Jane and Graham Carter have owned and operated their own custom jigsaw puzzle business, Up in Pieces, since 2003.
A realization that the puzzle business was slowing down a little, plus a collection of cool tools and equipment they weren’t using, inspired the Carters to open UP MakerSpace, a new maker space in Garden City.
UP MakerSpace is hosting an opening celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at 4688B Chinden Blvd. in Garden City.
On Friday, visitors will be able to play with clay, make an ornament, take a shop tour, see demos, vie for prizes and learn more about available classes and shop rates.
“It will be low-key, mostly informational and a nice evening to meet other people,” said Jane Carter, who describes herself as a “tinker.”
The new maker space will have offerings for those with fine art interests from pottery to photography and framing as well as those whose interests tend toward the technical, such as 3D printing, robotics and more.
The new space includes lots of open work tables and a green wall to act as a green screen for video production.
“We’re hoping to create a community where people can meet other makers. No matter what they make,” Carter said.
She’s also hoping the new space will inspire collaborations. One example could be visual artists looking for people to help “light up their projects” or add electronics to their pieces.
Carter is putting the schedule together now for classes that will begin in early January, including the basics of digital photography such as “learning the basics of what your camera can do,” and more.
“We want people to learn to use the equipment so they can come in and work on their own,” said Carter.
UP MakerSpace will also host a game night every Friday where people can bring board games and hang out. Once a month, the shop will host a night for those 21 and older when they can bring a beer and work on a themed project for the night.
The maker space will be membership-based. Classes will be free for members. Non-members are welcome, but will pay a fee.
Call 208-488-1173 for more information.