Where would you find an 18-foot-tall statue of TV personality Red Green made of duct tape that belches fire? No where else than the Maker Faire Detroit.

If you like to make things, then you will love the Maker Faire that's coming to Detroit at the end of July.

Sponsored by the wonderful people at Make magazine, the Maker Faire Detroit 2011 is the perfect opportunity for anyone who hacks, tinkers, mixes, weaves, invents, or cobbles to share his or her genius with the world.

And best of all, it's free to share your project and tips with thousands of people at the fair if you are accepted as an exhibitor.

Maker Faire Detroit is taking applications now online at Call (http://makerfaire.com/detroit/2011/callformakers), and the deadline for submitting your idea or project is June 1.

Everything is fair game: robots, textile arts and crafts, vintage computers and game systems, rockets, food and beverage makers, fix-it-yourself projects, electric and human-powered vehicles, music performance and participation, metal casting, green tech, puppets and kites, biology/biotech and chemistry projects. If you've made something, the folks at Make magazine are all ears.

We are blessed in Michigan to have one of only three Maker Faires held throughout the country directly sponsored by Make magazine, which sends a small army of staff to put on this amazing event. As a demonstrator last year, I know firsthand about the playful way that Maker Faire Detroit celebrates the art of creating anything from Twinkie car and launcher to an 18-foot-tall statue of Red Green from ducttape. There was so much to see and do that my two teenage daughters wanted to attend both days!

For anyone who has ever wanted to compare notes with someone else on how to solve a problem, the do-it-together spirit that permeates the event is tremendous.

Even if you can't tell difference between a screwdriver and a chisel, you can always volunteer at or visit the fair on the weekend of July 30 to 31 at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit. Please feel free to write me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to know more about the event.