UnderCover: Women + Design + Power Tools + DYI = Awesome!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Women + Design + Power Tools + DYI = Awesome!

I've written about MakeATX before, and yesterday evening I finally had the opportunity to meet its founders Kristen Von Minden and Eve Trester-Wilson. They co-hosted a great hands-on workshop at Paper Source which included hand-made envelopes, thermographic faux embossing, and a DYI letterpress.

MakeATX has not opened its doors yet, but Kristen and Eve are hard at work on their business plan and connecting with the creative community at events such as Renegade Craft Fair, E.A.S.T., and Blue Genie Art Bazaar. Although MakeATX has already funded on Kickstarter, Kristen said they are still accepting Paypal donations in exchange for membership discounts on their website at makeatx.com.

From their website: MAKEatx will be a member-based workshop where Austinites can pursue their diverse interests and activities independently and creatively. The workshop will be outfitted with a variety of fabrication tools to help you on your way to finishing that creative school, work, or do-it-yourself project you’ve been kicking around:
  • a powerful and versatile laser cutter capable of cutting, etching, and engraving a wide variety of materials up to 36″ x 24″
  • a cnc router/milling machine capable of cutting or carving 3-dimensional files up to 96″x 48″x 8″
  • brand new computers with the latest design software
  • folding machines
  • sewing machines
  • and a variety of shop equipment, technology, and workspace
And for you Austin ladies who just can't get enough of power tools—check out the co-host of last night's workshop, Women.Design.Build  womendesignbuild.org. Their mission is to "instill confidence and competence in women interested in design and construction professions." WDB has monthly workshops, so keep a look out for upcoming events—I might just see you there!

Instructions for constructing your own tabletop letterpress at:  

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