Hello. We are Talkoot Studio.
We are having a barn-raising to build a friendly, professional co-operative design and fabrication space in Downtown Los Angeles. We want to bring aspiring artists, engineers and industrial designers cutting edge tools (laser cutters, 3d printers, CNC machines) as well as traditional ones (kilns, saws and soldering irons). But we also want to house a vibrant community of people making cool things.
With creative manufacturing industries dominated by large corporations and institutions, our goal is to level the playing field for independent creators who want to get their ideas to stores, galleries and museums.
We love hacker-spaces, and have modeled ourselves after what we like about them. But we also want to add to that model what artists and designers need: great light and a professional, creative atmosphere to meet with clients, buyers and do in-studio visits.
Talkoot was started by Adam Patrick Easter Cottingham and Lindsey Mysse. We are designer/artists who have been working together for about a year. As we were building our studio, we realized 2 things about having a fully equipped studio: 1. It's expensive. 2. It's lonely. We didn't want to have all these cool tools and not share them with others. That's when we started talking about how we could open our studio up and bring in other people to our space.
By supporting us, you're helping us build a great studio that gives access to people (and maybe yourself), not only to the tools and space we use, but to a supportive community of working, professional artists and designers.
What We Need & What You Get
Our first prioirty is to form the non-profit to administer our studio and pay for the insurance to bring people into our space.
Once we have taken care of that we will purchase our Laser Cutter, then our 3d Printer, and-- if this barnraising is really successful-- a CNC machine. The more you can contribute, the cooler tools you'll get to use!
We are offering you the opportunity, through this fund-raising, to jump to the head of our waiting list for memberships. We do have limited space for memberships-- so contributing to our campaign now ensures you will be the first person given a space.
Break it down for folks in more detail:
We are aiming to raise $10,000 to get going on the space. This will cover our initial expenses of equipment (mostly the laser cutter and the 3d printer), and give us a a runway of insurance and rent to get the space going.
We've done an estimate of our expenses here if you want to go over our numbers.
Suggestions for our numbers? email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love your feedback!
We plan on throwing one hell of a bash for our contributors at the end of May. So contribute now!
Other Ways You Can Help
Do you have some cool equipment just gathering dust in your garage? We're looking for woodworking and metal-working tools in the Los Angeles Area. Also, if you can't contribute, maybe you know some friends or family that can. Even in far away places, people can transfer their membership ticket to the front of the line.
Share this indiegogo campaign with your friends! Stop by Talkoot Studio now to say "hi" -- find our address on our webpage.