Friday, September 16, 2016

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Jason Kelly

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Everything but the Space: Filling in the Blank for Philly’s Makers

About a decade ago, a friend and I established a custom woodworking studio called Glueline. We had the skills, the talent, the materials, and the motivation. What we lacked was the space. We searched high and low and came across a good number of vacant spots. Many were owned by the city and all were financially out of our reach. We made some projects we were proud of in a parent’s basement, then we closed after a year and moved on to other things.

The experience opened my eyes to Philly’s vacant space and to its makers in need of a space — two things that should go together but are restricted by the barriers keeping them apart. In the years since, I’ve taken note as other cities such as New York, Detroit, and Reading fill vacant spaces with artists, craftspeople, and small business people. There are a few examples in Philly – but, in my opinion, not enough! What’s next for Philly is to figure out a way to play matchmaker for our growing population of makers and these plentiful spaces, leading to great benefits for the city and maybe even to our renewed reputation as workshop to the world.
Jason Kelly has worked as a furniture restorer, forklift service technician, freelance designer, and model maker for manufacturers and design consultancies across a broad range of product categories. The common thread is creating things, whether from ingredients in a kitchen, scrap metal in a garage, or resin in a 3D printer. Jason’s resulting knowledge of a wide range of disciplines and technologies contributes to his ability to solve pretty much any prototyping challenge at Bresslergroup, where he currently works as a Model Maker. 

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