Made It To Makerhaus

Made It To Makerhaus and Made this Blog Post

With a trend that started a half century ago, people are once again wanting to make things.  In recent years this has gone from the fringes to the main stream. Is the sustainability movement with people tired of “wasting things” a backlash to disposable and planned obsolescence and the need for future resiliency; or, a counterpoint to a life behind a screen and in a cubicle that yearns for something more creative to do?  The causes are as unique as the prototypes themselves, as I learned when I toured Fremont’s newest maker space, Makerhaus.

As you drive up to this 10K square foot building, you may recall that the EVO ski shop formerly occupied this space. The building itself is a re-structured workspace made to be adaptable for many functions:  as a woodshop, machine shop, metal shop; for laser cutting, screen printing, 3D printing; a creative commons area; digital workshops, co-working spaces; and, as an event/education venue.

At a recent open house with a few hundred curious and creative people in attendance, I met a bicycle maker, a couple of screen printers, a local wine merchant, a futurist and several artists. It felt like I was witnessing a new hybrid of “hipster meets Quaker.”

The owners are Ellie and Mike Kemery, partners in business and in life – a dynamic duo.  Ellie’s background includes design, strategy and business in primarily corporate settings including Nike.  Mike is an industrial designer with a passion for making things and does a great job on the tours of explaining “how things work”.

Access to tools, materials, education and peer-to-peer creative coaching make this experience invaluable to tinkers of all kinds.  The business model includes a variety of tiered membership levels for the occasional to the hardcore user of the space.

If you are interested in becoming more resilient through DIY intiatives, want to try your hand at a cottage industry such as selling your repurposed clothing or jewelry on Etsy, or to make your mark on the local economy by sourcing nearby materials and talent to create one of a kind furniture pieces for home or office, then you’ll definitely want to check out this studio.

Tours are available, and I would suggest that you find a teenager to explore with you and introduce them to the concept of making things.  I know that my high school student was inspired to try his hand at a new craft.

Thanks to GeekWire you can enjoy this video tour here.

Other places that are inspiring and notable include one located on the East coast;  3rd Ward.  I look forward to touring there this summer.

Read more about the Maker movement here.

If you decide to attend a tour or become a member, please let MH know that the EcoMaven sent you and share with our readers what you learned, assembled or created there. Happy making!