutes! We were lucky in that we were routed over to the entrance to park with the other ArtCars but I'm sure it was even longer for you. They need to work out the kinks in the transportation part of the faire...UGH!

        When good people of conscience give up the fight for justice, all is lost. Therefore you must not give up. www.politicalartwork.blogspot.com

        by EmilyD on Mon May 05, 2008 at 01:23:37 PM PDT

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  •  nice (3+ / 0-)
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    i love maker faire.

    my partner and i (hardcore readymade mag devotees) missed the first one, we went last year, and attended yesterday and brought three friends with us.

    much thicker traffic and bigger crowd compared to what i recall from last year; i think word of mouth has really made the rounds on this wonderful annual event, which has leapt to near the top of my mental list of best annual events in the bay area.

    i perceive among my circle of important people (both here in and around sf, and in other environs as well) a real currency value associated with the d.i.y. ethic. part of it's a reaction against corporate mental pollution, part of it (increasingly) is a matter of personal microeconomics. regardless, i'm of the mind that independent of the reasons, it's inherently good.

    all you good folks within striking distance of austin, tx really out to treat yourself to check it out in october!

    Time for Miles to soothe me again, because jazz is the antibush. --zic

    by homo neurotic on Mon May 05, 2008 at 12:59:12 PM PDT

    •  Isn't It Funny.. (1+ / 0-)
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      gearheads, geeks, and knitters! Hilarious combination yes? Did you see the guy playing drums with gigantic knitting needles? Very funny, especially his expression as he hit "purl".

      I only could see the tops of the Coca Cola/Mentos fountain but I hear it was fabulous. Did you get to see it? Better than the Bellagio in Los Vegas (though a tad stickier.)

      When good people of conscience give up the fight for justice, all is lost. Therefore you must not give up. www.politicalartwork.blogspot.com

      by EmilyD on Mon May 05, 2008 at 01:26:04 PM PDT

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  •  Yay for the Maker Faire (1+ / 0-)
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    Wish I could get a crowd for the solar displays I put on in Harvard Square from time to time.

    Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at http://solarray.blogspot.com/2006/03/solar-video.html

    by gmoke on Mon May 05, 2008 at 01:38:15 PM PDT

    •  Well You Keep Up That Good Work (1+ / 0-)
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      even if folks don't know enough to come and see your display! If you shine it...they will come :-)

      When good people of conscience give up the fight for justice, all is lost. Therefore you must not give up. www.politicalartwork.blogspot.com

      by EmilyD on Mon May 05, 2008 at 02:02:31 PM PDT

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  •  The more I read about DIY (1+ / 0-)
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    the more I think it's the answer to our problems.

    Unplug from the corporate capitalist machine and embrace individual and cooperative labor to meet real human needs and desires. Rely on yourself as much as you possibly can and rely on a community as invested in you as you are invested in them when that isn't enough

    It'd be a lot of work, though, like life was in past centuries, so how to keep it from taking over your life as badly as wage slavery to the worthless elite might is another matter.

    "I must Create a System or be enslav'd to another Man's." - William Blake

    by Visceral on Mon May 05, 2008 at 02:00:56 PM PDT

    •  Yes, I completely Agree! (0+ / 0-)

      It would be more work, but it would be more REAL work as in getting your hands dirty and feeling like you've actually made something at the end of the day. I prefer that to going to Walmart and breathing in that plastic air while I buy plastic wrapped food with plastic particles in it.

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      When good people of conscience give up the fight for justice, all is lost. Therefore you must not give up. www.politicalartwork.blogspot.com

      by EmilyD on Mon May 05, 2008 at 02:04:43 PM PDT

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