Houston Makerspace (HMS) has announced that it has secured a physical location at 100 Hutcheson Street in East Downtown Houston and will be hosting fun “cleaning parties” to get the space all ready to bring in their equipment. The space will house shop areas, providing workspace for those interested in jewelry fabrication, printing, prototyping, carpentry, metal work and textiles. HMS plans to have a wood shop, metal shop, rapid prototyping lab (which includes a laser cutter and 3D printers), textiles and sewing lab, screenprinting studio, jewelry shop, commercial kitchen, coworking space and artists studios.
If you haven’t heard of Makerspace, it’s only because it moves much more quickly than most of us. Just this spring, the website and Facebook page were set up, get-togethers and classes have been held, a successful crowdfunding campaign was launched and now it has 21,000 square feet of space. On the Indiegogo campaign site, founder Maclean Smyth explained: “When I moved back to Houston from San Francisco in 2012, I started looking for places where I could have access to the resources that came so easily to me on the West Coast. The more I dug, the more I found Houston lacking. However, the more I dug, the more people I found that shared my need and my passion for making.”
HMS is a membership-based facility, similar to a gym; you can come take classes without being a member, but members are the only ones that get to use the space outside of class. The original breakdown of membership fees listed on the Indiegogo site seemed quite reasonable for those anxious to have access to equipment and workshops, but the membership info on the current website simply states, “Coming Soon—Stay Tuned!”
For more information, to join the mailing list, to volunteer, or to inquire about teaching classes, contact [email protected].