Hello, my name is Annabelle Green. I’m a senior Crime Scene Investigator during the day and a maker and creator by night. My skills and experiences are varied as I’ve done everything from full house renovations, learning and implementing skills such as plastering, painting, tiling, woodwork and electrical work over the years to dabbling in designing and creating light fixtures, upcycling, re-designing furniture and most recently pottery. Making things and repurposing old things has always been a passion of mine but moving to Canada meant that I couldn't bring many of my tools with me. I had also been looking into becoming part of a community of makers. Makerlabs has provided both of these.
Finding Makerlabs online and then discovering that they run a female residents program spanning 2 months was exactly what I needed. I was in the June/July intake with Rhea, Hanna and Jessie. We took woodwork, laser, metalwork and CNC router as our 4 chosen beginner classes. This allowed me access to all the tools I needed for the woodwork projects I had in mind. I’m still planning on taking the welding class to expand the materials I can work with.
During my residency I have made great progress on projects on my great list of things to make. The problem with learning new skills is how to prioritize the flood of new ideas when there is limited time to spare.
My dream is to be more self sufficient, so my first project was a vertical vegetable garden. Our garden is small and not very sunny with an even darker patio area where I placed the vertical garden. I included grow lights into the structure. So far so good as we’ve been enjoying the yummy produce!
Another project has been a fireplace. I took a hammer to a very ugly existing one and replaced it with a more modern one after several sessions at Makerlabs and a trip to the hospital on my birthday with a broken toe resulting from a large piece of plywood falling on it.
I was planning to incorporate old golf clubs into creating a hat stand, having cut those into sections but I haven’t yet put them to use. I have other projects in mind for the laser and CNC router but need a block of time to realize those. A few other ideas are: a wooden bee house for the garden, designing and making a metal garden bird pool, making a metal and wood coffee table and a metal wood burning stove.
I look forward to continuing with my learning and use of the tools at Makerlabs in years to come being part of a community of makers, innovators and thinkers.