Earlier this year, Dremel started taking applications for its “Makers-in-Residence” program, an initiative meant to support makers who exhibit a passion for creativity and a do-it-yourself ethos. People from all walks of life were invited to apply for a chance to win the title of ‘Chief Maker’ and a prize package of Dremel tools worth more than $5,000. Last week at World Maker Faire in New York, the winners were announced, and they’re an impressive group.
In addition to the prize package, these makers will get support from Dremel in turning their workbench creations into marketable products.
The Dremel Makers-in-Residence program started with a call for entries, and the five winners were chosen from a field of 217 applicants. Here they are:
Haley Yurkow | New Albany, MS
- Haley is the artisan behind Mississippi Mojo, which creates custom hand-etched glass objects.
- She has worked on a variety of glass objects, from casserole dishes and barware to picture frames and antique windows.
- Haley is also very active in her community as an advocate and leader for various art programs and festivals.
Celina Muire | Austin, TX
- Celina is a woodworker and pyrographer (someone who produces designs on wood, leather, or other materials by using heated tools or a fine flame.)
- She makes utility goods like spoons, cutting boards, knifes and muddlers, as well as art pieces that include headboards, and wall hangings.
- Celina also does a lot of commissions with individuals and local businesses and is a big advocate for the Maker Movement in Austin.
Keith Hahn | Buffalo, WY
- Keith creates furnishings and art, using iron and wood. He specializes in high-end custom log furniture, and decorative ironwork, with focus on fine finishes.
- Keith lives in the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains, which never fail to give him inspiration. As a result, a lot of his work is modeled after colors and textures found in nature.
Sean Harrington | Woodland Hills, CA
- Sean creates puppets, theatrical props (large & small), and rewires old analog devices for digital interaction.
- Sean is driven by the desire to improve how humans interact with the tools and machines in their daily lives. He likes using technology and engineering to make someone’s job easier, ideally giving them more leisure time to create things of their own.
Shaun Crockett | Roeland Park, KS
- Shaun started making as a young boy building everything from bird houses to ninja weapons. Now he continues with more grown-up things like home remodeling, but still takes time to indulge in more unique projects like knife making or engine building.
- Shaun’s work is inspired by technology and his desire to bridge the digital and physical worlds.
- He also has a unique vantage point as he combines the processes of art and engineering into his works.
This post is sponsored by Dremel.