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My 2 Months as an AiR

I read through all of the 'my time as an AIR' posts to get inspiration and to dial my thoughts on what to write. There was one common theme amongst them all - Being an AIR at Instructables is the most awesomely incredible experience!

There are so many thoughts running through my head and heart at the moment, it's hard to know where to begin.
 
I came to the Pier from Northern Idaho. Where traffic is four cars at a traffic light and criminals are high school kids smoking weed in an alley. Arriving in the Bay was a bit of a culture shock. It was great to experience the Bay Area beyond that of a vacation, and to have an idea what it was like to live here. 

When I started my residency I was a bit intimidated - by the tools and by all the creative projects everyone was doing. Once I completed some training courses and got to know people at the Pier, I found it was easy to get into a routine and to be completely comfortable working away in the shop. 

While I was an AIR I completed a handful of different projects (check them out!). I started the program with the idea that I would make some sort of furniture piece that incorporated plant life. What that piece was, I had no idea. After starting some other side projects, my main project really started to define itself and take some direction. It was great having the freedom to make changes to project ideas and really just go where your mind takes you. 

The Pier is full of some very creative and talented people - all of which were so helpful along the way. Whether I was stuck in the design process or the building process, there was also someone to help me get over that hump. 

The Best Parts:
- The freedom to make what you want, when you want
- The friendly, creative and knowledgable Instructables employees
- Access to high quality tools and equipment
- Eating too much at the food trucks
- The view from the Pier!

The Worst Parts:
- Eating too much at the food trucks
- 2 months is too short!
- Leaving

Advice for future AIRs:
Don't be intimidated. Be confident in your ideas. And don't be afraid to change your direction when a new idea comes your way.

Thank you to everyone who made my residency as amazing as it was. The people and the residency were both very inspiring. It was surreal to be able to make what you want, when you want, with access to just about everything you can imagine. For me, it felt like a once in a lifetime experience. 

-Tess

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thematthatter9 months ago
I bet that one gang kept trying to get you to join cause you have sweet skills.
Kiteman9 months ago
+1