I’m excited to announce that New Haven, CT has its own maker space and I am an official member! We’re called MakeHaven and we’re just starting out, so we’re in the process of getting furniture, growing our inventory and planning our mission and goals for the year. This Saturday we will be meeting to start making a 3D printer. (I will probably be spending my time documenting the process and working on some sewing.) So far, a majority of the members are into computing, coding and circuit bending. I plan on rounding out the space with my various crafting skills. We had a mini introduction to soldering this Tuesday and I did my first ever soldering. (I think, when it comes to burning hot object near my hands, I will stick to my trusty hot glue gun.) It’s been very exciting to be a part of this space from the very start. We were discussing all the possibilities for projects we could work on together. I was happy to find that not only are they up for some crafting, but home brewing, cooking (the space has an old kitchen!) and everything and anything to do with DIY. We have a great group of members who are passionate about DIY and I feel so lucky to continue on where our class left off and have a space so close to home! I hope to post our progress here on the DIYCultures blog. Classmates, if you are looking for an escape from the big city and looking to craft and solder, just let me know!
“The DIY Times is great zine series all about people with a DIY attitude to life, whether that’s printing t-shirts, making tables or running a music festival. They have about 20 pages in each zine with a screen printed cover. DIY Times is by NO GUTS NO GLORY is a community based collective of creative people from around the UK, established in November 2009 by Nathan Blaker based in Exeter UK.”
This is a pretty unique way to take a look at the process of making. That the process of creation, whatever the medium is the ability to empathize with the materials and people who will be interacting with it.
From the author Slim:
It is a book about how making works (as a process), what it means (to make something), and why it matters (to our lives). One of the central theme is the relationship between the act of empathizing with the act of making.
If you feel like donating to his kickstarter campaign, the address is http://kck.st/whvn03.