Chances are, the average viewer of Pinterest will have one if not all of these four reactions to a post they have viewed:
- Wow! That is beautiful!
- I wonder how they made that?
- I wish I could make that.
- Why didn’t I think of that? I totally could’ve made that!
The reality is everyone could make something they have seen on Pinterest. Really. Everyone. The four largest hurdles people face when getting to that next step after they find something they want to design or make are equipment, space, training, and time. Maven Makers, a makerspace, is a local solution to this problem here in Savannah, GA to help makers of every background and ability to eliminate all of these hurdles and help everyone see that they, too, can truly say, “I’M A MAKER.”
On May 7 from 4:30pm-7:30pm, Spring Into Making: Class Launch Event will kick off our new class schedule which will include woodworking, electronics, 3D printing, 3D modeling, jewelry, programming/coding, sewing, and more. There will be free demos, food, drinks, and a silent auction of all locally handmade goods. If you like the demo you are watching at the event, then sign up on the spot for the next available class! Registration is free at www.mavenmakers.com and if you sign up by April 29 you’ll receive a voucher for two Maker Bucks to go towards any product sold by a vendor at the event. Local vendors at the event will selling jewelry, woodwork, ceramics, and other handmade crafts.
Still trying to figure out what Maven Makers is all about before you decide to come to the event on May 7? Well… It’s kinda like a gym. A gym gives you access to equipment, training, and all the space needed for a monthly access fee. That is similar to what a makerspace is, except instead of a bench press and a treadmill you would use a table saw and a wood or metal lathe. At Maven Makers, you pay a monthly fee and you gain access to thousands of dollars in equipment, you are trained on how to use it, and there is plenty of room for workspace and storage for your next project. If someone doesn’t know where to start, just like at a gym, a personal trainer is there to get you from A to Z on whatever tool you need for the project. These are the mavens here at Maven Makers.
Mavens are experts who (in the words of Malcolm Gladwell in his book, The Tipping Point) are “intellectual knowledge brokers” that are willing to freely give out the knowledge they have to help those around them grow and share that knowledge. A makerspace is a collaborative community that cultivates a culture of creativity. The “Spring Into Making” event’s purpose is so you can come and be a part of this community of makers at Maven Makers. We hope to see you there May 7, 4:30-7:30!