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Maker Speed Dater- an insight

 

This July, a range of makers and manufacturers joined together for some speedy networking in an exciting new format. Think speed dating for creatives, with score cards, buzzers, hastened conversations and more... run in collaboration with the fantastic Make Works and held at Leith's Custom Lane, the evening offered a valuable opportunity to spark new connections, initiate interesting collaborations and potentially find the business partner of your dreams! Here's what our attendees had to say...

 

 

Who are you and what to do you do? 

Hello, I'm Bethany and I work at Out of the Blueprint, a social enterprise print studio in Leith.

 

Did you find Maker Speed Dater useful? And interesting? Why?

I think Maker Speed Dater is a brilliant idea- I really appreciate the chance to meet so many people in a short space of time, and to quickly suss out whether there's any opportunity for collaboration. I met loads of lovely folks and had a great time!

 

Did you make any new connections for collaboration? Have you arranged to meet up with people you met? 

Yes! Exchanged lots of contacts, and loads of exciting opportunities that I'm looking forward to exploring.

 

 

Who are you and what to do you do?

I'm Jane Banks, and I have a laser cutting and engraving business called LaserFlair. I live near Elie in Fife and work from home in an outbuilding.

 

Did you find Maker Speed Dater useful? And interesting? Why?

Yes. There was a really interesting mixture of people, many of whom work for themselves and wanted to find makers with particular capabilities for particular projects. It's always fascinating to hear and see what other talented people do. There were embroiderers, fashion designers, furniture makers, product designers, interior designers ad graphic designers to name a few. And all very lovely people.

 

Did you make any new connections for collaboration? Have you arranged to meet up with people you met?

Most of the designers I met seemed interested in what I could do. As soon as some of the designers saw my laser cut business card, they had questions about what the machine bed size was, whether or not I could cut certain materials and to what thickness. One in particular said she had a project in mind. Another said he'd tried to laser cut a particular material in the past and had no luck, but if I could, he would be tempted to revive some ideas he'd written off as impossible. I've not arranged meetings, but extended invitations to visit the workshop if it would help to see how I work. I've linked up with some in Instagram and Twitter. And I met two people I've been following on Instagram which was really lovely!

 

 

Who are you and what to do you do?

I'm Alasdair Thomson and I'm a sculptor working predominantly in marble.

 

Did you find Maker Speed Dater useful? And interesting? Why?

Yes, very useful. I work alone, not only in my practice, but in my studio space as well, so have no other creatives to bounce ideas off or get input from, so evenings like these are fantastic for me. Very interesting to meet so many other folk in the same boat, and getting to hear about other's work helps to expand the scope of possibility of what's achievable in my own practice.

 

Did you make any new connections for collaboration? Have you arranged to meet up with people you met?

Yes, I met some great people with whom I look forward to new and exciting conversations. No meet ups arranged yet though- we only met yesterday!

 

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