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,

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

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.

3D Printing with My Block, My Hood, My City

This weekend, we welcomed teens from the west side of Chicago to participate in an Intro to 3D Printing Class.

Jahmal Cole with My Block, My  Hood, My City at Edgewater Workbench in Chicago for a 3D printing class for under served teenagers.

The group came as part of a neighborhood exploration trip with My Block, My Hood, My City. MBMHMC introduces Chicagoans to places in the city they have never seen or experienced. Led by Chatham-based community activist Jahmal Cole, MBMHMC aims to take teenagers outside their comfort zones so they can see what Chicago has to offer, to experience a different perspective that will awaken ownership and pride in them.

If you are interested in arranging a special class for your community organization or business, email us at