Katie Bechtold (center, right) and Elizabeth Smith (far right) promote “Spanning Tree” , a new DC-based makerspace for women, at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.
Maker: Erica Stratton
Proudest Maker Moment: “The time I 3D printed a ring and had it fit on the first try!”
Erica Stratton’s mom didn’t call it “making”, but her DIY know-how had a big influence on Stratton’s identity as a maker.
“I learned all of my basic handyman skills from her, as well as how to mix watercolors, sew, and manipulate needle-nose pliers to make jewelry or fix electronics,” says Stratton.
But as an adult, finding the right place to make wasn’t easy. Either the space didn’t have what she was looking for, or she didn’t feel completely at ease.
Enter Spanning Tree, a new DC-based makerspace that bills itself as a “feminist community workshop where members can work on projects in a comfortable, welcoming environment.”
According to Stratton, Spanning Tree is different from similar spaces because they define “making” in a way that’s much broader—from 3D printing and laser cutting to sewing and other handicrafts.
Most importantly, Spanning Tree feels like a good fit.
“I feel like I don’t have to hide my roots, and feel more comfortable asking questions in a space like this,” says Stratton.
Representatives from Spanning Tree will showcase member-made items and answer questions at Sunday’s DC Mini Maker Faire.