South London Makerspace

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by Crispy, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Did you manage to get it with a decent length lease on it?
     
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  2. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Yep, 3 years. Should outgrow it by then :)
     
  3. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

  4. moon

    moon Happy Happy Jo Wonderland

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  5. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Only vaguely. They don't really go out of their way to introduce themselves very much. Exchanged a few emails with some of them. Friendly bunch, but it seems rather insular.
     
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  6. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All



    And we're off!
     
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  7. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    Congrats!
     
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  8. rich!

    rich! stalin tache

    I was up at one of the manufacturing catapult centres last week, and they mentioned they have some obsolete hardware in the corners they might like to get off the balance sheet by donating it to someone. I think the 20kW laser is off the list, but if they've got industrial robots/milling machines/... who should I point them at?
     
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  9. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    i can make nothing but this sounds wonderful - good luck with the project
     
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  10. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    emails to trustees@southlondonmakerspace.org will reach myself and 4 others
     
  11. iamwithnail

    iamwithnail Well-Known Member

    Cool, had no idea about this! :) this is just opposite the park, right? Round from what was cafe Provençal? Awesome stuff. Just as I'm starting to do more with electronics. :)
     
  12. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Yep - the entrance gate is next door to Costcutter. While we're doing the fit-out, we're meeting in the Florence on Wednesdays for a social evening. You'd be welcome to join us :)
     
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  13. 19sixtysix

    19sixtysix Life as viewed from a Gay Gorbals Garret

    Must get down and do some graft. Don't want to feel guilty turning up after it's all done but my shift work precludes most evenings and weekends. Might have a few hours to spare on Thursday if there is likely to be anyone there?
     
  14. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    We're holding tonight's social in the new space. This is the last chance to check it out before we start the construction works, so if you want to see it in the raw state, and see our plans, come on down. There will be freshly brewed beer from our neighbours at Canopy Beer, and pizza. From 7pm, in the railway arch directly behind Costcutter on Norwood Road :)
     
  15. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    Thanks for the invite! it was good to meet you at long last and the other makers. Loved the beer too. You are an interesting group and I wish you every success in doing up the arch.

    I look forward to Makerspace and Herne Hill Stitch and Bitch doing something collaborative in the future. I put the general idea of
    sewing bees, workshops, skill sharing, to the stitchers in the Effra Social afterwards and they were very enthusiastic.

    to be continued....
     
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  16. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

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    Forgot to mention this earlier, but right now, we're holding an open day at our new space. There's 3D printing and a BBQ, beer and bricklaying. Come on down! (I'm not there myself, mind :D)

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  17. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    What a shame I missed it! I've always wanted a go at bricklaying. Hope it all went well and the space is shaping up.
     
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  18. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Been a while since I bumped this. We've made good progress on the space and hope to get a load done this weekend. Everyone is welcome to come down and lend a hand. If you know which end of a hammer to hold, you're qualified :)

    http://southlondonmakerspace.org/2015/01/29/make-the-space-weekend/

    We'll finish the lining



    And start on the floor

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    Finger crossed we'll get to a "minimum viable" state by the end of Feb so we can take delivery of our laser cutter :)
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2015
  19. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    ooo looks exciting
     
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  20. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

  21. el-ahrairah

    el-ahrairah forward communism, forward gerbils!

    well done! looking good so far.
     
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  22. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    So it turns out we have a local makerspace, but it costs £40/ month to belong.

    Is this normal? I guess the running costs aren't cheap.

    Also do makerspaces generally provide facilities to work with fabric, or is it a bit more hardcore than that?
     
  23. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    I talked with them about getting Herne Hill Stitch and Bitch down there to do something when they are up and running.
    They seemed open to ideas - but all details are still to be discussed.

    What sort of thing are you interested in?
     
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  24. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    I guess everything from very soft sewing, making clothes, cushions etc through to slightly more "makery" stuff such as working with imitation leather and stuff.

    I'm not in South London though.
     
  25. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    £40 is expensive. We currently charge £20 and are just about breaking even. If you're on benefits or low pay, we can arrange a discount. Other spaces are cheaper, or more expensive still.

    It does depend a lot on what sort of facilities and services are on offer. There's a makerspace in Cambridge for example, which charges £100, but in return they have a lot of sophisticated tools and equipment, and permanent staff to maintain them. Other spaces operate on a pay-what-you-want basis. London Hackspace does this, but the result is hundreds and hundreds of people paying a fiver, while a handful of high-payers carry the weight. It's a long-running debate with many valid arguments on all sides.

    The standard answer is "Makerspace is for whatever its members want it to be for"

    That said, we do intend to try and broaden our appeal beyond the (by now rather standard) 3D printing, laser cutting, electroncis and computing side of things. We recently put a shopping list together for a funding application (should hear back about that soon) which included an overlocker and a computerised embroidery machine, also screen printing equipment. We already have a bog-standard sewing machine. Ultimately, the members decide how we spend the money, so why not join and add your voice? :)

    EDIT: We also have an A1 printer which is great for printing patterns for clothes

    EDITEDIT: Oh, you're not local :(
     
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  26. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Scum with no integrity, apparently.

    I was a member of Hackspace in Hackney and the monthly sub was only £5. That may be though because they are more established and have more members?
     
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  27. rich!

    rich! stalin tache

    Where did you apply to, out of interest?
     
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  28. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Have PM'd you
     
  29. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    They were able to set their minimum this low because they got very lucky with their first premises, which were very cheap. When they moved to their 2nd home, they nearly went under but the generoisty of their core membership pulled them through. Eventually their rapid growth into the hundreds of members got them the cash flow to be self-sufficient. They've got over a thousand members now. It's too big, IMO.

    EDIT: London's gone mental in the intervening time. Lots of industrial property and random backstreet derelicts are being sold off for flats all over the place. The remaining scraps get snapped up quickly. A railway arch is not just all we could afford - it's all we could find.
     
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  30. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Scum with no integrity, apparently.

    I hear you crispy and suspected as much. In truth, I believe many memebers, like me before, visit infrequently but have/had a DD set up so we didn't notice the £5 going out each month even if we didn't attend or use the space. :)
     
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