What does it mean to be a maker?
To be a maker means to invest in exploring ways to engage new technologies while preserving old ones and ideally finding a synergy between them. The pace of advances in production methods challenges inventors, engineers, designers, artists, artisans and makers who have an intimate relationship with materials to use that familiarity to inform 21st century tool use. The common thread being a regard for the role of materials and how they are worked, a knowledge of the history associated with those materials and methods and a recognition of the importance of skill as essential to the process.
What are you doing in the Maker community?
MMAA is working with a local maker space, Miami Industrial Arts to help establish a ceramics program as part of their curriculum. We are also working with MIA to make connections with other designers and engineers to establish a classroom for teaching 3D modeling and printing techniques.
Who are some other Makers you admire and why?
Charles and Ray Eames were designers with a vision that pushed forward the technical boundaries of their time while maintaining a product that was informed by process, one that included touch and materiality.