First Friday ABQ Art Walk

First Friday screen printed bag designs and small laser cut keychain project.
FUSE Makerspace is excited to participate in the monthly ABQ Art Walk the first Friday of each month. Join us and try your hand at screen printing a reusable bad. There will also be several members selling their products and talking about how they utilize the space. A staff member will be available to provide tours and answer any questions. Visit us and other venues in downtown Albuquerque on Friday, February 7th, 2020 from 5 pm-9 pm.

Bosque Brewery Make & Take

Sample design of the FUSE Makerspace Make and Take workshop at Bosque Brewing.
Join us for our first Make & Take at Bosque Brewing Co. We will be making an awesome wooden beer caddy that you can keep for yourself or give as a gift to the beer lover in your life. The 100% maple wood has beautiful color and grain that will be an elegant way to transport your 6-pack to the next holiday party. The $30 event price allows you to assemble the caddy, to learn basic woodworking techniques, and to personalize your caddy. You will also receive You will receive $1 off pints during the event. We look forward to seeing you on November 17th from 2:00pm-5:00pm at Bosque Brewing Co. in Nob Hill. Register

Featured Member: Sheri Crider

Sheri arranging cut out hearts

Sheri Crider is a visual artist, owner of Sanitary Tortilla Factory, and FUSE Makerspace business member. Sanitary Tortilla Factory is an art space that includes an exhibition space, fabrication space, 15 working artist studio spaces, and offers artist residencies. On the website she states, “ I think of the space as an experimental first phase of a seven-year plan for the multi-faceted visual arts center. Strategically implemented programming creates iterations of art that hopes to engage and strengthens its community. Our community is vast. It is my hope that our circles are filled with cons, hustlers, academics and hipsters alike.”

Sheri has been a FUSE Makerspace business member since last fall primarily using the laser cutter to etch and cut her work. Most recently she went on an endeavor to create over 650 wood birds for her series Flight, a multi-media installation that sheds light on an immigration detention center.  At FUSE Makerspace she used the laser cutter in order to convert her drawn birds into cut and etched parts that she later assembled. Before, Sheri had to outsource the fabrication of her birds but with her FUSE membership she was able to have more hands on control of her large scale project. Sheri sees great possibility in discarded materials, unused spaces, and missed opportunities that inspire her art practice.

Her project is partially sponsored by the Right of Return Fellowship, which invests in formerly incarcerated artists to create original works that can further criminal justice reform in partnership with advocates and organizers.  Sheri Crider is one of the first seven recipients of the fellowship. Flight will be showcased this Friday, August 24 at the UNM Art Museum from 4-7PM.
Proceeds from the fundraising workshops during this exhibition will benefit the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center.

You can find out more about Sheri, her work, and Sanitary Tortilla Factory on , , and or by following her @shericrider and @sanitarytortillafactory on instagram.

Photo caption courtesy of the University New Mexico Museum of Art photo by Stefan Batista.

FUSE Makerspace Instructor: Steve Lee  

Printing a screen
Steve Lee has been a Fuse Makerspace member for the past 2 years, since when he was brought on as an instructor for screen printing. He owns, Thin King Press, a custom graphics and screen printing company he run since 1989. The company name references the brain behind all the production and showcases a wonderful play on words. Before joining as an instructor, Steve managed his storefront and production on Central Ave. His production has since moved into the Fuse Makerspace and not having to manage a storefront has created more time to explore his creative endeavors. Steve’s desk is set up next to the laser cutter behind the screen printing area, where he showcases a varity of different works he’s prouduce. It is a display of various mediums: posters, stickers, skateboards, and magnets to name a few items. He stated,” being here has allowed me to diversify the things that I make. There is a certain satisfaction in the brain when making things” Throughout his entire life Steve has been surrounded by art and makers, which has led to his path to being one. He has been drawing since he was a child, photographing since the 1970s, and screen printing for over 30 years. Now in the makerspace he has been able to add to the knowledge with the tools and equipment he uses within the space. At Fuse Makerspace he was able to build a custom guitar with a beautifully etched plasma cut fretboard and it is sounds incredibly serene.  He was able to consult Matt Barbato, another member and employee, when creating his electric guitar. “The community of Fuse is the best part of it. These guys are all super cool. There’s things I get from picking their brain.” -Steve said. Steve said, “ I don’t relate my practices to each other but they just do. If your files aren’t set up right then they just aren’t going to look good.” Here he references his use of photoshop to both create within and bring over the art from print to a digital file. This skill he has been able to share with multiple people through the pre-pressed graphics course he teaches. Billy the Squid, the outlaw, is a character that Steve has developed; like most of his work it started as a drawing that has been converted and iterated through various mediums. The laser cutter has been the machine of choice for Steve where he’s made things from fridge magnets to custom etched skateboards. He has also created magic boxes with etched designs and business cards, all have the aesthetic of Steve Lee. You can find out more about Steve Lee, his creations, and his business on or by following him @thinkingpress and @l.ter3go on Instagram.

Featured Member: Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald showing slides of hanging screens over windows
Meet Michael McDonald, he has been using the Shopbot to create custom Japanese style shoji sliding doors. You can see the project coming together more and more with each time he comes in. He first heard about FUSE at 1 Million Cups. He had previously become familiar with the concept of Makerspaces after hearing about one up in Santa Fe. Upon learning that there was one closer to home and that we had a CNC router he decided to check us out. For Michael his work is mostly a hobby which he uses to build design elements for his home. He recently retired working for Sandia where he worked in several departments manufacturing, robotics, and cyber security. Michael is trying to recapture that same spirit of design development learned at Sandia through the items he makes at FUSE. “Making things is fun. If you’re making something interesting.” He sees one of the benefits of FUSE to be the people as well as the low cost of entry. He cites that buying his own CNC router and a place to store it is way past the price of membership. Also, if the machine broke “I would be responsible to fix it.” Luckily FUSE has a Marty”. Outside of FUSE Michael enjoys salsa dancing, is an officiant at his church and attends the previously mentioned 1 Million Cups meetings. After he is finished with his shoji doors he will be moving on to create a desk and cabinet of his own design. Next time you see him at FUSE say hi.