A conversation with Jessi Taylor, organizer of Delaware’s first makers’ organization, Barrel of Makers:
When was Barrel of Makers founded? What was the idea behind it?
In September 2012 we decided to hold informational sessions to see if the idea of a makers’ club was something our community would be interested in, and we had a good response. Our initial meetings were held in different libraries and other community centers such as the Creative Vision Factory. Then we started holding classes in libraries and parks — anywhere we could find a space large enough — to link passionate makers. Most people join Barrel of Makers to work together, either collaboratively on a joint project, or side by side, gaining inspiration from one another. Some of these people are engineers by day and work with electronics as a hobby by night. The makers who do this do it because they really love it and they want to share and teach. This past September we went to the World Maker Faire New York and won a red ribbon for Best in Class in the Interactive category with our Giant Lite-Brite project, which is now on display at the Chris White Gallery.