[KwartzLab] Local Guide for Makers
agnes.niewiadomski at gmail.com
Mon May 27 19:19:58 EDT 2013
I'm working on a project for Makezine about local resources for makers.
I'll be putting together a "Guide to Kitchener/Waterloo" as well as a
"Guide to Hamilton" since I'm currently living between both places. This is
a voluntary project, and will be a work in progress since it will take some
time to complete and I will be including some photos along with it.
Eventually it will get posted on the Make site...and hopefully is something
that others will be inspired to put together for their towns.
What I'm asking is for your help to gather up info about places that you
find helpful to get materials, and or services done for you.
For example, the best place to buy fabric, wire, solder, wood, metal,
glass, clay, beads...etc. Also, places you can go for services like picture
framing, printing, engraving, vinyl cutting...etc.
Also! You can include places that you know where to get stuff for FREE,
since that is often the most helpful resource for makers on a budget, or
people who are just starting out and don't want to invest a lot of money on
So please take some time to think about your own experiences in making, it
can be anything from sculpture, costuming, painting, to home repair, or
electronics. Whatever you're into, you are likely the an expert on it, so
please share your knowledge with us!
The idea is that it is local. if you have resources for products that you
only buy from online, I'll be happy to catalog that as well, since of
course I know a lot of the time it is cheaper to order things on the
internet. If you have a great source for something that isn't in the KW
area, please include it anyways, we'd still like to know!
Here is a list I've come up with off the top of my head as categories of
things to catalog:
glues (specify type)
screws, nails, fasteners
sewing machine repair
I've created a public googledoc to make compiling the list more efficient.
I thank you very much for taking time to add to this project. Hopefully it
is something you will be able to benefit from once we get it going. I am
also open to any suggestions you have on how to make this project even
better. I'm not sure if googledoc is the best way to manage this, but it's
all I know right now.
I stumbled upon this today (Youtube suggested it for me) a video of Adam
Savage talking about this kind of thing:
kwartzlab Art Program Director
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