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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:

Chau Nguyen: A Vietnamese Artist Working in Multiple Worlds Philly Maker Faire Podcast

Chau Nguyen (b. Hanoi, Vietnam) (they/she) is a Vietnamese immigrant artist based in Philadelphia. They draw from concepts of translation, memory, cultural symbols, affect theory, materiality, and research on Vietnamese histories to convey frictions at the intersection of cultural identity, colonial fragments, and transnationalism. Nguyen received their BA in Fine Arts and History of Art from Bryn Mawr College and their MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art and Architecture. They were an artist-in-residence at 77Art Center (VT) and Chautauqua Art Institution (NY). Their work has been in group and solo exhibitions at The Delaware Contemporary (DE), The Monmouth Museum (NJ), The Woodmere Art Museum (PA), Visionary Projects (NY), Studio Montclair (NJ), Philadelphia Sketch Club (PA), Philly Art Collective (PA), Gallery Steinsland Berliner (Stockholm), among others. They worked on curatorial projects in conjunction with New Kensington CDC and Bryn Mawr College. Nguyen also served on the DEI Council at Comoto Holdings, a major U.S. platform in motorsports, where they co-led Comoto’s first women’s employee resource group. Nguyen has received grants and awards from The Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio at Temple University Libraries, The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE), Tyler School of Art and Architecture, The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, Chautauqua Art Institute, Bryn Mawr College, DIS Copenhagen, and FPT-Arena Multimedia. Chau Nguyen Online Website YouTube Instagram Email Your hosts Chiamaka Valerie Chikwendu LinkedIn Jeremy dePrisco: Laura Chenault: Laura owns Laurel Tree Bindery:
  1. Chau Nguyen: A Vietnamese Artist Working in Multiple Worlds
  2. Tom Ward: Electrifying the Recreational Boat Industry with Epoch Boats
  3. Taking Time to Breathe and Talk Design with Artist Deanna McLaughlin
  4. Talking Textiles with Yemisi Ajayi
  5. Igniting Change with Chad Eric Smith of Mural Arts Philadelphia

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