Educator, producer, and hands-on learning advocate, Emily Smith loves to share knowledge - whether through workshops, art, events, or demonstrations. She has devoted much of her time to fostering environments that encourage learning by making, and has been producing arts and culture events since 2010, as cofounder of the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, Vancouver Fibreshed, and former Education Director of VIVO Media Arts Centre. She has hosted youth mentorship programs, ladies' hacking nights, and circuit bending events in partnership with Vancouver New Music, and has participated in artist residencies in collaboration with Emily Carr University, Material Matters Design Research Lab, Two Rivers Gallery and the Vancouver Parks Board.

More recently, she has directed her focus to bringing making into the classroom and completed a Masters of Design thesis at Emily Carr University where she created connections between k-12 and post-secondary curriculum, through making. Concurrently, she conducted a BC-wide initiative to create Maker Clubs in schools in partnership with ITA BC and the Magic Trout Imaginarium.

When not making with others, you can find her teaching in the fashion and design department at LaSalle College, or teaching Business of Design at SFU.


Emily’s passion for textiles and involvement with DIY and hacker communities have led her to learn and share techniques including spinning, knitting, soft circuitry, processing flax to linen, felting, backstrap weaving, embroidery, and visible mending. She continues to share her ethos and k-12 curricular connections through ongoing workshops and professional development days throughout the year. For more information, visit Slow Making Lab