Dear Artisan’s Community,
In 2013, I learned about a little community of makers that had a room full of sewing machines and a class to teach people how to use them. A thoughtful teacher helped me complete my project over four weeks—a pair of pajama pants—and I will always remember how proud I was to wear them. Who knew that just a few years later I would become part of that growing community and help provide opportunities for others to feel the same pride in creating something for themselves.
On July 16 I will be ending my tenure at Artisan’s Asylum. After three years working to expand our education department to include more corporate team building classes, summer youth programs, and the unexpected challenge of navigating how to offer learning opportunities during a global pandemic, I leave to begin a new chapter just as Artisan’s starts its own new chapter at our new home in Allston.
I extend my thanks to each of our instructors who provide world-class instruction, sharing their deep knowledge and experience in making and fabrication. This cohort of makers is the lifeblood of Artisan’s and provides a rich and creative foundation for all of our programming. I have learned so much from each of them, not only how to use new technologies but also how to think differently about the world around us.
As we all have begun to return to our workspaces at Artisan’s, I realize how much I have been truly inspired by the hunger for learning opportunities from our community. I’ve watched students jump for joy when they finally get a circuit board to work and light up an LED. I’ve seen the furrowed brows and deep concentration of students using a metal lathe to create a perfectly-shaped widget. I’ve heard students laugh together when testing out their object in the vacuum former and it fails, miserably. But our students don’t give up. Artisan’s has always been a place where failure and success go hand-in-hand. It has been incredible for me to witness the challenges, the planning, the failures, the unsuccessful prototypes—the messy side of making that is so much fun because it’s the time when we learn the most.
To our community, I wish you spectacular failures and joyous successes! Celebrate those moments, continue to learn, and relish the amazing creative community at Artisan’s that will support you in your journey.
Anne Wright, Education Director at Artisan’s Asylum