IMRC FabLab represented at Haystack’s annual Art Schools Collaborative

Over the last weekend, September 21-24, the world-renowned Haystack Mountain School of Crafts hosted its annual Art Schools Collaborative retreat and conference for graduate and undergraduate students of the arts. Two students from UMaine’s Intermedia MFA delegation are also Grad Assistants in our FabLab, and had the opportunity to compare notes with the impressive facilities at Haystack, as well as with maker lab folks from other schools in New England.

Arturo Camacho represented the IMFA’s first year cohort, and also runs the equipment rental program in the IMRC and works as a lab tech in the FabLabs. Ali Champlin attended as a 3rd year thesis student and is also a project manager and lab tech here in the FabLabs. The sort of networking and camaraderie that is available at events like Haystack’s ASC conference is a great resource, and helps build connections not only between regional schools and students, but also between labs similar to ours.

In addition to networking, Arturo and Ali attended workshops in metalsmithing, intentional drawing, and a mushroom foray, and heard well over 70 presentations by fellow attendees and keynote speakers.

Now that we’ve made connections and had the chance to turn some new makers on to the awesome facilities we have here at the IMRC, we’ll look forward to seeing some of our new friends when they visit!