Seattle Makers

Seattle Makers is a makerspace located in South Lake Union, Seattle.  We are a group of makers creating a community and a space that provides all the knowledge and tools to make your ideas a reality.  Whether you’re a long-time maker, in a specialized field looking to expand, or just curious, you are welcome to join us!  The only thing better than designing and crafting projects is contributing the skills to others.  We strive to provide tools and education to an ever expanding group of makers, student, and businesses, by creating a world-class fabrication and teaching facility that is accessible to all.

Learn more about our mission, goals, team, and history below.

Become a Member

Anyone can join Seattle Makers Collective.  Join today to take advantage of our unique space and tools.

Take a Class

Take advantage of the wealth of knowledge at Seattle Makers Collective – whether you’re a beginner or a pro.

See the Space

We are constantly adding more tools and machinery to the facility.  Find out what you’ll have access to as a member.

Our Mission

To spread the maker movement and the skills for the jobs of the future to an ever expanding community of makers, students, and businesses, by creating a world-class fabrication and teaching facility that is accessible to all.

Our Goals
  1. create a sustainable, community-supported makerspace.
  2. provide the best place for making. Period.  Well maintained and organized tools, expert instructors, and classes.
  3. collaborate with local companies to create inspiring collaboration projects and events
  4. provide cutting-edge technology to everyone
The Team
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Jeremy Hanson

Our fearless founder, head fabricator, and generator of unlimited accents, Jeremy’s passion is what brought the team together.  Read more about Jeremy’s inspiration for Seattle Makers and his background below.

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Ruth Gerhard

Ruth is a connector extraordinaire, a passionate proponent of people realizing their dreams, and a voracious reader.  Odds are if we recommend a book, Ruth has read it and loved it and wants EVERYONE to read it.  Ruth has worked as a licensed massage therapist, barista, receptionist, and has four years of advanced team building and communications training.

Our Origin Story

A scientist, a microbiologist, and a wine maker gather around a table… no it’s not the beginning of a joke, but the dinner table at Jeremy Hanson’s childhood home—and the spark that led the former Fred Hutch technician to create Seattle Makers, the Seattle-based group creating a community and a space to make makers ideas a reality.

As lead fabricator and founder of the newly launched Seattle Makers makerspace, Jeremy is on a mission “to spread the maker movement and the skills for the jobs of the future to an ever expanding community of makers, students and businesses, by creating a world-class fabrication and teaching facility that is accessible to all.”

Jeremy’s Beginnings

Armed with a biology degree from the University of Washington, Jeremy went to work at Fred Hutch as a technician. While he enjoyed the benefits of working for the renowned health organization, he felt unfulfilled and began looking for side projects to fuel his creative side.

“I taught myself 3D modeling, Photoshop and graphic design, and started volunteering for graphic design projects within the organization,” explains Jeremy.

Despite the creative work, Jeremy still felt limited and, in true maker spirit, started several side projects, including an iPad case, a sign language app, and a home use hydroponic garden. While product development was successful, Jeremy learned that he had limited knowledge in manufacturing, marketing and sales, and these early projects fizzled out. His creative drive, however, only got stronger.

As Jeremy worked on his side projects, he discovered the concept of co-working makerspaces, first designing and working out of a makerspace in Fremont, then working and volunteering in the SoDo Makerspace after the Fremont space shut down.

“Through these experiences, I realized that I didn’t want to build a business around a product, but work with other innovators to help them make their products and dreams a reality.”

At the time Jeremy made this realization, he decided to move his maker desk to a co-working space for non-profits, NonprofitLeader.org, located at the former site of the School of Visual Concepts on Aurora Ave. At this space he started to ponder what the ideal makerspace would be – then set out to create it.

“At the time I was thinking about building a co-working space, I was also going through a management and leadership program. Through this training, I learned how important having a team in place was before creating the space.  So I spent the next 6 months building a team.”

Eventually, Jeremy and the Non-Profit Leader.org team swapped spaces, allowing Jeremy to take over more square footage and build several work stations to serve the maker community.  With a classroom and co-working space built, he and his team officially opened Seattle Makers on September 1, 2017.

Only a couple months old, Seattle Makers continues to grow, creating additional opportunities for Seattle makers (like a music/video/photo studio and woodworking), as well as building a community space for Seattle.

“Our goal is to obliterate the barriers for people, especially kids, to create the future,” Jeremy says. “Seattle Makers gives access to emerging tech, classes, skills and community to help anyone learn and create anything they can dream of.

“There’s nothing like the look of amazement on someone’s face when they make their idea a reality. It opens up a whole new world.”