Local maker uses high and low tech tools to bring ideas to life


Maker: Katie Schreyer

Proudest Maker Moment: “Modifying my printer to have a heat bed without instructions (there weren’t any). I figured it all out on my own.”

Katie Schreyer doesn’t think she should have to choose between 3D printing and lacemaking.

“I love making because I love seeing something that I only imagined become real,” says Schreyer. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a piece of lace with a custom design, or a new bracket for a broken shelf.”

Schreyer stumbled across a how-to website on lacemaking several years ago and quickly became enchanted with the history and rich tradition surrounding what she describes as a “dying art”.

“I think it’s valuable to remember how things used to be done, and how beautiful things can be made with the simplest tools,” says Schreyer.

But Schreyer doesn’t discriminate when it comes to the tools she uses to bring her ideas to life. After finding a relatively cheap build-your-own 3D printer kit last year, she jumped head first into the high-tech 3D printing craze.

For Schreyer, it’s about more than just her own making. It’s about showing kids that certain types of making aren’t “just for girls” or “just for boys”.

At Sunday’s DC Mini Maker Faire, expect to see her darting back and forth between the 3D models of miniature scale robots that she and her husband Dustin build together, and the hands-on station where she’ll help visitors try their hands at traditional fiber art.

It might make for a hectic day, but for Schreyer, having the opportunity to share her passion for making is worth it.

“I love the freedom of being able to make pretty much anything myself without depending on someone else to envision, design, and manufacture it.”

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