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Maker Faire Lille 2018

Maker Faire Lille 2018

We recently saw some footage online from an event called Maker Faire in Lille, France. There was some light painting presence there so we decided to contact Ghislain Decq who was part of this and ask him about the interesting event. Below are his answers

Q: Please introduce yourself. Name, age, where do you come from, occupation etc

R: Hello my name is Ghislain Decq, I’m 44 years old. I live in the north of France. I have two jobs, designer in aluminium carpentry and artist/photographer.

Q: We saw online some images and videos of you and some others participating in Make Faire in Lille last week. Can you tell us a bit about it? What is Maker Faire? How did you participate? Who was on your team? What exactly did you do there?

The Maker Faire is an international event, a science feast and a reference event for innovation, I am a member of the LFLP (French Lighpainting League), We often participate in Maker Faire, this year the LFLP ask me to organize the light painting stand for the event in Lille. The team consisted of members of the LFLP of northern France and Belgium and the members of the light painting Lightgriffing collective. I had the chance to have a dream team for this event, Frédéric Leroux, Xavier, Samuel Dereuder (Ninja Roux), Georges Pagnier, Emeline Cousin and Etienne.



Samuel, Ghislain, Emeline, Etienne and Georges


Georges, Ghislain, Charlotte (his daughter), Frederic,Xavier, Samuel and Amelie

During three days we explained the light painting, animated a photocall and presented our light tools.The audience was very interested, we have many congratulations for our work


Q : We saw also some really interesting looking tools. Blades and some led stripes made out of what seemed to be laser cut wood pieces… Are you creating those? Did you create them for yourself only or are you planning to start selling your own tools? Where can we find more info about your work?

These are tools of my design. Last June I took part in a residency in the FabLab of the Gare Numérique in Jeumont. I began to think about the design of a wooden handle that can receive several types of different battery and from one to three led of 110 lumens each with a driver to get different effects the idea is to make a DIY light painting tool. On the handle, you can adopt a plexiglass blade or other accessories. I also designed a 1-inch screw so that the handle is compatible with the range tools of the trade “light painting brush” without the universal connector.

For the moment the study phase is not finished, the first tests are conclusive and the opinions of the lighter painters who have tried the tools are good. In a short time, a complete article will be available on the LFLP website and the members will have access to the cutting files to make their own wooden lamp.


Posted by Ghislain Decq on Freitag, 16. Februar 2018


Ghislain promised to return here and talk more about his very interesting tools when he is ready with its development.

We want to thank him and we look forward to hearing more about this great looking tools too!


You can find some more of Ghislain’s work on Instagram and his FB page

About The Author

Jannis Sid

Jannis Sid aka Luplof is a greek Light Painter based in Helsinki Finland. Working for 20 years in the entertainment industry as a light designer he has developed a special relationship with light. Light painting since he moved to Finland in 2010, more actively since 2015. In 2017 he founded the LightPaintBox and started this blog.

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