Makerspace hosts an open house for curious creatives

Networking, workshops and demos in a space for artists at Kamloops Makerspace

The scene at the Kamloops Makerspace Open House on Jan. 29, 2016. (Jenn Will/The Omega)

The scene at the Kamloops Makerspace Open House on Jan. 29, 2016. (Jenn Will/The Omega)

Their mission of Kamloops Makerspace is to foster the creative community in the region by establishing and operating a space in Kamloops for hobbyists, inventors, artists and innovative people. On Friday, Jan. 29, the opened their doors and welcomed the community to show how they’ve done that.

Makerspace is a non-profit organization that has recently partnered with Kamloops Innovation, a business committed to growing a locally-based technology public. This recent partnership gives the team at Makerspace the ability to host this event and grow their community.

There was a large crowd gathered, many discovering this space for the first time. At the open house there was an assortment of delicious food and refreshments to be had during the mingling and networking between artists and creators from the Makerspace and anyone else who decided to drop in. Along with the tour of all the different workspaces were ongoing demonstrations for many of the different tools and gadgets. There were demos for the CNC router and shopsmith multi tool as well as the CNC milling machine and many others.

This building offers itself up as a unique host to any artists and craftsmen or anyone with a creative itch. The Makerspace is equipped with a wood shop, electronic work shop and a metal shop. They have capabilities to do 3D printing and many other types of projects as well. They offer regular memberships for $50 per month or a keyholder membership for $100 per month.

Memberships include full access to the building and all of its tools with helping hands from creators who are experienced in many different fields and that have a passion for innovation.

“That idea of people being able to share and collaborate, it allows us to share our knowledge, resources and tools while sharing information and bettering the whole rather than just one person,” said Brad Allan, one of five board members at the Makerspace. They currently have 55 people who hold memberships.

The Makerspace has lots of exciting workshops and events coming up, such as the introduction to Arduino lighting that will be held in February, along with the CNC router 101 workshop that will be held in March. Every Wednesday night they host a H4CK night for technology-based projects that starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m. This is free and welcome to all, allowing patrons an opportunity to create and take advantage of the space and equipment while gathering insight from other artists.