Meet our Magnificent Makers
Little Inventors wants children to open their eyes to the world of invention and creativity. But beyond the invention drawings, there is a unique opportunity for children and makers, designers and artists to come together and collaborate to bring children’s imagination to life.
By taking children’s ideas seriously and presenting them in a professional manner through collaboration with skilled makers, we will help showcase children’s original ideas, perspectives and voices.
We also want to challenge the skills and experience of adult makers, and encourage them to push beyond their own limits by engaging with the highly imaginative and unhindered minds of young children.Do you make things?
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Download our maker's resource pack full of helpful tips and hints for selecting, creating and documenting your making process.
Hi, my name is Marek but I answer to Maz. I am a compulsive maker and fixer and I have been making things since I was young. Amongst other things, I have built a telescope, a house, a recording studio, musical instruments, a theremin, a wind turbine, bicycle powered smoothie machine, video rocket and a full sized UFO. And as part of the Star and Shadow II build team, I also built a cinema. In my spare time, I run Fixit Cafe, a loose collection of individuals devoted to preventing landfill and a choir of noisy singers (noizechoir).
My main skill is 3D animation, but I am starting to tinker with programming and electronics to bring my own inventions into the real world. I love to spend my time making things and learning new techniques to make things!
Objects and inventions that have and tell story.
The Whippet Up way works with the wider community to devise and develop projects. In the past year this has seen Whippet Up get creative with science, and run interactive science days for children and families. Helped people find their inner Viking and then go to the moon with performances and interactive experiences. We have build a lunar module on a tricycle and a space craft on a horse carriage. Discovered unknown facts about Antartica that have been developed into installations around penguins and explorers.
I started animating in 2D, working on motion graphics. After 3 years I decided to pick up 3D modelling and have since learnt to rig, animate and render for 3D animations.
I’m continuing to challenge myself with new styles of design and animation.
I am an illustrator and author of children's books and I like to think that I have the best job in the world! I graduated from Kingston Uni in 1998 and have since worked hard in my studio for days, weeks, months and years. I love creating characters and sketching out stories as well as being involved in LOTS of other creative projects with young people. When I'm not in my studio , I'm regularly found visiting schools and libraries and events inspiring children. I often get to travel around the UK and visit other countries doing what I love!
Visual arts has always been a strong part of my identity and how I connect to the world. The creativity of young minds is my driving inspiration. By re-contextualizing children's artwork through in-depth collaboration with my craft in glass, I hope to deliver a curious juxtaposition that celebrates and encourages their ideas. Mixed media elements allow me to fully describe the emotion of a piece and reiterate unconventional characteristics of children’s designs. As a returning student to Sheridan I have access to a breadth of media, professional grade equipment and a community professors help to me realize my strongest work.
I teach all types of animation at Northumbria University but I specialise in 3D animation.
I like to make photorealistic work and aim to use this in my project.
I'm an animator and model-maker based in Northumberland. I combine digital animation techniques with more traditional methods like stop motion. I enjoy sharing my skills with others - I'm an Associate Lecturer at Northumbria University and an animation mentor with TICE - introducing children to what it is like working in creative industries.
I design stuff for people to make and sell to other people!
Working with Octo Design, I’ve created products for lots of very different companies.
I'm a product designer with a keen interest in the creative process. That means I’m often involved in projects from day one, helping to shape those initial seeds of ideas through to something compelling.
I'm also a mechanical engineer who likes to make things. That helps me work out how things will work and how we can make them a reality!