This weekend my husband graciously agreed to join me in an adventure to attend Re:Make hosted by Brit+Co.
Hotels in Austin are crazy expensive so we opted to drive up Saturday morning early, which meant heading out of H-town around 8 am (after a quick stop at Whataburger of course – Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuit Sandwich awww yeah!). We got into town around 10:30 and headed straight to the Palmer Events Center to get the party started. Abe was such a good sport, but he couldn’t help but start laughing when he saw the copious amounts of tassels and giant balloons (by StudioMucci I learned!).
We weren’t exactly sure what to expect when we got into the exhibit hall so we were pleasantly surprised to find a good mix of vendors, DIY activities, and beverages (coffee and booze…. #daydrunk! j/k). I think Abe decided he was going to have a good time when he spotted one of the vendors by the door – Manready Mercantile – which specializes in beauty and grooming products that men would actually buy (probably because they package most of them in whiskey bottles?). By the way, they also sell a “Throne Spray” in citrus and forest scents – which is a “Poo-pouri” for dudes AND you can buy a 24K Gold Plated Axe for the man in your life who clearly already has everything else.
Our next stop was the TechShop table – where we got the chance to create 3D laser-cut chipboard Stag’s heads and an LED bracelet cut (with conductive thread!). Despite the relatively simplistic appearance of the stag head, you should under no circumstance consider it to be easy to be put together! But then again the 15 year old that sat down after us finished before us, so maybe we are just really bad at puzzles… In any case, mine will be painted and glittered when we get home – stay tuned for the final product. The LED bracelet was a fun usage of circuits and conductive thread (the same kind you can use to make DIY capactive touch gloves btw) and is going to make a great “Thanks for watching our dogs” gift for my 6-year-old niece.
After our early crafting adventures, we decided to make the rounds of the event, and take a look at the vendors’ wares. There was a diverse selection of paper goods, textiles, jewelry, bath and body products, and foods. Epson was there with their label makers, and were letting attendees make customized party hats or postcards. Abe got into a lengthy discussion with one of the representatives, who told us that she usually works with the projectors and that she had recently attended CES. Abe was super interested in what she thought about CES and home projectors, and I thought it was awesome to hear a woman speak so authoritatively about technology – especially in an area that is usually dominated by men!
Austin Hackerspace also had a booth where they were showing off their 3D printer and their (handmade) desktop CNC mill – which they were using to custom engrave wooden keychains for everyone. Brit+Co also had their Replicators out making kid’s toys, planters, and other 3D-printed goodies to display next to the DIY laser cut wooden pendant necklace station. While I made my necklace Abe made the rounds again, and ended up buying the entire collection of Liber & Co drink elixers to take our cocktails to the next level.
Did I mention that I made some new friends? I got the chance to meet and talk to several Brit+Co staff members – including Cecelia (a fellow DG!), Sarah, and Kelly – and there may have been some silliness that occurred at one of the three (THREE!) photobooths. My friend Patricia subbed in for Abe when he decided it was nap time, and I think she looks particularly dapper in a monocle – don’t you think?
There was lots more fun to be had – and I came home with quite a selection of handcrafted goods from artisans like Curare Sweets, Eleventy-Five, Savvie Design Co, Michaels (who also had a photobooth), Esperos, Matter, Other Machine Co, Crafty Girl Austin, and Method (in addition to the stuff from Techshop, Hackerspace, and Liber & Co… not to mention Brit+Co!)
If you’re in Austin, Re:Make is going on again today from 11pm-6pm… if you aren’t you should definitely sign up for the San Francisco Re:Make in September! Word on the street is that it will be even bigger and better than Re:Make ATX (which is saying something because it was awesome!). I just might see you there 🙂