Meet the Maker: Baker Ripley Fab Lab

By Kristen Lomasney

Houston's Baker Ripley Fab Lab is one of several Fab Labs that participated in Project Egress.

Houton's Baker Ripley Fab Lab is one of several Fab Labs that participated in Project Egress. And their bottom middle bell crank assembly is a thing of beauty.

Bio: Fab Lab Houston is located in the BakerRipley East Aldine Campus, thanks to the generous support of Chevron and Fab Foundation. Fab Lab Houston's goal is to cultivate a community of makers in East Aldine and Houston by providing resources and opportunities for collaboration, entrepreneurship, STEM education, teacher professional development and certifications for enterprising work.

The maker behind the BakerRipley Fab Lab part is Brent Richardson, the Director of Fab Lab Houston. He is a Houston based artist working in a variety of mediums to create interactive electronic sculptures and installations. This work has taken many forms from building interactive museum experiences to coordinating community art projects. In addition to gallery art exhibitions,

Brent also co-founded a website with his wife, Gray House Studio, featuring plans and tutorials that focus on teaching others to build projects for their home and kids. Their unique projects have been included in several publications like Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping and more.


Artist Statement: "At Fab Lab Houston we are always looking for new ways to train community members on tools so they can gain the skills necessary to realize their project ideas. Fabricating a part for Project Egress was a fantastic platform to demonstrate the real world application of digital fabrication equipment and go from schematic to final product with fidelity.

Located at the new BakerRipley East Aldine Campus, Fab Lab Houston is a place of welcome, engagement and collaboration where neighbors can enjoy a variety of holistic programs, resources and services. This initiative is possible thanks to a partnership between BakerRipley, Chevron and the Fab Foundation."

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