What is a Maker Space?
Makerspaces.com defines a maker space as a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility used for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools. These spaces are open to children and adults and have a variety of maker equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, Arduino boards, electronic components, soldering irons and even sewing machines.
Who is the Kite Studios Maker Space For?
The space is for makers and aspiring makers! Young, old, talented, not-so-talented, male, female, it doesn’t matter. The aim of the Maker Space is to stimulate ideas, creativity, positive learning and making. In short, the space is for everyone.
What Can the Maker Space Be Used For?
It can be used in whichever way the community deems fit and reasonable. The space is intended primarily as a creative space, or oasis, for people from all walks of life to get down to the nitty and gritty of using old and new technology to explore the world of making.
The space provides access to an etching press, 3D laser cutter, heat press, sewing machines, basic screen printing, ceramic and art equipment. The ceramic making facilities including pottery wheels and a kiln for firing is included in the hourly rental cost of the Maker Space. Note that an introductory class on how to use and care for the equipment, including risk assessment is required before being allowed to use the equipment independently.
The Bespoke Pottery class is a way to get introduced and accustomed to the materials and equipment used in the pottery process. Completion of an introductory class or bespoke session will allow makers to use equipment at their own leisure.
The Maker Space General Induction class is a way for customers to get introduced and accustomed to the materials and equipment used in etching, heat transfers, fabrication, and more. Completion of the class will allow customers to use equipment at their own leisure.
Accesses to the Kite Studios Creative Team
The teaching team at Kite Studios have a varied set of skills and experience. From pottery to printmaking, drawing and painting, stitching and even 3D printing; there’s someone who knows something about what you’re interested in. The team will be more than happy to help guide you during the induction session.