Rondell Crier is not new to the Mini Maker Faire scene. He first participated in 2015 and created a “Threshold to Happiness” sculpture that was made out of aluminum, steel and digital components. It was an interactive sculpture designed to make people smile.
Crier is very passionate about practicing art and empowering people through art. He is a New Orleans native and a graduate of the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. He was involved with YAYA (Young Aspirations Young Artists), a youth art organization in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he served as the Secretary on the Board of Directors, and later, in 2002, he became the Executive Director of Programs. As a YAYA artist, he traveled to Japan, Germany, and Holland, where he had an opportunity to exhibit his own work.
He was inspired by YAYA’s impact on the community and after moving to Chattanooga, he started his own company, Studio Everything, that provides services in design, production, and fabrication. In addition to that, he started working with Glass House Collective where he helps neighborhood residents develop their artistic skills. He believes that it is important to pursue and involve new talent, and it is also important to provide access to resources where makers can practice to create.
For this year’s Mini Maker Faire, Crier is planning to create a robot out of wood that he hopes to make fully functional. He is still thinking through all the details, but we cannot wait to see what it will look like in the end! We will be following Rondell throughout his creative process to give a behind-the-scenes look at how a Maker prepares for the Faire and what all goes on from start to finish.