Allison Bartlett is the Director of Community Learning for Do Space
Introduce Yourself! – Who are you and what does your organization do?
I am a fourth generation printer by trade and am currently the owner operator of Timmy’s Treehouse Print Studio. I am also an amateur photographer, model railroad enthusiast, and model designer/builder. I learned how to use a laser cutter at the Do Space in February 2020. When they temporarily closed for the pandemic, I was already “hooked” on laser cutting so decided to buy one for home use. For me, it is the best “creative tool” I’ve ever used. I use Adobe Illustrator to design small architectural type models and put them onto train sets and dioramas. I very much enjoy trying to envision something in my head then use technology to produce something I can actually hold in my hands.
What do you make?
Recreationally – Create small (1:87-1:160) model buildings and dioramas. Professionally – reproduce artwork for gallery and home display.
What are you planning to show at Make Omaha?
Small Model buildings and a home made Halloween themed “N-Scale” train set
What are you looking forward to seeing at Make Omaha from other participants?
CAD design and 3D printing
What tech/maker-type stuff are you interested in getting in the future?
Anything else you’d like to add?
I think the Do Space is one of the most under utilized resources in the city of Omaha. I get frustrated when I hear people say “If I knew how to use “this or that” kind of software or had access to “this or that” type of equipment I could do so many things”. I always reply, “There is someone in town that will teach you and provide access to that equipment FOR FREE! You just need to ask”. They sometimes look at me like I’m wrong. Then I show them what I (an “older guy” with NO formal education) have made. Likely would not have ever even tried these things had I not walked into the Do Space last year. Thank you for being here.