Make Masks Updates

The New Normal at Make Nashville

Fellow Makers,
We hope you have been well during these past few months and are excited to begin reopening the makerspace to you once again. As we prepare to get things back to “normal”, Make is implementing to the following safety protocols in an effort to reduce health risks for members, staff, and visitors to our space: 
Scheduling Time: 
Until we are back to operating as normal, capacity for Make will be capped at 25—this includes both members and their guests. This link will be available on the Make website and the number of folks permitted in each area will be limited to adhere to CDC Social Distancing guidelines. When your time is up, please leave the space so that the next member is offered the same access to the social distancing measures that you experienced.                                             
Sign up for time HERE.
Guests are capped at one per member until further notice. Members may bring in one guest with them while they are at Make. Members must sign their guest in via Calendly when reserving time in Make.
This is to maintain the 25 person safety cap.
Please remember to continue having guests sign the waiver at the front entrance. We are using paper copies of the waivers as to decrease contact with the laptop we normally have used. Please place the waivers in the box below the counter when finished and place the used pens in the brass goblet so that they may be sanitized after each use. 
So Fresh & So Clean: 
We ask all members will help to keep our space sanitized. 
Hand sanitizer is readily available for your use in the conference room if you need it at any time. The bathroom is also stocked with soap and towels. If you eat in the kitchen, please wipe down the area after you finish. We highly suggest that you sanitize your hands before and after touching shared tools.
We also ask that you plan on using the last 5 minutes of your time to wipe down the tools and workspaces that you have used before leaving them for the next maker. 
Sanitizing sprays will be available in each space. 

As part of the Volunteer Membership duties, each Volunteer Member will be dedicating a large portion of their 10 hours per month to keeping our space clean and sanitized: wiping down tools and workspaces, stocking the bathrooms with soap and towels, taking out the trash, sweeping, mopping, sanitizing door handles, bathrooms, etc…This will be tracked using Google Forms and a Spreadsheet. 
Additional Info: 
• Classes will resume the second week of June at half capacity or less. 
• Be respectful of others’ desire to remain socially distant. 
• Strive to maintain a six-foot distance between you and others whenever possible. 
• We require that you to wear a mask whenever possible and particularly when in the fabric room, sewing room, or when near others. 
• If you are anything other than perfectly healthy, please stay home. If you are exhibiting symptoms of illness, you will be asked to leave as everyone is highly sensitive to the situation at the moment. 
• If a member or guest is found to be purposefully disrespecting another member or guest’s desire to remain socially distant, that member will be asked to leave the space immediately.
We Missed You
Welcome each other back. It is great to have our members back in our space. Make has been working with some new organizations and partnerships to help with protecting the Nashville community from COVID-19 as makers and we are excited to share these efforts with you in our next newsletter. Because of this you will see some new faces, signage, and tools in our space.
Welcome familiar and unfamiliar faces to the space and share the things you’ve made or ideas you’ve had during the last few months with each other.

It’s time to get back to making—safely—and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome you back. 
Message from Will Harper:
Thank you for your continued involvement in this community and for all of your help, ideas, and suggestions. It’s an honor to be able to serve you all and the community in this capacity and to be able to be at least a small part of your creative endeavors. 
If you have any questions, concerns, or constructive criticism, please email me.

Looking forward to making with you again soon!
Make Masks Make PPE

Make Nashville Fabric Mask Blog

By Jenna Loofbourrow

What a difference a week can make 4/6:

I walked into Make Nashville this Monday, and had to catch my breath. Our table of finished masks was a mess. The piles we had neatly stacked and sorted Friday were falling over; there wasn’t any organization, it was simply a giant pile of hand sewn fabric masks. Will peeked his head in while two of us volunteers were moving the masks around trying to find a sense of order. He announced “Oh yeah, we had a bunch of nurses in over the weekend picking out masks for themselves & their coworkers. It was so cool!” 

Last week I walked into Make Nashville, not knowing what to expect; only that I wanted to do something good that day. COVID-19 has taken away a lot of people’s freedom, taken away jobs (like mine), and taken away people’s sense of security. But what it hasn’t taken away… The ability to do good. 

Here I was a week later, seeing the work done by the volunteers & knowing that without a doubt, we did good. Suddenly, cleaning up this mess wasn’t so frustrating anymore. We were picking up after the people we were here to help, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Cleaning up our act 4/8:

Today we spent the day cleaning and sanitizing our already sterile, but lived-in workspace. We’ve been working like crazy to fine tune our patterns, protocols and pieces of the puzzle that is our mask making process. After research done by our office staff we realized we needed to step up our game when it came to organizing and sanitizing our finished masks. I’d say that blood, sweat and tears went into our day; but given those fluids are “illegal” now, let’s just say that a lot of gloves, bleach and paper towels went into the day! 

I’m proud to announce that we now have a system in place to collect, organize, sterilize, date and store our fabric face masks. We even commandeered half of our fabric lab to store finished masks while they are isolating and wait to be distributed!! It might not look too fancy, but it’s our way of showing healthcare workers and first responders just how seriously we take protecting them from possible contaminants. 

One of my favorite parts about helping at Make Nashville is their willingness and ability to adapt. In just 10 days time, we have redesigned our process for making fabric masks, organized pick-up/drop-offs for dozens of volunteers and now implemented a sterilizing/cataloging system; all to meet a HUGE need for our community.