DIY Trunk Show and Thirty Times a Minute

We at Edgewater Workbench had quite the eventful day on Saturday! It started off with an Intro to 3D Printing for Kids class, then all day at the DIY Trunk Show, and we ended with a great party celebrating local artist Colleen Plumb's public art project Thirty Times a Minute!

We partnered with George B. Swift Elementary School to 3D print designs middle school students created to display at our joint table at the DIY Trunk Show.

After the show, we welcomed a group of over 50 supporters of local artist Colleen Plumb for a talk and reception for her current project Thirty Times a Minute. Colleen has been projecting her video about elephants in captivity on the exteriors of buildings around the city. Last night she projected the video on the side of the Broadway Armory, and hosted a talk about her process with creating the project. Find out where she's projecting next on her website, thirtytimesaminute.com.

DIY Trunk Show at the Broadway Armory - Saturday, Nov. 22

We are a proud sponsor of this weekend's DIY Trunk Show at the Broadway Armory! Supporting artists and creative entrepreneurs is at the heart of our work, so it was a natural fit for us to support this event!

 Edgewater Workbench in Chicago is a sponsor of the DIY Trunk Show craft artisan handmade DIY

DIY Trunk Show
Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 am - 5 pm
Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway
Free!

The DIY Trunk Show, Chicago’s largest one-day indie craft fair now in its 11th year, kicks off holiday shopping with more than 130 local vendors selling handmade, one-of-a-kind items. Unique jewelry, ceramics, paper goods, bags and purses and even pet accessories are among the many items that will be available for sale in addition to free hands-on workshops and “make and take” jewelry projects.

Two of our retail artists, Hobo Thoreau Greetings and The Impossible Winterbourne, will have booths there, as well as other artists we have worked with in the past. 

To showcase and support young artists, the DIY Trunk Show has also partnered this year with local George B. Swift Elementary School—a pre-K to 8th grade school with a fine and performing arts magnet program—in a student mini-design competition. We are 3D printing winning entries and which will be sold alongside other student artwork at the Friends of Swift booth, located upstairs near the food.

All attendees 21+ will receive a FREE beer courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery and Lagunitas Brewing Company while supplies last. Wishbone will be providing southern comfort food and non-alcoholic drinks and CHIRP radio will be spinning on-site.

Custom Fabrication: Edgewater 5k Medallions

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and 48th Ward Ald. Harry Osterman recently held the first annual Edgewater 5k. We were proud to donate laser cut wooden award medallions for the race winners!

This was a fun project for a great cause. We look forward to partnering with other race producers in the future.

Good Times at Olive in Motion Pop-Up Park and Market

We had a great time last Friday at eco-Andersonville's Olive in Motion Pop-Up Park and Market! Despite a brief bout of rain, it was a beautiful night. There were bocce, bags, live gypsy jazz, and tamales!

We brought one of our Makerbots with us and did some 3D printing demonstrations. 

 Ally Brisbin of Edgewater Workbench gives and 3D printing demonstration at Eco-Andersonville's Olive in Motion Pop-Up Park and Market.

It was great to meet Andersonville residents, hang out in the street, and enjoy an evening al fresco!

Edgewater Chamber of Commerce Laser Cut Stencils

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for their big annual street festival, EdgeFest. They were looking for ways to highlight local vendors at the festival, and asked us to create a large stencil they could use to make a spray chalk logo in front of Edgewater businesses' tents on the street. They also asked for a smaller stencil to use for other branding purposes.

 Laser cut stencils fabricated by Edgewater Workbench on the northside of Chicago

The Chamber sent us a vector file of their logo, we made a few quick changes to make it stencil-friendly, and sent to the laser cutter!

Here's a photo of their first test spray in front of the Chamber's office. We can't wait to see it in action at EdgeFest next weekend!

 Laser cut stencil fabricated by Edgewater Workbench in northside Chicago