One-One Thousand creates space for makers

By Kathy Brozyna, Madison Magazine

makerspace_webSarah Artz was raised by a single mom who took whatever modest food offerings she had and presented it to her daughter in a creative way. She would cut up fresh fruit in small chunks and place it artfully on a big plate before setting it on the table. Artz looked forward to this simple meal and started referring to it as the “Big Fruit.” Something so simple, handled with such love and attention, has had a lasting impact on Artz. It’s no wonder today, at 35, she makes it her business to surround herself with creative people.

Artz, founder of her own marketing consulting firm Big Fruit, has recently launched One-One Thousand, a Madison-based place for “non-traditional-working” individuals to gather, because these makers most often practice their craft in solitude. Through events hosted by Artz, “those who make things or are making things happen” can sell their goods, learn how to grow their businesses and network, not only locally, but throughout the Midwest and beyond. Currently these workshops are held at Wonder Studios just off Cottage Grove Road in a space Artz shares with two furniture makers.

In addition to these workshops, Artz, in collaboration with Madison’s Hive Social Club, hosts monthly Hand-crafted Happy Hours that take place at locally-owned eateries and drinkeries. Past venues have included Bos Meadery, Cambridge Winery, Jade Monkey Bar and Old Sugar Distillery. At these energetic and inspiring gatherings, such local craftspeople as furniture makers, woodworkers, a fashion illustrator and textile artists are featured. A local music artist, typically a DJ, provides the soundtrack for the evening. Read more …

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