How and why did you get involved with Makerologist? Through knowing Clarissa personally, Makerologist has the same vision I shared on wanting to expand the maker philosophy beyond the experts and have projects and space that open the dialogue to an expanded community.
How does your work with Makerologist impact your life? Through Makerologist I have been able to work with Intel and present at several MakerFairs (Bay Area, Portland and Seattle) along with being published because of our installations. This group has also empowered me to continue the work I do in digital fabrication by creating collaboration opportunities. This summer I was able to work with Jen Foxbot on a few fashion runway shows with wearable technology because of the support from Makerologist.
Honoring those who came before us: When was a moment when someone impacted you and made a difference, or got you into what you do now? Luis Fraguada and Marta Male-Alemany are my biggest influences in the work that I do. They were both of my instructors from The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and encouraged all of my crazy ideas in architecture and robotics.
Thinking about specific scenarios/events: When was a moment when you realized you were making an impact? (An aha moment) As a public school teacher, I encourage kids to explore the world of engineering from various perspectives. When I see them have the aha moments, I am right there with them in knowing I am guiding a generation into accessing a type of education I had to go in debt for.
When you look ahead, what is your vision for your work and the community(ies) you work with? I want my work to continue to be flexible in scale but always strive to reach a greater audience in order to curate conversations on how we can come together as a community to empower each other into success.
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Passion Project Efficio Fashion Seattle A Multidisciplinary design studio focused on the collaboration between hand-crafted and digital fabrication. Through the use of various materials: leathers, wood, plastics and metals, Efficio produced products at all scales: Jewelry, bags, clothing, furniture and architectural installations, With the use of 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC routers (at Sodo Makerspace) Efficio is able to experiment with innovation and give clients custom pieces.