Radio MakeFest

Meet The Makers – Lorraine Underwood

Lorraine UnderwoodWe’re back with another great interview. That’s right it’s season 2 episode 4 of Radio MakeFest and this time I talked with Lorraine Underwood about the many great projects she’s built and how she originally got into making.
 
For Liverpool MakeFest this year Lorraine will be bringing Cubert, a 1 metre LED cube she built which can not only be used as a display, but also play games such as Snake and Pac-Man thanks to it’s Micro:Bit controller. I can’t wait to give that a go.
Cubert a 1 metre cube of light up LED ping pong balls
Meet Cubert

Not to be confused with 80s arcade game character Q*Bert, who was something quite different.

During the interview we also discussed one of Lorraine’s latest projects which are these fantastic light up wings for an angel costume. Check out the video below.
 
 
To keep up with the many awesome things Lorraine is doing (including writing a book due out next year) you should follow her blog at – http://lorraine.mcunderwood.org/

She’s also very active on Twitter via – @LMcUnderwood

Most of all though you should come along to Liverpool MakeFest of course on June 29th 2019!! You can see Cubert for yourself, chat to Lorraine and of course enjoy all the other great stuff going on during this free day of fun for all the family! Get your tickets now.

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Dan

Meet The Makers – Neston High School Makerspace

Welcome to the 3rd episode of Radio MakeFest season 2, the companion podcast to Liverpool MakeFest on June 29th 2019. This time I drove up to Neston on the Wirral to meet up with Pat Link who runs their school makerspace.

A wide photo of the room, with workbenches and tools
Neston High School Makerspace
Pat has been involved in Maker groups and events around Liverpool for years and it’s great to see him passing on his enthusiasm (and skills of course) to new generations. We talked about how this fits in with the learning structure, what the kids get from it and how supportive the staff and parents have been.
 
UPDATE: The crowdfunder campaign Pat talks about is now like, go support them!!
 
Pat Link standing beside a stack of 3D printed rocket pieces
A deservedly proud looking Pat with the 3D printed rocked sections.
Neston High School Makerspace are doing a great job of contributing towards the world record 3D print attempt we’re going for this year. Just look how many pieces they’ve already done (see pic to right)! Amazing work everyone, we’re on course to smash that record we hope… oh that’s a pun for the old school hi-fi geeks like myself 😀
 
On the big day Pat and some of the students will be bringing all kinds of wonderful things they’ve made along to Liverpool MakeFest and displaying them at their stand. Not least a MASSIVE plastic shredder they’re making as part of the Precious Plastic recycling initiative. Expertly welded by Colin in the workshop.
 
You can see photos of the shredder and many other things on their excellent Instagram account at – https://www.instagram.com/nestonhighschoolmakerspace/

You can also find them on Twitter via – @NestonHighMaker

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Dan

Meet The Makers – Electric Flapjack Guitars

It’s the second episode of our new season for 2019 and this time our guest maker is Michael Dales of Electric Flapjack guitars. Maker of fine custom guitars and luthier, a subject close to my heart.

The Clydesdale guitar designed and made by Electric Flapjack
The Clydesdale guitar by Electric Flapjack

Michael works out of Cambridge Makespace, we discuss how knowledge sharing and community are so important to makers. We even get into Open Source and Michael tells us how he shares his 3D models and other resources on his website, why that’s important to him.

Michael Dales

Check out Michael’s website to find out more about his work – https://electricflapjack.com

Also follow him on Instagram for great photos of in progress projects and some cracking videos too! – https://www.instagram.com/electricflapjack/

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Dan

Meet The Makers – DoES Liverpool

We’re back with series 2 of Radio MakeFest, the podcast companion to Liverpool MakeFest, the largest maker community event in the UK! This year we’re interviewing the Makers, volunteers and amazing people involved in the upcoming event on June 29th 2019.

I began this series by sitting down with Jackie Pease and Adrian McEwen of DoES Liverpool, a makerspace and co-working hub in the heart of Liverpool, and it’s close to my heart too because Liverpool LUG meets there.

2 t shirts printed with the DOES Liverpool logo

DoES supports loads of great community groups and events such as the regular Maker Night every Thursday and Maker Day on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

Jackie is also one of the organisers of the Wearable Tech Group which meets regularly in the space and does some amazing things. For example the light up Samba costume she mentions in this interview.