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Makeshift Society: BROOKLYN!

When I was out in San Francisco over the summer, I went to visit Makeshift Society, the clubhouse/coworking space for creative people that Rena (who I totally want to be when I grow up), Victoria and Suzanne opened up last year. It’s a really, really cool space, and it immediately made me feel envious of the people who get to hang out (and, you know, work) there. A large part of the reason why I prefer working in an office environment over being at home on my sofa is that for all my anti-social tendencies, I really do thrive in the company of other likeminded people.

At Makeshift Society SF, a really nice little coworking community has come together. Aside from desk space, there’s a kitchen, a private conference room, a book lending library, bikes…even a loft space for napping if the need arises, something I often wish for at my own job. They offer classes of all kinds, too! (Seriously, look at that schedule — I want to take them ALL.)

Photo by Makeshift Society member Sarah Deragon

See what a nice place this is to sit and work? So nice. But also really, really far from Brooklyn. But guess what? MAKESHIFT SOCIETY IS COMING TO BROOKLYN! The Makeshift team has joined up with Bryan Boyer (who wears really nice shirts), and they’ve rented an amazing (and HUGE!) space in Williamsburg to call home. In addition to all of the great stuff that’s going on in San Francisco, the Brooklyn location will be expanded to include a lending library of all kinds of tools, from cameras to sewing machines to editing software.

And yes, there will be CLASSES! And a maker-in-residence program! It’s going to be great. Even though I work in an office, I’m really looking forward to becoming a part of Makeshift’s classes and events, and maybe even sneaking some evening freelance hours in there as well.

In order to get the whole operation up and running by early 2014, Makeshift is running a Kickstarter campaign to get things off the ground successfully. These folks know what they’re doing and how to make shi(f)t happen, but they need a helping hand. The AMAZING news is that they just crossed their funding goal (!!!), but you can absolutely still donate some bucks for the next 24 hours…even if you don’t live in Brooklyn.

Check out the plans for the space below, take a look at the details on the Kickstarter page, and watch the video at the top of this post. Then maybe go fork over a few clams! We’re down to the very last day of funding, so get in there while you can.

p.s. There are great incentive rewards being offered when you donate, like punchcards for classes or a really nice tote bag designed by Lisa Congdon. (Yeah, that’s what I chose — you know I’m all about tote bags.)


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  • Reply Victoria Smith October 30, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    you’re so awesome. and this is an awesome post for an awesome group of people. xo

    • Anna @ D16 October 30, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      AWESOME! x

  • Reply rena October 31, 2013 at 12:12 am

    ANNA! you are the best. and i’m going to make you give talks after we open, because you are excellent at it, my dear. xo

  • Reply Mariane October 31, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Wow, I have major makeshift envy right now, please come to Montréal!!

  • Reply Ali McKellar October 31, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Love it! There is one opening in Perth, Western Australia next month. Normally we’re years behind anything that happens in NYC, but slowly things are changing!

  • Reply mommy October 31, 2013 at 10:42 am

    This is a fantastic idea! After 17 years as a graphic designer isolated in my home office, I can easily imagine the benefits of a place like Makeshift. I wish them the best of luck with their Brooklyn venture!

  • Reply Hilsy October 31, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    That’s amazing! I wish I lived close enough to a Makeshift space, and also really want that polka dot dress that the typewriiter gal is wearing in the video. 🙂

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