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Blythe Zemel, CEO and Founding President

Blythe has had a long-time passion for creativity and the power to create. She attended the High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Houston, went on to the University of Houston with a B.A. in Art History, graduating Magna Cum Laude, with a minor in Studio Art and a focus of photography. She has sold art internationally and has had her photography recognized multiple times through notable outlets, such as National Geographic, KPRC News and more. She worked as a street fashion photographer in for Girl on the Street in NYC documenting Houston street fashion and had her eye for unique fashion and clothing designs featured in Trace Magazine, Bust Magazine, and sold pieces internationally.  She completed her Ec-12 teaching certification in art at ACT and went on to direct and teach enrichment centered classes for youth in Houston. Through years of volunteering, she had a love for nonprofit work and teaching kids the importance of their individuality, ideas, and the power of creating. Since her move to Boerne, TX, she has continued her work wih youth and founded Girl with Grit Program, GWG Makerspace, and our Mobile Workshop Program. She also lauched a line of patented safety glasses for women, Safety Sasses. She likes to encourage creativity alongside practical business skills. 

Lauren Taylor, Visual Arts Curriculum Coordinator

A native of Houston, Texas, Lauren Taylor is both a practicing artist and art educator with fifteen years of classroom/studio teaching experience. She graduated from the prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and received a B.A. in Art History, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston. She completed a Master of Education degree with specialty in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A & M University. Lauren has taught at some of the most prestigious public and private schools in the Houston area, including the Glassell Junior School at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Her pedagogical approach fosters effective, creative development of impactful curriculum and implementation with a “whole child” approach.

Briana Huhn, Trades Director

Briana Huhn has been a welder/fabricator for 11 years across multiple industries. In addition to welding, Briana shares her love of the trades with children through a Minnesota based nonprofit, Big Ideas Inc. Her main goal is to help end the stigma that the trades are second rate. Her metalworking skills earned her a spot on Motortrend’s ‘Bitchin Bootcamp’ and Discovery Channel’s ‘Monster Garage’.

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MAKERSPACE ADDRESS: 102 E Hosack St., Boerne, TX

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Our Partners & Sponsors

  • Methodist Gift Shop
  • Boerne Market Days
  • BACH
  • Big Ideas
  • Gratitude School
  • Boerne Peace Program
  • ToyMakerz
  • Miller Welders
  • Stemtastic LLC
  • MN Outlaw Customs
  • Iron Demon Forge
  • Paula VM Photography
  • Boerne Handmade Market
  • Boerne Chamber
  • Stephani Risinger – Mary Kay Consultant
  • Under a Fig Tree
  • Boerne Nutrition
  • Of A Muse
  • The Jones Family Christmas Light Display
  • The Agricultural Museum and Arts Center
  • Kendall County Behavioral Health Initative
  • Boerne YMCA
  • Girl Scout Troop 992
  • and countless private donors!

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