The first thing I thought of when I awoke too early this morning to one of my cats* sneezing on my face was: Today is the day! Fab Lab ABQ, the magnificent and mind-blowing new digital fabrication laboratory, is opening. Officially. Which means that between now and 7:00p, you can come observe all of its many wonders, and speak to the visionaries behind them, and connect with other Albuquerqueans who are as interested in the world of fabulous fabrication as you are.
I, myself, am doing these very things at this very moment. Not exactly at this moment, because I am typing this blog (that's right. Live coverage, because the Alibi is just that dedicated to providing you with hot-off-the-keyboard reporting. Plus my editor** is just that thoughtful about how we can best, most thrillingly use our blogging capabilities. Particularly, how we can use them to continue the train of thought from the articles we write in advance of these things to the things themselves to the broad reverberations the things have thereafter.) But I was doing those things just a moment ago. And will be just a moment from now. And the community, both existing and taking shape, I'm witnessing is beautiful. Really beautiful.
Just like the things that Fab Labbers have created recently. Which are, in addition to the magical 3D printers and other crazy fabrication tools we tried to explain to you in said article - which happens to be hanging on the North wall here (see photo if you don't believe me), are here and waiting for you to examine them. Chandeliers made via plasma cutter. And pillows made by Women EARN (formerly Women's Design Collective). And architectural models made by those 3D printers. And much, much more.***
And just like the little children who, in their endearingly curious tones, are asking how to make LED-lit flowers out of translucent purple and sheer gold pieces of cloth. And like Lisa Kondo, Fab Lab ABQ co-founder, who is showing them that the flowers are "soft sculptures," and making the petals hand in hand to illustrate the process.
And just like the long rectangular cards, hand-cut by another Fab Lab ABQ co-founder Karole Mazeika (again, if you don't believe me, see the photo), that announce on technicolor card stock the upcoming workshops that will take place here. And which you can attend, if you come by today to sign up or call in to make arrangements. Judging by the attendance at the open house, you'll probably want to do it soon... Because I suspect they're going to fill up quickly. Because they are really cool. Case in point:
Wordpress 101: Taught by co-founder Grady Jaynes, slated for Saturday May 1 at 10:00a. Promises that within the first hour, you'll have a website. Which you'll personalize in the second hour. And learn how to maintain in the third. You might be thinking, oh I bet that's a trillion dollars. Not so. Only $40!
Fashion Hacking: Taught by the previously mentioned Lisa Kondo and LED expert Tanda Headrick, president of Vanguard Technology Corp. Combines tailoring tools, sewing techniques, soldering, conductive thread and LED's in the first class (Saturday, May 1 at 2:00p). And transforms to v2.0 in the second class (Sunday, May 2 at 2:00p). Each session is $20 + a materials fee.
Laser Intro: Taught by co-founders Kenji Kondo and Karole Mazeika. As suggested by its title, introduces you to safety/strategies of using a laser. Yes, a laser. You'll also meet "inkscape fundamentals." And will have the chance to prototype. And will leave with a fabricated object. M. A. D. N. E. S. S. $40 + materials.
You can also become a member. The structure of that is not complicated, but entails more information than I want to convey right now. Because I want to go eat another cupcake (see ***) and talk to more people and look at more amazing things that I don't wholly understand. Hope to see you here. Soon.
* One of my two cats. Contrary to what some believe, I neither have a thousand cats, nor am I completely nuts.
** The inimitable Ms. Erin Adair-Hodges, who is going to be sad she wasn't here today. But is probably doing something cool like riding her tandem bike. Or something terrible like grading a bunch of student papers. I am hoping for the former. For her sake.
*** Including cupcakes that are made with organic ingredients - and use, almost universally, Agave instead of sugar. These delicious treats are the trademark of Tami Maimarinsek's Heart Healthy Cakes, a participating (culinary) artist in the aforementioned Women EARN program. Tami takes orders. And I assure you, you want to place one. Call her, (505) 934-1762, to do so.