Recently there has been a lot of talk about “maker” culture. While maker culture is mostly associated with making your own tech gadgets, I, and others have an expanded definition, which includes other contemporary DIY trends such as organic gardening, crafts, woodworking, food, and everyone who has created their own Etsy store. Basically, if you can dream it, you can make it.
So, why the heck would you want to make your own stuff? Often the answer is ecological in nature. Or maybe you want something unique and customized. Maybe you want to express your creativity and make it tangible. Or maybe it’s just fun. Instead of tuning into Jersey Shore, you want to spend your time creating something useful and fun, such as soap shaped like a cassette tape or a wooden teether for your baby.
Columbus has embraced the DIY maker culture in a variety of ways.
- Columbusites have joined the resurgence of the canning movement
- People are upcycling their own clothes at places such as Substance in the Short North
- Making scented candles at the CandleLab
- And with the release of local hero Jeni Britton Bauer’s New York Times bestselling book “Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home,” scores of Columbusites are making artisanal ice cream in their own kitchens.
All of this is good for Columbus and encourages problem-solving, imagination, and risk-taking — all that good stuff that we promote in our Center for Creativity. So, I invite you, one and all, to come on down to CMA and embrace the maker culture.
How have you embraced the maker culture? What kinds of things do you make? We’d love to hear from you.
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Susie Underwood, Studio Programs Coordinator