Fozzy13's AiR Experience! Answered
Being an Artist in Residence at Instructables was an amazing experience. It's difficult to put into words but I'll give it my best shot.
Let's start at the beginning! Because where else would you start? I'm a college student, but I wasn't when I started to love building things. A knee injury years ago took me out of wrestling for a summer and I used my ample free time during that time period quickly filled up as I was excited by the idea of breaking water into hydrogen and oxygen. Over the past five years, I've grown to love making all sorts of things. Instructables has always been a fantastic community to get ideas for projects and share what I've made. After being part of the community for so long I wanted a chance to be a bigger part of Instructables and have the opportunity to meet some of the people who I've been following on this website for years! Hopefully that only sounds mildly creepy. The Artist in Residence program allowed me to have just that opportunity.
I had the honor of being one of the very first Artists to make use of Instructables/Autodesk's brand new facility. It's incredible. If you're on a tour, it will be referred to as the greatest workshop and creative space in the world, and after working in it for a month, that's an easy statement for me to believe. The metal shop is where I loved spending most of my time as I worked on my main project: a jet engine. However, I barely scratched the surface of what's possible even when I dabbled in playing around with 3D printing and laser cutting. I'll post links to the projects I did when I'm done at the bottom of this post!
I could go on and on about how exciting it was to learn how to TIG weld, or pull my first 3D printed object out of the printer for cleaning. That's not what I loved most about being an Artist in Residence. Don't get me wrong, that's why I was there, and I loved every minute of it! But what I loved most was just being in the office at Instructables. It was an amazing feeling to get to interact with lots of different people who all in some way loved to make things. Being around people who know what Maker Faire is meant a lot to me! Usually mentioning it only yields confused faces in my city. It was great getting to talk about different projects people had done or were working on, which made me love "Build Day"s more than anything. Being at the headquarters of Maker Culture made me feel at home.
I've been away from the Pier where Instructables HQ is for a few weeks now. I miss everyone I got to meet there, and I miss having the resources to make anything I could imagine. Being and Artist in Residence will always be one of my best memories ever, and I can only hope that at some point I'll end up back at Instructables to see the awesome people I met and build some more cool stuff.
Thank you to everyone at Instructables who made my short stay a great experience! I can't thank you enough.
Jet Engine Instructable coming later!