kristen von minden (dartmouth ‘02 / gsd ‘09) and eve trester-wilson (ut austin ‘03 / ‘04) are two friends trained as architects with a passion for making–but we’re also fierce knitters, furniture fanatics, card makers, DIY enthusiasts, craft lovers, etsy shoppers, apartment therapy blog subscribers, artists, potters, welders, metal sculptors, graphics geeks, calligraphers, independent inventors and avid tinkerers with an interest in community and supporting local business. we are inspired by a few homegrown austin joints like slugfest printshop, clayworks studio/gallery, blue genie art industries, and our friend evan’s weekly shop night.
we wanted a place to pursue our diverse interests and activities independently and to help others do the same–and that’s how we dreamed up MAKEatx, a workshop where creative types can make things happen. MAKEatx is a membership-based workshop where austinites can pursue their diverse interests and activities independently and creatively. the workshop currently houses a powerful and versatile laser cutter capable of cutting, etching, and engraving a wide variety of materials up to 36″ x 24″, brand new computers with the latest design software, ample work space, and as we grow and expand, we will outfit the shop with additional fabrication tools–a cnc router / milling machine capable of cutting or carving 3-dimensional files up to 96″x 48″x 8″, a cnc vinyl cutter, kilns, looms, woodworking tools, sewing machines, and a variety of shop equipment, technology and workspace to help you on your way to finishing that creative school, work or do-it-yourself project you’ve been kicking around.
as designers, we aspire to craft beautiful, unique, playful, and environmentally responsible objects and spaces, and we look forward to continuing our work in austin, texas, a city that welcomes and fosters creativity and independence. as owners and operators of MAKEatx, we hope to provide a thriving and compelling community space: hosting workshops, events, collaborative design projects and a regular artist-in-residence program. it will be a place where a diverse group of thinkers and doers can come together to inspire one another.
nathaniel is a graphic designer in austin and mentally descends from the early bauhaus era. when he is not meticulously kerning letters he works on projects ranging from product design to vector illustration to web design. he lives in the gap between the digital world and the world of raw, unprocessed materials. he might seem kinda quiet, but he is always up for a conversation or quick to answer any questions.
ciara is a BFA candidate for design at the university of texas at austin. her friend shannon admits that “she enjoys a glass of wine and charcuterie every now and again, or all the time, you know.” she loves designing interesting forms from found objects and raw materials and hopes to get better at using her spare time to do it. for now, her focus is scattered among her various interests in design, enjoying the plentiful events in austin and finding the finer things in life.
shannon is a senior in the design program at the university of texas at austin. “she is goofy and likes to dance,” says her good friend, ciara. she really enjoys making, and being at the heart of the process from start to finish. on the daily, she can be seen running around UT, attempting to find the best food in austin, and really just enjoying all things that are good.