The renaissance of the artisan work

Firsts steps to introduce you into the maker culture

I’m sure this concept is not new for you. This contemporary culture, the maker culture, represents a technology-based extension of DIY (do-it-yourself) culture. It is based on the creation of new objects as well as tinkering with existing ones.

The maker culture in general supports open-source hardware. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker culture include electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, as well as more traditional activities such as metal and woodworking, and the traditional handcrafting. Some tools that are helping grow the movement are: 3D printers and 3D scanners, microcontrollers (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black, and Intel’s Galileo and Edison controllers), drones, DIY electronics like littleBits, and Makey Makey.

As the maker culture emphasizes learning-through-doing (active learning) in a social environment: find Makerspaces, Fab Labs, and Maker Faires in order to get into your local community and learn more about it.

From local to global

But this is not an exclusive local kind-of learning. The existence of knowledge repositories for information sharing and exchange of ideas makes easier for everybody to get into the worldwide maker community.

Examples of this repositories, where you can find open-source projects:

  • Instructables: a repository to find how to make almost anything: from wood and electronics to knitting projects.
  • Thingiverse: is a universe repository of things to be built with lasercutter, 3D printer, or CNC.

Instructables allows almost anyone to find a how-to guide to build whatever they need. And it is even easier for creators to upload their guides. For instance, a guide to build a lamp to brighten your office or a spool to get your 3D printer filaments in order.

OpenLabs 3D-printed lamp
  • Wood Filament Spool: by Marian Moldovan, from lemnio.es. At their shop, they decided to make a simple spool filament holder made from recycled pallet.

There are also several worldwide shops, where to find inspiration and goods to support this maker community:

  • Etsy: as they define themselves, is the place to express your creativity through the buying and selling of handmade and vintage goods.
  • Spoonflower: a fabric shop, where everyone can upload their designs and participate in contests with them. Also artists receive a % of the profit the shop makes selling fabrics with their patters.

Ok, but nobody finds my job online…

It’s a common thing. It’s easy to sell locally, in you community, as people get to know your job easily. But globally? Sometimes these maker shops are not in central repositories, and they prefer to build their own website and sell their goods globally through other sites.

For instance, lemnio.es, creators of concepts with wood, sell their goods at Amazon Handmade. They share their knowledge contributing to the maker community online via Instructables or Thingiverse, and also use social networks as Facebook Pages (with a built-in button to redirect buyers to Amazon) and Instagram to show their projects. It is really important to create good content: good photographies, how-to guides, 3D models, etc. Another option is to create a Youtube channel and upload how-to videos.

An example of a MacBook laptop stand.

Make your products attractive to the world, teaching how to create them and showing the artisan work behind them. So don’t be afraid to open and share your knowledge and continue learning…

If your work is good, people will start to talk about it.

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