Maker City is presented by Alec Short a local resident from Porthleven. Alec began his working life as a carpenter and joiner completing his apprenticeship on the construction of The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. Then going on to work on classic wooden yachts for several years and then establishing a business in refurbishing and refitting many commercial retail and leisure projects within the county.
Creative events also became a major part in Alec’s life for the next 10 years, and he went on to stage one of the region’s most successful events called The Masked Ball. The Masked Ball became known as one of the most creatively produced events in the UK which Alec was able to draw on his skills as a carpenter and designer to create immersive venues within the events. Alec also went on to build the profile of The Porthleven Food Festival growing it into one of the region’s most popular food events in the UK attracting over 30,000 people into his home village.
Alec was also responsible for one of the country’s most spectacular events Apollo 50 celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Moon landings at the nearby Goonhilly Satellite Communications Centre. and has also been involved in producing parts of many other events including Boardmasters, and the St Ives & Truro Food Festivals.
This journey of 15 years in creative events allowed Alec to learn and use a variety of new skills in set construction, computer design and modern creative technologies. Many of these projects involved included using CNC machines, Laser Cutters, and 3D Printers.
“The focus of this project was developed out of previous experience within festivals and events and the use of digital technologies. While these experiences helped me become more familiar with the use of digital technology in art making processes and practices, they were often presented in hard to access facilities, the maker movement which has the ability to demystify these processes and allow greater access to the tools and techniques and their relation to contemporary approaches for learning and making and art design. This project will allow Maker City to become a community art program where it can help encourage creativity”
“Ive seen some great examples of Makerspaces in New York and Berlin that have successfully demystified the culture that has surrounding them….I’m really looking forward to developing this project in Cornwall and allowing these exciting technologies to become accessible for as many people as possible”