Maker Faire NYC 2013: My Favorite Acquisitions

by Katherine Erlikh

The 2013 World Maker Faire took place last weekend at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing, Queens, and I was fortunate to attend the event on Saturday. Amongst the booths clustered in the Maker Fairegrounds, there was a number of small hidden treasures that I ended up buying, because I really needed them in my life. Please have this accounting of my most excellent impulse buys good life choices.

If you’re a dedicated reader of MTV Geek and its Daily Geek or Best Thing Ever columns, you may have noticed my tendency to feature art in those sections. I’m so, so sorry about that by the way – I just can’t help it. Indie, geeky art is my absolute favorite thing in the world, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than shopping for art prints, postcards, stationery and stickers while I am at cons, fairs and events. So, pretty much 100% of the stuff I bought ended up being art-related. #Oops.

This postcard inspired by vintage comics made my “absolutely need to buy this now” list. It’s made by Weehawken Werks and is adorable. I’m keeping it for in case I ever need to tell someone that I’d really like to see them get blown up by a vintage rocket. Appropriate stationery for every occasion is an absolute must!

I also got a pile of adorable postcards and a couple of stickers from the Merry Happy Studios stand, because if there’s one thing I need in life, it’s more adorable chibi girls dressed up as sweets. I may be the only one, but I’m really quite fond of the current art styles leaning towards the sweet, pastel-tinged and sugary. I regret not getting more stickers, because the stickers are really the crowning glory.

I’m sorry, but it doesn’t get better than a one-eyed sheep shepherd monster. It really doesn’t. If anyone ever tells you otherwise, they are lying to you. This little guy was found at the MadKnits stall. I don’t know what I’ll do with him yet, but he will have a prominent and important feature in my life.

These weren’t purchases, but freebies – but these are so cute, I thought I’d share them in this section anyway! There was a very heavy representation of 3D printing machines, techniques and applications at Maker Faire; there was even a section called the “3D Printer Village,” which is where these stickers come from. Also, I ended up with an astonishingly large amount of tiny Maker Faire buttons – my favorite is the tiny alien on the far right!

Overall, Maker Faire was a very good shopping choice, and a very good life choice. I strongly recommend attending next year – especially if you’re in the market for stationery.

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If you’re a dedicated reader of MTV Geek and its Daily Geek or Best Thing Ever columns, you may have noticed my tendency to feature art in those sections. I’m so, so sorry about that by the way – I just can’t help it. Indie, geeky art is my absolute favorite thing in the world, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than shopping for art prints, postcards, stationery and stickers while I am at cons, fairs and events.