Educator, producer, and hands-on learning advocate, Emily Smith loves to share knowledge – whether through workshops, art, events, or demonstrations. Her work ranges from textiles and fibre research to hacking technology in order to “open up the box” to discuss, critique, and re-imagine our heavily manufactured world. 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 co-founder of the Vancouver 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. She has more recently created k-12 Maker Clubs in partnership with ITA BC and the Magic Trout Imaginarium and is in the middle of a year-long interdisciplinary program in partnership with Simon Fraser University and Emily Carr, which focuses on textiles and sustainability.