About Us

MakerSpace Studio Director

Catherine Chambers, B.A., M.Ed., M.T. (OCT)., Ph.D. Student

Catherine is our studio director at Let's Make It. She is a researcher, organizational learning course developer and facilitator, and certified teacher with experience in a number of industries and sectors, including: education (university, college, secondary school and early childhood education), technology, financial services, chemical, food service, consulting, and social assistance and employment. Catherine facilitates workshops in Canada and the United States on a variety of topics, including: equity and inclusion, leadership, environmental justice, and entrepreneurship. Her interests in sustainability and community development have been demonstrated through her work on projects in more than 30 municipalities and First Nations communities across Ontario and New Brunswick. She has also worked in the Dominican Republic, Trinidad, South Africa, and with virtual learners in India and Pakistan. 

In 2003, Catherine founded a remote-employment organization and developed employment for individuals who were unable to work outside of their homes. The organization offered online education through distributed learning platforms and matched job seekers to employment opportunities in the United States, England, and Spain. Catherine's expertise in remote-employment and distributed learning also includes experiences with a variety of firms, including JP Morgan Chase in New York City.

Catherine is currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto. She previously graduated from the Master of Teaching (Intermediate-Senior) and the Master of Adult Education (Popular Education and Instructional Technology) programs at the University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). 

Research Interests
Catherine's research interests are linked to her work in anti-racist practice (corporate, public sector and academic), environmental sustainability, and social change.  She is currently researching and writing about:

  • Industrial-Capitalist Institutions
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Licensure for Higher Education Instructors
  • The Future of Work/Workplace Change
  • Innovation within Social Economies
  • Micro-Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development
  • Instructional Technology
  • The Gig Economy

Professional Experience
Catherine has worked with a number of organizations, including:

Oneida Nation of the Thames, Chippewa of the Thames,Microsoft (Seattle), BASF (US and Canada), Korn Ferry (US), CBC-Radio Canada, Mackenzie Financial, London Life, Manulife Financial, CGI, the Ontario Ministry of Health, Indigo, and Harper-Collins.

 

The Maker Movement

What is the Maker Movement?

There was a time in our history when handmade craftsmanship carried its own value. People contributed to their communities as weavers, carvers, growers, brewers and more. Goods were made and bartered with, and pride of usefulness mattered. With the industrial age, goods were able to be made faster and more cheaply. As a result, the way people valued themselves declined.

Now, with the recent economic downturn and the growing concern about environmental sustainability, we are embracing a new age of commerce—the Maker Movement.

Constructivism in a social environment

According to Wikipedia, the “‘Maker Culture’ emphasizes learning-through-doing (constructivism) in a social environment. Maker culture emphasizes informal, networked, peer-led, and shared learning motivated by fun and self-fulfillment.”

Remembering the thrill of handmade projects

We started Let’s Make It in this spirit. As a society, we are moving away from mass production to genuine appreciation of unique, one-of-a kind items. We are passionate about learning, building community and respecting the environment. Re-purposing everyday items helps us keep items out of the landfills. Learning new skills helps adults remember the thrill of handmade projects, and carries forward our in-born drive to create with our own hands.

Memberships

Are you ready to learn something new?

**Interested in a soap making workshop? Let us know if you need a specific time and date, and we’ll do our best to accommodate you! You can also check our calendar to see what we are currently offering**

Our classes are led by knowledgeable artisans who have a passion for creating or upcycling everyday things into works of practicality and art. Our instructors are also very skilled at teaching , so you’ll be learning in a very open and welcoming environment.

Not only will you learn a creative skill, you’ll leave with something tangible you made with your own hands. There is a sense of satisfaction in the creative process, and our goal is to let everyone experience the joy of fulfillment the “Maker Movement” can bring you!

Some of the classes you can enrol in include

  • Handmade gifts

  • Furniture upcycling

  • Card making

  • Mixed Media Photo Transfers (e.g. wood, fabric, glass, etc.)

  • Cupcake decorating

  • Instrument making

  • Wood carving

  • DIY skincare formulation

  • Knitting & crocheting

  • So much more!

Registering for our classes is easy!

Fill in the form to the best of your ability below and we’ll confirm the details. We look forward to seeing you at our classes. We promise a great time and a rewarding end-product that is yours to take home.

Ask us about our mobile workshops — we would be happy to conduct a session at your home or office!

**Interested in a soap making workshop? Let us know if you need a specific time and date, and we’ll do our best to accommodate you! You can also check our calendar to see what we are currently offering**

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