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Philly Maker Faire Podcast

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In early 2021, Laura Chenault, the Marketing Director for the Philly Maker Faire, and Valerie Chikwendu, our volunteer coordinator, wanted to keep maker momentum through COVID, so we put together a podcast.

What We Do

The Philly Maker Faire Podcast celebrates the creators, builders, inventors, and artists that bring their visions to life at the Philly Maker Faire.

We feature interviews and announcements about the maker community in Philadelphia and surrounding areas.

Laura and Valerie both manage guest selection, and scheduling. I handle recording/editing. We all function as hosts, keeping our interviews very informal and fun. The podcast has been a great way to stay active during this crazy time, and we’ve met some outstanding makers!

Where Can I Listen?

All major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. Just search for “Philly Maker Faire Podcast”. All episodes are available on Anchor.

The RSS feed is here:

Makers Wanted!

We interview makers of all types. Our definition of “maker” is very broad. We include crafters, artists, educators, designers, bakers, and of course makers in the technology sphere. But we are not only focused on technology, and encourage all makers to get in touch. For an example of our wide variety of guests, check out past episodes.

We usually record interviews on Fridays via Zoom. Interview sessions run approx 1 hr. Only the audio is used for the podcast. Interviews are informal, so just be yourself!

We ask that you review our technical requirements to make sure we get the best possible results.

Once you have reviewed our technical requirements, contact Laura Chenault for scheduling.

When will my episode be posted?

Episodes can air anywhere from two to three weeks from when they are recorded. They are not broadcast live.

We usually schedule three weeks out. If you have a special event coming up that you would like to promote, we try to accommodate. Please mention it when you are scheduled.

Each guest also has an opportunity to be featured on our Philly Maker Faire site with a blog post, which usually goes out the same week the podcast is published.

Listen to the latest episodes below:

Taking Time to Breathe and Talk Design with Artist Deanna McLaughlin Philly Maker Faire Podcast

This week we’re chatting with Deanna McLaughlin. She is a visual artist and designer who makes unique artwork and custom creations. Deanna worked for several years as an art therapist in state mental hospitals and for over two decades as a public school art educator. She was one of five Americans to participate in the First Artist Exchange with the Union of Artists at St. Petersburg, Russia.  Deanna McLaughlin Online Art Links Website Furniture InLiquid Artsy Jewelry Instagram @cartrageous Yoga Links Yoga Twitter @yogaah Instagram Email Inspiring Makers Horace Pippin Willard Wigan Dalton Ghetti Thomas Mann Your hosts Chiamaka Valerie Chikwendu LinkedIn       Jeremy dePrisco: Laura Chenault: Laura owns Laurel Tree Bindery:
  1. Taking Time to Breathe and Talk Design with Artist Deanna McLaughlin
  2. Talking Textiles with Yemisi Ajayi
  3. Igniting Change with Chad Eric Smith of Mural Arts Philadelphia
  4. David Ryle Discusses Growing Community with Trellis For Tomorrow
  5. Making in Multiple Mediums with Artist Linda Celestian

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