More than any other factor, the hands, hearts and minds of a city’s people determine its successes. Curiosity and intelligence. Courage and grit. Dexterity and flair. The ability to innovate with intent. See for yourself what our makers are making right now, in Kitchener. 

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Patio takes shape in Goudies Lane

You could hear the low music before seeing anything. Humming across sidewalks, around corners and down King Street, the electronic droning sounds coming from Goudies Lane marked the start of new life for the alleyway in downtown Kitchener.

Meg Leslie fell in love with the arts and thinks you can do the same

Meg Leslie, a Kitchener ceramic artist is passionate about two things: her private time to create, and sharing the arts with adults. Make it Kitchener chatted with Leslie about her background, her craft, and her theory that there’s no such thing as an uncreative person.

Ruby Eagle finds inspiration in the archives

Ruby Eagle, a multimedia artist in Kitchener, spent much of her undergraduate degree digging through the University of Waterloo archives. She wasn’t studying, or writing a paper though. She was on the lookout for the next great piece for her patchwork style of art.

Cynosure gives new meaning to jewelry

Cynosure: “an object that serves as a focal point of attention or admiration.” The curious term, which sounds like it might only be spoken when pulled from the depths of dictionary, came to Kitchener’s maker scene through exactly that process. Cynosure Jewelry Design Studio found their name when Juan Bohorquez, who co-owns the company with Shannon Kennedy, flipped through the pages of the old Merriam-Webster.

Express your commitment to the environment through mosaic art

Hanging laundry to dry, leaving the car at home once a week, eating more local food, or making a rain garden are examples of simple actions residents can take to be more climate friendly. This year’s artist in residence is inspiring citizens to document their commitment to the environment by making a personal mosaic.

The Makers. The Hackers. The Writers.
The Coders. The Builders. The Creators.

You inspire us. You lift up the hood, mix up the ingredients, unveil hidden beauty, or harness new powers. You’re fearless with your hands and with your mind.