I was sent this guest post recently and because I have mentioned so much about maker and hacker spaces in my new book 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft: Exploring 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting and Milling. I am delighted to publish more information on this topic.
The Emergence of the Maker Movement
MARCH 9, 2015 by CustomMade
The maker movement is made up of some 135 million adults in the U.S., however, it’s more than just a U.S. movement. Maker faires that celebrate the movement have popped up in Japan, Italy, Norway, and Chile. Makers use their skills to craft items such as clothing, baked goods, jewelry, and art; contributing $29 billion to the U.S. economy annually.
From 3D printers to laser cutters—makers employ various tools to create their goods. Many gather at makerspaces where they share these resources. Makerspaces are havens for techies, artists, and entrepreneurs. Through crowdfunding, makers are able to facilitate small-scale funding for these gathering spaces.
Learn more about the maker movement below and how it’s influencing the way we craft.