Month: September 2019

CommonShip + Genki Ichiba

In May 2017, 2018, 2019, the Brightmoor Maker Space has had the great fortune of being able to partner with Ishinomaki Lab in Miyagi Prefecture in the northeast of Japan. First thing on setting foot in the lab workspace after coming from Detroit is “it looks sort of like the maker space.” Our Brightmoor Makers … Continued

Night Festival

For a few years we have been talking about night. Sometimes our discussions veer towards safety, sometimes towards seasons, and often towards sociability. We wonder at the Maker Space if we had a cookout or a street party at night if people would come and hang out. Alongside the wooden lamps we designed at Ishinomaki … Continued


After a few months of rough prototypes and workshops in Detroit, a small group travelled to Ishinomaki, Japan where our host was Ishinomaki Lab. Over three weeks in May, we refined our wooden lamps, designing a flat pack set of 4 reconfigurable components powered by a small LED light (we are working on a solar … Continued

Meet the Makers: Thad Lindsay

In 2012 we had an idea that we could build a boat. Part of it this was prompted by a small stack of 55 gallon drums and Jack Lardis’ project Oil Drum Art. Among the initiatives to repurpose the drums was a catamaran whose pontoons were built around 3 of the drums. We endeavored to … Continued

Meet the Makers: Shashu Amen-Ra

In July, 2019, the Brightmoor Maker Space welcomed Shashu Amen-Ra as artist in residence. This was a great homecoming, as Shashu is one of the original founders of Detroit Community Schools. Working with a subset of the screen printers, Shashu led the students through a process of the design and construction of denim aprons. On … Continued