Meet the Maker: UndRground Market

We’re happy to welcome the UndRground Market to  Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con 2018. Emily Arvidson tells us more about her awesome upcycled art here.

GCMCC: What do you make?

UM: We make Steampunk/Alternative Jewelry and Costume Accessories, using upcycled flatware as our primary media. We also make Custom Cameo Creations, where people choose their components and we make a piece just for them, on the spot.

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Welcome GCMCC Sponsors: USF Connect & the Florida High Tech Corridor

Each year, almost since the inception of Gulf Coast Maker Con, USF CONNECT and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council have shown their support for the inventive spirit that fuels our Maker community.  This year, they’re joining us again and we’re happy to give them a shout out for their continued support!

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Meet the Makers: Florida Society of Goldsmiths

We’re looking forward to the Florida Society of Goldsmiths inaugural visit to  Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con!


The Florida Society of Goldsmiths (FSG) is a not-for-profit organization with chapters covering the state of Florida. FSG was created by metalsmiths to aid and support other metalsmiths through meetings, publicity, workshops and exhibitions; to provide metalsmiths with opportunities for education and exchange of information; to broaden public knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of fine quality hand-crafted metal work, including, but not limited to, jewelry.

We will be demonstrating forming metal as well as having a hands-on project doming copper. We will be demonstrating a way to join metal as well. We will have copies of our newsletter available to see as well as books about metalworking.

Join us to meet some of the members of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths and learn more about the art of metalsmithing!

Get your tickets or reserve your booth today!

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Meet the Makers: Pinellas STEM Academies

We’re happy to be joined by Pinellas STEM Academies at Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con, this year, showcasing the inventive spirit of Pinellas County youth!  Laura Spence, K-12 STEM Specialist for the Pinellas County School District, who will be sharing a workshop at the event,  has led the development of 270 after-school STEM Academies, impacting more than 5,400 students. She also hosts an award-winning STEM television series, WPDS Ch14 Science Rocks Pinellas that can be found on YouTube, which highlights STEM concepts and events throughout the state of Florida.

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Meet the Maker: Eerie Florida

We all know about Florida Man, of course, and Carl Haissen , Tim Dorsey and Dave Barry do an excellent job parodying Florida’s unique legacy of weirdness.  But here in Tampa Bay, we’ve got Eerie Florida, sharing “Chilling Tales from the Panhandle to the Keys,” and bringing the perfect complement of campiness to Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con on March 24.

and  share a bit more about their work uncovering the history behind the state’s creepiest stories and unusual locations.

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