There are a few ways to cope with Austin’s summer heat. You can disappear into an air conditioned cave, consume/submerge in liquids, or simply embrace the heck out of it. At Women.Design.Build, it means doing all of the above, all while simultaneously learning a new skill and meeting some awesome folks.
In the beginning of June, our Deck Building 101 workshop brought together 10 women and 1 awesome instructor (and her adorable baby) under the Texas sun to build a deck completely from scratch. Later in the month, we celebrated the release of Women.Design.Brew (a tasty Hops & Grain pale lager) by etching pint glasses with MAKEatx’s sweet laser cutter.
As the temperature increased in the month of July, we decided to make it even hotter by holding a Glass Sculpting workshop with the ladies of East Side Glass Studio. First, the glass was liquified in a 2000 degree furnace. Once the glass was soft and malleable, we cut it with metal shears, which created in an abstract glass rock.
Photos taken by Laura Feeney: www.lauramakes.com
Then, in the middle of July, we launched our Handy.Women program in partnership with Saint Louise House: an organization whose mission is to provide affordable housing to formerly homeless single moms and their children. We brought in Samantha Hurst, a wonderful leader and cabinet installer, to teach the moms how to use tools and tackle maintenance projects. Over 3 weeks, the moms learned the names & uses of basic tools and practiced how to properly fix wobbly table legs and adjust cabinet doors. The program culminated in picnic table installation project, which were built completely by the moms. At the end of the program, everyone received their own tool bag, which was very generously donated by McCoy's Building Supply. One mom replied in her feedback form: “Excellent teachers, I think they have great energy, thank you to them. I believe I am transformed".
Now, for the August lineup. On August 4th, we’re holding a Blend & Brew workshop with Texas Coffee Traders where everyone will blend their own coffee and learn some iced coffee brewing techniques. Then, on August 23rd, we’ll be making custom made lanterns with artist Agustina Rodriguez of Agi Miagi, a company that crafts cleverly designed light fixtures with corrugated cardboard.
If you’d like to join us on our journey of having fun, learning something new, and beating or (even better) embracing the heat, then visit our events page, womendesignbuild.hourschool.com/explore, or email Christina, email@example.com to learn more.