Meet the Maker: Artisan’s Asylum

Meet another one of our fantastic makers appearing at this year’s Boston Mini Maker Faire – Derek Seabury and Artisan’s Asylum:

As the Executive Director and President of Artisan’s Asylum I am thrilled to be supporting the first ever Boston Mini Maker Faire. Artisan’s Asylum is a community workshop with the mission to promote the learning, teaching and practice of fabrication. Our 40,000 sq ft facility in Somerville, MA provides access to the tools, education, expertise and camaraderie that help people make what they imagine.

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Derek Seabury, Artisan’s Asylum Executive Director and President, learning new woodworking skills in our Build a Bandsaw Box class.

Since I was young I have been taking things apart to see how they worked – and sometimes got them back together.  When I took a tour of Artisan’s Asylum I was enthralled by not just all there was to make and learn, but also the remarkable community supporting each other in doing so. To this day I love seeing the amazing ways people combine techniques and technologies old and new to explore and innovate.

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A peek into our collaborative studio spaces. Member Sarah Miller working in a shared studio space next to members NextGen Knives.

With 160 affordable studio spaces, over 300 members, and hundreds of students coming through our doors each month, the Artisan’s Asylum is abuzz with the energy of artists and makers creating.  Members’ commitment to teach and learn encourages partnerships and collaborations. The shared drive to create is the foundation of a supportive, trusting community that supports each other in work and beyond. We offer classes in everything from robotics, jewelry,  bicycle maintenance and metal casting to 3D printing, and soon neon and glass.

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Member Charles Perrone working on a prototype in our Electronics & Robotics Lab.

Some of the projects that have come out of Artisan’s Asylum include Project Hexapod’s ‘Stompy’ the robot, projection art “Your Big Face” by New American Public Art and the record breaking Kickstarter 3Doodler. Our community also hosts a Speaker Series, design challenges, MASSDestruction robot competition, regular social nights and a weekly free Circuit Hacking Night open to the public.

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A sumo match during MASSDestruction Robot Competition between (from left) Carly Buchanan and member M@ Dunlap.

As part of our outreach efforts, we have assisted over 200 community workshops across 25 states and 6 countries through our ‘Make a Makerspace’ program. We provide consultation and insight on building successful fabrication based spaces, programs and projects that draw from the expertise and artistry already present in the community.

We are thrilled to share our love of making with so many people at the Boston Mini Maker Faire and encourage anyone to explore our space by taking a tour of our Somerville facility or learning more at artisansasylum.com.

Derek Seabury
Executive Director and President
Artisan’s Asylum

Photos by member Timothea Pham

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