Farewell TechShop, and thank you. An open letter to all affected.

Like many, I was surprised and saddened to hear of TechShop’s closing. My name is Nate Bezanson, and I’ve been around i3Detroit since the very early days, back in 2009, before we had a space. Before we were even certain we’d end up in a space! That seems obvious in retrospect, but it might not have happened the way it did if not for TechShop’s influence.

The history of i3Detroit is intertwined with the history of TechShop in several ways, and I think it’s time to tell that story.

I’ll start with perhaps the least obvious aspect: Motivation.

In the spring of 2009, a little group started meeting at the now-defunct Coffee Beanery in Berkley. (It’s now a Firehouse Subs.) Russ Wolfe was inspired by an article in Wired, I had previously spent some time at HacDC, and going around the group, every single person had their own “origin story”, of how we came to believe in the value of the shared workspace. Russ had come up with the “imagine, innovate, inspire” theme and he registered the i3Detroit domain name, but there was no i3Detroit yet, not in a physical sense.

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Manners Make the Man

  • Max. Class Size: 12
  • When: Thursdays, 7 PM
  • Where: i3Detroit Classroom
  • Price: $40/month for all classes
  • Eventbrite: Here
Manners Maketh Man:
Aegis Consulting & Swordsmanship Academy brings i3Detroit a weekly survey of the methods of poise and comportment necessary to present yourself in your own best image. From care of your possessions to dancing and designing a really nice meal, this class will give you the tools and skills to create whatever you you want to be!
Syllabus to be announced soon, this is a multi-month course.

Class is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Members of i3Detroit and the community are warmly welcome.

Eastern Michigan Python User Group (EMPUG) Meetup

Do you love Python? Come meet with like-minded people on the third Saturday of each month, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, in the i3Detroit Classroom.

 

 

Resin Painting Art Class

Painting With Epoxy Resin Workshop
When: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 1-4 pm
Where: i3Detroit
Who: 6 students max
Cost: $30/Student
Tickets here!

What:
Epoxy resin is not a well-known artistic medium. Epoxy resin is used in 2d paintings as well as sculptures. The amazing, unique properties of epoxy resin offers an infinite number of combinations and outcomes when adding color to the resin.

Mixing resin with various color mediums such as acrylic paint, inks, and pigment powder tend to create various ways in which the colored resins interact with each other on a canvas. The resin also allows for a multitude of layers to evolve as it cures. These layers add incredible depth to the painting, making the painting more than just a two dimensional piece of art.

Students will learn various resin art techniques. The students will create their own 8 1/2 x 11 inch canvas resin artwork to take home.

 

Miniature Painting Class/Meetup 11/17/2017

Alec and Swit are offering a miniature painting workshop 7 – 10 pm November 17, 2017. Come learn how to paint cool gaming miniatures for games like D&D, Warhammer, or just make you favorite board game a little fancier.  The paint is non-toxic acrylic. It will stain clothes.
10 People Maximum.
 $5 material fee.
Paints, brushes, and pallets will be available. A few miniatures will be available for $3-5 or bring your own. You are welcome to bring your own kit but we’ll still ask for the material fee to cover permanent painting supplies for the i3Detroit classroom.