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Creating makerspaces: building capacity in people

I’m trying to save the world by working with a bunch of creative, resourceful, hard-working students at Wilfrid Laurier University. We invented the Laurier Library Makerspace here in Waterloo, Ontario. We teach everything from sewing to circuit board design to … Continue reading

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kwartzlab v3 build out

Popped by kwartzlab v3 on Sunday morning to see what’s cooking with the new space. It’s been 6 weeks since my last visit and there has been a tonne of progress on all fronts from moving to mudding. Melissa Pynkoski, … Continue reading

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kwartzlab on the move

After a good number of years at the corner of Charles and Kent, Waterloo Region’s original makerspace, kwartzlab, is on the move to new digs just around the corner at 145 Bedford. Hard working meta-maker and move organizer, Cam Turner … Continue reading

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Artist Dave Hind–the medium is the metal

A week ago, my brother and I jumped on a bus in Hamilton to take a tour of Brantford artist Dave Hind’s work and studio. The experience positively blew my hair back. Dave is one of my absolute favourite artists, … Continue reading

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Art + awareness–toward safe affordable housing

I’m thinking about three things for the whole community: accessible mental health care, food security and safe, affordable housing. I’m woefully under-informed in all of these domains, but I’m a pretty good listener. I hit the Outsider Art Show on … Continue reading

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On a personal note: people helping people

“It’s just people helping people”, he said, and I rolled my teenage eyes. We had moved an altogether-too-big-for-the-truck horse-drawn sleigh to a friend’s flower shop in Sarnia to serve as a Christmas display. I was along for the job as … Continue reading

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Sustaining community jams

Eric Rumble, Night\Shift founder and festival director On Sunday afternoon, I read the farewell for Downtown Kitchener cultural mashup event: Night\Shift. My friend, Eric Rumble, N\S founder and festival director, offered a familiar explanation, one with which I can sympathize. … Continue reading

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I remember

  Back row, centre: George Foster, my grandfather. A pivotal figure in my life. I remember every day.

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The best art changes us

On Monday, I wandered through the cold, slick autumn night to hear artist Don Miller talk. The CAFKA Rewind series of talks at WPL, piquing your curiosity between biennials, brings back CAFKA alumni to talk about their work and in … Continue reading

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Toronto Maker Festival 2017 coming this weekend!

Hey WR, the very excellent Toronto Maker Festival is coming this weekend to the other end of the Waterloo Region/Toronto *maker* corridor. You should go. 9-5Sat/10-5Sun, free-no-pay, tons of hands-on making at the fantabulous Toronto Reference Library on Yonge north … Continue reading

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