Meet the Maker: Tag Team Tompkins

Tag Team Tompkins is not new to Kansas City area, but this will be your first time at Maker Faire Kansas City. So WELCOME to the Faire!

Q: For those who haven’t seen you around the area, who and what is Tag Team Tompkins?

A: We began as a mother-daughter collaboration, making framed original art for several seasonal pop-up store events in Kansas City. Our favorite events were Debbie Dusenberry’s Halloween shows at her old Curious Sofa shop in Prairie Village. I’d retired as a creative at Hallmark, where Madeline works currently – I just couldn’t stop making things! My husband/her dad stepped in to edit and proofread our work, and our close friend Bob Atkins of Skylab Letterpress printed for us.

Q: You’ve told us that your work is inspired by literary quotes or personal words to live by, but what quote (or writer) kind of started it all?

A: In searching for quotes for Halloween, my college minor in English served me well. Shakespeare and Poe provided many great possibilities. You can’t go wrong with Shakespeare!

Q: Your prints are obviously quote based, but how do you design the graphics that go with them? Is it all hand drawn by the team? Or…?

A: As we design, I’ll collect quotes, and Madeline will add to the list or nix things. When she and I agree, that’s when our direction is set. I love to draw and will sketch and then cut out the designs in black paper. I like how cutting it simplifies the art. Madeline’s hand lettering brings the art to a fine finish. We decide what size the finished work will be and hope our printer has available time. Our printer always has helpful technical and design suggestions for pleasing results.

Q: Tag Team Tompkins lets people personalize/customize their prints, can you tell us a little bit more about that process?

A: Our customers sometime appreciate little bits of personalization to their purchased prints, names and dates on our wedding print for instance, or a birthday tag on a Chinese Zodiac print. Last year, Madeline took a sketchbook to a Royals game and hand lettered her own thoughts – “Baseball isn’t everything but it can make a crap week a bit better.” We loved it and hurried to make a print (thank you, Skylab!). We then made a print that left off the word “baseball” – knowing that everyone has something that makes a hard week better. And now we even have a border design that we can provide a short favorite quote for someone’s pleasure. Our charge for these prints is $15 and $25.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share with the Maker Faire Kansas City audience?

A: We are considering offering a free print to interested browsers – we have extra stock of our “Dire Warning” prints. Madeline plans to show her point pen and brush lettering. I’ll work on some silhouette cutting for our new prints.

Preview (and/or purchase) Tag Team Tompkins work here

Meet the Sponsor: General Motors Fairfax Assembly and Stamping Plant

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Please meet our Coppersmith Sponsor, General Motors Fairfax Assembly and Stamping Plant!

The General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant has been producing World Class Quality vehicles in the Kansas City area since 1945. Fairfax Assembly was the first industrial facility to operate as a dual purpose manufacturer producing both automobiles and jet fighters in the same building. The present facility, constructed in 1985, has received numerous awards, including North American Car of the Year for the Chevrolet Malibu, as well as earning a top safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and J.D. Power recognition in multiple categories. For more information about General Motors Fairfax Assembly, please visit here.

Official Hotel Sponsor: The Aladdin

We are proud to announce the Official Hotel Sponsor of Maker Faire Kansas City 2016 is:

 The Aladdin Holiday Inn Hotel.

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If you are attending Maker Faire from out of town or wish to be near Maker Faire Kansas City, you are encouraged to book a room with The Aladdin Holiday Inn Hotel. There is a special group rate for those attending the Faire.

A block of rooms has been reserved at
The Aladdin Holiday Inn Hotel
To secure the group rate of $125/night,please
make your reservations by June 20, 2016
Reservations Number: 877-224-2870
Direct Booking Link can be accessed here
Website: http://www.hialaddin.com/
Address: 1215 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO. 64105
Please identify that you are booking for “Maker Faire”

– The Aladdin Holiday Inn Hotel is 1.7 miles away from Maker Faire Kansas City, which is hosted at Union Station Kansas City –

The Aladdin Holiday Inn Hotel in Downtown Kansas City is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located in the heart of the Downtown Kansas City convention, business, financial and entertainment districts.

Located on site, is The Zebra Room, a full service restaurant featuring American cuisine with a seasonal flair for breakfast and dinner; The Martini Loft, located on the mezzanine level, a great stop for snacks and signature martinis and CitiScape Day Spa.

All rooms feature complimentary wired and wireless high speed Internet access, dual shower heads, iron, full size board, 32-inch flat screen, HD OnDemand movies and television, CD player, hair dryer, AM/FM clock radio plus much more!

 

Meet the Sponsor: Blue Scope Foundation

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Maker Faire Kansas City is all about spotlighting creativity and resourcefulness but also educating others about the Maker Movement. In the last five years, we have been honored by local and global companies that sponsor us to help us continue being a place that helps grow creativity, resourcefulness and education. We continue to be honored with a new sponsor to our Faire, Blue Scope Foundation. Blue Scope Foundation is one of our Coppersmith Sponsors.

BlueScope is a global leader in premium branded coated and painted steel products – the third largest manufacturer of painted and coated steel products globally; we have great strengths in engineered steel buildings in key markets, and are number one in building and construction markets. They are located all around the world and we are extremely honored and happy to call them a 2016 Maker Faire Kansas City sponsor.

For more information about Blue Scope, please visit here.

Meet the Maker: Funhouse57

Q: What is Funhouse57?

 

A: Funhouse57 is the name of my art making business. “Funhouse” because my art looks like it belongs in a carnival slideshow and “57” because I love 1957 Chevys. 

Q: You’ve described your work as “pop culture infused with 1930’s style art and iconography.” Why 1930’s?

 

A: When I was a little kid the cartoons on tv that I loved the most were the really early black & white ones like Betty Boop, Popeye, anything by the Max Fleisher Studios made in the mid ’30s. Also I’m attracted to lettering, mainly advertising from the ’20s and ’30s. 

 

Q: What inspires you?

 

A:  I’m inspired by artists Gary Panter, Wayne White, JooHee Yoon, Timothy Wrinkler, Max Luchini, Christian Northeast. To name a few. Old carnival signage, vintage packing, abandoned buildings. 

 

Q: What’s your background? Have you always been an illustrator or is this something you do in your free time?

 

A: Graduated from KCAI, Design Dept., Illustrated for KC Star, 25 years at Hallmark, shoebox division. I’ve worked on my own art outside of jobs throughout the year. 

 

Q: Dick, this will be your 4th year showing at Maker Faire Kansas City. Do you have any advice for new Makers to the Faire?

 

A: I guess just dive in, fill your tables with what you to love create, chat with people who stop by and are interested in what you make, walk around and appreciate other makers. Learn a lot from this unique experience and come back next year even better. 

Meet the Sponsor: Ultimaker

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Last year, Ultimaker announced a HUGE donation to Science City’s Maker Studio – a year-round extension of Maker Faire Kansas City. Ultimaker donated 9 NEW 3D printers – their largest donation to date. We are honored to call them one of Maker Faire Kansas City’s Silversmith Sponsors for 2016.

Ultimaker began with a thought: they wanted everyone to be able to enjoy the experience of Making, and their goal was to enable people to do so. Visit the Maker Studio in Science City to experience Ultimaker printers for yourself and come to Maker Faire Kansas City this June to meet the team behind this awesome company!

For more information about Ultimaker, please visit here.

Meet the Sponsor: JE Dunn Construction

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Maker Faire Kansas City is extremely excited to welcome back J.E. Dunn Construction as our Silversmith Sponsor. Last year, you may remember their booth as an extremely, hands-on, fun and educational space. Their team worked with guests of all ages to help build and create their own tree houses.

JE Dunn is dedicated to being involved in their community. According to their website, “the majority of JE Dunn employees spend time volunteering throughout the year in organizations such as educational and youth development, healthcare research, sustainability efforts, religious groups, arts and cultural foundations, and many more.” They supported more than 300 philanthropies last year.

To learn more about Maker Faire Kansas City Silversmith Sponsor, JE Dunn, please visit here.

The Call is Open!

 

Maker Faire Kansas City 2016
Event Date: June 25-26, 2016
Location: UNION STATION KANSAS CITY 

 

Application Schedule:
Maker Faire Kansas City’s Call for Makers is OPEN!

 

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Tips:

As you prepare to apply for the Call for Makers, the team has compiled a short list of tips to help!

  • Read EVERYTHING! We know it can be tempting to skip a line or two to get right into the application, BUT all the information is extremely important to know, so please, read everything!
  • Be as descriptive as possible about your project.
  • SPELLCHECK! Especially your e-mail address; e-mail will be our primary source of communication. If your e-mail is spelled incorrectly, or has an extra space, you could miss your opportunity to show off at the Faire!
  • Prepare good photos, or video content, you can provide with your application.
  • Think about who your Booth Assistants will be.
  • Ask questions; if you are unsure about something, check the Maker Manual. Still can’t find the answer? Contact us at info@makerfairekc.com. The Team will be happy to assist you.

Entry Information
Check out the list of topics your project can be about below. If you don’t see your ‘topic’ or ‘project’ type listed, don’t worry! We welcome and encourage all types of Makers to apply. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.

    • Student projects
    • Robotics
    • Homegrown Drones
    • Arduino projects
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Space projects
    • Food makers (not concessionaires, more info below)
    • Conductive materials projects
    • Kit makers
    • Interactive art projects
    • 3D Printers and CNC Mills
    • Textile Arts and Crafts
    • E-Textiles
    • Home Energy Monitoring
    • Rockets and RC Toys
    • Sustainability & Green Tech
    • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
    • Electronics
    • Electric Vehicles
    • Science, Biology/Biotech, and Chemistry projects
    • Puppets, Kites, and Other Whimsical Creations
    • Bicycles
    • Large-scale Art
    • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
    • Music Performances and Participation
    • Unusual Tools or Machines
    • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)

Entry Form Type 

Maker: Individuals, groups, schools and organizations that would like to demonstrate what they make and/or how it works in an all-weekend exhibit space; interactive exhibits are encouraged. Young Makers (ages 18 and below) will need an adult parent/guardian present. There is a section on the form for their information. Parents/guardians must be listed as a Booth Assistant.

A traditional Maker is a hobby-ist, their projects are not a full-time job, a business or a main source of income. If your project is a full-time job, a business, or your main source of income, you will need to be considered as a start-up or established business.

Commercial Maker: Individuals who would like to sell or market products along with demonstrating what they make at their maker exhibit.

Commercial Young Maker: Young Makers, ages 18 and below, who sell a product along with demonstrating what they make and/or show how it works.

Crafters: Both Commercial Makers and Craft vendors are a part of Maker Faire. The difference between the two is that Crafters are only selling their wares WITHOUT a hands-on demonstration of their project. Selling is a side-addition to Commercial Makers’ DIY demonstration; selling is not the focus of their exhibit.

Commercial Food Maker: Individuals pay a fee to show and demonstrate hand-made food products, in an interactive environment, with the opportunity to sell products. Samples 2 oz. or less can be given away with KCMO permit. Prepared packaged foods (defined as food that is not consumed on-site and is prepared prior to consumption), can be sold with KCMO permit.

Non-Profit and Cause or Mission Based Association, Institution and Organization: In an effort to respond to requests from a variety of organizations that would like to participate in Maker Faire, we have created a special category where organizations can qualify for the reduced rate to participate in Maker Faire.

The Call Opens Next Week!

 

Maker Faire Kansas City 2016
Event Date: June 25-26, 2016
Location: UNION STATION KANSAS CITY 

Application Schedule:
Maker Faire Kansas City’s Call for Makers opens Tuesday, February 16.
Prepare yourself to apply by checking out our Application Preview and reviewing the Maker Manual.

Be the first to find out when the application is available by signing up for our e-newsletter.

Tips:

As you prepare to apply for the Call for Makers, the team has compiled a short list of tips to help!

  • Be descriptive as possible about your project
  • Prepare good photos, or video content, you can provide
  • Think about who your Booth Assistants will be
  • Ask questions; if you are unsure about something, check the Maker Manual. Still can’t find the answer? Contact us at info@makerfairekc.com. The Team will be happy to assist you.

 

Check out the list of topics your project can be about below. If you don’t see your ‘topic’ or ‘project’ type listed, don’t worry! We welcome and encourage all types of Makers to apply. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.

    • Student projects
    • Robotics
    • Homegrown Drones
    • Arduino projects
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Space projects
    • Food makers (not concessionaires, more info below)
    • Conductive materials projects
    • Kit makers
    • Interactive art projects
    • 3D Printers and CNC Mills
    • Textile Arts and Crafts
    • E-Textiles
    • Home Energy Monitoring
    • Rockets and RC Toys
    • Sustainability & Green Tech
    • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
    • Electronics
    • Electric Vehicles
    • Science, Biology/Biotech, and Chemistry projects
    • Puppets, Kites, and Other Whimsical Creations
    • Bicycles
    • Large-scale Art
    • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
    • Music Performances and Participation
    • Unusual Tools or Machines
    • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)

 

Second Saturday Conversation

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KCR2 Builders Club will be the featured conversation at Linda Hall Library on Saturday, February 13, 11AM-12PM. Join the conversation and discover how their builds come to life! Cosplay is encouraged during the event. Don’t miss out!

For more information about the event, please visit here.