Here is an update of what has been happening at the Makerspace in May
- Reopening from the COVID shutdown
- Grizzly Tools Partnership
- Whatcom Intergenerational High School Partnership
- New classes being offered
- Seeking new volunteers
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The Bellingham Makerspace will be closed on April 4th in observance of Easter. Bellis Fair mall will also be closed.
Whatcom County has re-entered Phase 2 of the state Safe Start protocols to help stop the spread of Covid-19. This means we are preparing to reopen to the public for walk-in tours and classes can be offered for more than one person at a time.
For the last few months, since the end of November, the Bellingham Makerspace has been open by appointment only, and classes have been limited to on-on-one only. Now that we have entered Phase 2, class sized are increased to four. Also, we are recruiting volunteers and planning to be open to tours and day use again for the general public.
Tool reservations are still requested for members and can be made the same way they have been, using the Reserve Tool Time link on the My Account page of the Makerspace website.
We are currently offering one-on-one instruction on how to use the wide range of tools available at the space. You can find class and teacher contact information on the Makerspace website. Many people are interested in learning new skills during this period of economic uncertainty. The Makerspace has the space, the tools, and friendly experts to help.
Due to COVID restrictions and concern for the safety of our volunteers, the Makerspace is open to members by appointment only. Anyone can become a member by signing up on the Makerspace website, and members can make reservations online. When COVID restrictions ease, the Makerspace will return to regular open hours for the general public, expanded scheduling for Makerspace members, and offering events for the community.
While many people are working and learning from home, the Makerspace is creating kits to offer a fun and simple set of activities for children or adults to explore the joy of making creative things. Soon you will also be able to go to the Makerspace online store to buy craft kits that can be picked up and completed at home. Artisan created merchandise will be available as well.
The Makerspace will be closed for the holidays, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and on New Years Eve and New Years Day. We wish you a happy holiday and creativity in the year ahead!
The Makerspace has been passing on masks free of charge. Everyone has been wonderful donating material and their time. Now that the CDC has recommended that everyone wear a face covering, the Makerspace is not able to keep up with the demand, even with all the lovely people in the community sewing the way they are.
Another important issue is that raw materials are getting short of supply. Therefore I have recruited some local small businesses to help with the efforts. These small businesses are not able to obtain materials without buying them – especially since everyone in the nation is in this same situation. The small businesses also have employees that they would like to not have to lay off. Most companies that are in need of large numbers of masks would actually be buying them if they were readily available.
By buying materials, and purchasing things through our local businesses, not only are we getting protective equipment into people’s hands, but we are also supporting local businesses – who in turn can then pay their employees who are our friends and neighbors. Moving forward, this not only protects people’s health but also people’s jobs and livelihood.
I understand that some organizations may not be in a position to purchase masks. If that is the case, please contact us and we can donate masks to that team. Please understand that pulling in the local upholstery industry (and soon seamstresses, etc) is an effort to both protect people’s health and their livelihood.
Bellingham Makerspace is working with the local county and hospital authorities to address the shortage of personal protective equipment in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We have been coordinating with many local home grown groups of people who have been making handmade face masks, 3d printed face shields, and distributing them to people and organizations in need. To find out how you can help, visit our Forms and Documents page to see what kinds of projects we have available, or to apply as a volunteer.
Come on down to the Makerspace on October 19th from Noon to 5 and design, build and show off your costumes for Halloween! Our full textile space and fabrication is at your disposal, along with the wonderful Mo Green as an instructor to help make your costume ideas into fantastic reality!
We are hosting a winter clean-up day
and would love your help! We will be clearing out everything from winter blues to old projects. We will also, quite literally, be putting up a fresh coat of paint from 10 am to 3 pm on January 21st. This special Monday is also MLK day
, don’t forget to give back to the community!
We hope to see you all there. Thank you for your support!