In Praise of Makers, Big and Small

 

As a company of makers, teachers, artists, and designers, we love creative people. With more than 1.5 million sellers on the craft website Etsy, the DIY movement is booming and here to stay.

As our manufacturing partner Accurate Services prepares to launch a new venture that helps designers and entrepreneurs bring a product from concept to market, we thought we’d share our thoughts about the Maker Movement.

The Maker Movement encompasses millions of people using their creative talents to make something. From baking a cake to building a robot, the Maker Movement welcomes everyone and every skill. It also adds billions of dollars to the economy.

While making money is nice, it’s not the sole motivation for many makers. Some simply want to create and share it with the world.

Described as a gathering of “crafters, educators, tinkers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors,” Maker Faire events attract hundreds of thousands of creative people. Maker Faires are held worldwide to bring together people interested in experimentation, inventions, and learning, and showing off their own discoveries and creations.

Launched in 2006 by the editors of MAKE magazine, the Marker Faire has grown to 119 mini faires and 14 featured events around the globe. San Francisco and New York City host the two flagship events, but a quick web search will point makers to upcoming Faires across the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East.

For those interested in making a sale, companies like Etsy, Kickstarter, and Accurate Services are part of the equation. These companies allow everyday folks with a great idea, but limited resources, to bring a real life product to market.

illumiNITE believes that combining the right tools and resources with innovation and inspiration leads to great things. Millions of creative entrepreneurs have started small businesses dedicated to self-made products, and more are on the way.

What have you made today?

What do you think?