A Path to Follow / by Stephen Bontly

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The past couple of blog posts I have talked about my experience leaving Albuquerque and moving to Berlin. One thing I haven't addressed is what am actually doing out here. I picked up just a little over 100 pounds of stuff,  or in metric terms, which I am still getting used to, a bit over 45 kg, and hauled it overseas. When we got here, we fortunately had a place to call home, allowing us to focus on things that mattered.

Within the first month, life consisted of getting our bearing straight, finding the best markets to buy food, living essentials and everything that I couldn't bring from home that I need to live a productive. From bikes to computer screens, and multiplexer chips to soldering irons to projectors, I built the workshop that I use today. It was definitely not an over night experience, and I still have a lot to acquire to reach my full potential, however, I am at a place to start production of 'making'. 

Making, for me, consists of prototyping, digital production, coding, soldering, fabricating, hoarding (for those that remember my previous projects, just specifics these days!), and obviously learning. Below the photo essay, you will find a copy of the maker's credo. Check it out!

Over time I have realized the need for cross-disciplinary cooperation. To complete my tasks I find myself using 4 or 5 different software programs as well as digital and analog fabrication. I can honestly say, without knowledge of a variety of disciplines, my work would not and could not reach the highest level of creativity. Whether it is Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or InDesign, Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, 3DS Max, Processing, Arduino, or Arena, a process and combination is well thought out.

My days are spent working in my self made workshop... Not quite as complete as a maker's shed, but on its way. For the most part I can make what I need here during development and then continue to the local fabrication lab (www.fablab-berlin.org) to complete tasks that involve laser cutting, CNC operation and 3D printing. I buy my electronics from a local shop called Segor electronics (www.segor.de), where I can find any components needed to make anything involving interactive design with Arduino.

I have compiled random pictures I have taken, sent through Snapchat to friends or posted on Instagram, to show the evolution of my space. I will be posting projects as they start to come up :-) 

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The Maker's Credo:

1) Everyone is a maker.
2) Our world is what we make it. 
3) If you can imagine it, you can make it. 
4) If you can’t open it, you don’t own it. 
5) We share what we make, and help each other make what we share. 
6) We see ourselves as more than consumers—we are productive; we are creative. 
7) Makers ask, “What can I do with what I know?” 
8) The divisions between subjects like math and art and science dissolve when you are making things. Making is an interdisciplinary endeavor.
9) It’s all right if you fail, as long as you use it as an opportunity to learn and to make something better. 
10) We’re not about winners and losers. We’re about everyone making things better. 
11) We help one another do better. Be open, inclusive, encouraging and generous in spirit. 
12) We celebrate other Makers — what they make, how they make it and the enthusiasm and passion that drives them.

Stay tuned World.