A space for makers in South Lake Union

WHO: Jeremy Hanson (Maker/Founder) and Joy Gerhard (Designer/Founder) of Seattle Makers.

THE STORY: Seattle Makers can be a little tough to find — tucked between Glazers Camera Rentals and the new 99 tunnel. But once you’ve climbed the stairs and stepped inside, the maker space can be even more difficult to leave.

Jeremy was working a day job around the corner at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, building a hydroponic garden by night (as you do), when he decided to make tinkering his full-time gig. Jeremy, Joy and Ruth launched Seattle Makers in 2017, and they’ve worked to build a community of builders, sewers, designers, and makers ever since.

While the list of tools available is pretty impressive—yes, they have multiple 3D printers for you 3D-printing nerds out there—Joy says the best part is the opportunity for creative collaboration.    

QUOTABLE: “Everything we do here is epic. Especially our mistakes,” Jeremy says

FUN FACT: One group of intrepid artists used the space to create a herd of four-foot-tall seahorses. Why? Burning Man, of course.

CHECK IT OUT: They’ve got courses and memberships available for all skill levels, but if you’re not ready to commit, keep an eye out next time you’re walking around the neighborhood: Jeremy is distributing free cardboard model biplane kits.

By Eric Keto
Eric is a video producer based in Seattle, Washington.