First off, ginormous shout out (do we still “shout out”, is that still a thing?) to the cool people at Crafted in Carhartt because though I live in the Portland OR Metro area, I hadn’t heard about ADX until they posted about it. There had been a similar place, in Beaverton I think, but it closed and I was bummed out because I love the idea of community shops.
Apparently I’d forgotten how to Google.
Anyway, this looks awesome and I’m going to check it out in the very near future. Also, Basecamp Brewing is like a block away.
ADX in Portland is a makers’ dream. It’s a 12,000 square foot facility filled with tools, space to work, and other like-minded folks. There’s a wood shop, metal shop, factory floor, and design lab; all equipped for pretty much anything you can dream up. All you have to do is get a membership, much like you would at the gym. That membership gives you access to the space, help from the staff, and the chance to sign up for on site classes. And when you need to a break or a caffeine fix, head on over the the cafe for a pick me up.
Meet Yelena Prusakova. She’s an artist and member at ADX. Take a look as she puts together a frame for a poster in the wood shop. With her background in Industrial and Interaction Design and access to whatever she needs at ADX, Yelena can bring her…
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