The only projects I predict are ones towards Borderland/this summer (@Jan_vL?) and running workshops around that. As @brooks suggested, it could be a popular space for members and also burners overall interested in costume making, which could be a course/workshop one could run for both members and the public in the summer for example. And make gains from that. May be this summer we can test a workshop with the hopes of making it a recurring event. Also testing how popular or not this actually is!
(Mental note: may be take a survey of what people want to learn or do.)
This mayyyy be over-ambitious for the first year or could be done in phases, scaled to what we can manage right now with what we have.
I think we are going to have a meeting soon and discuss workshops, etc. etc. to have a clear idea of what we need now and what we can get later, according to what we plan to do in the near future.
Also depending on how rapidly we want to grow, I guess there is always the matter of attracting people to Tau/Blivande. And needless to say we would do that better by securing machines and spaces that convince people they want to work on their projects in the studio with good machines versus at home with household machines or elsewhere.
That’s just my thinking.
Of course I see the logic to hold back and observe at this stage what actual tools we may need when there is demand for them - with current membership numbers and interest I agree that one sturdy machine is enough, no argument.
And then if we can secure Olle’s machine in a few months, that is great.
I hope we can scale it to 3 machines just for ease of running workshops and working on more than one project but I can agree that this is more of a long term ambition. But I would like to be proactive and spark that interest, so people are aware of the possibilities, so to speak.
We won’t be purchasing anything today. I will get estimates and I think we can reach some sort of ‘growth’ plan next week, and plan machines accordingly.
If we do try running workshops I think end of April/May/June could be organised. I imagine we could secure Olle’s machine before then (?) and if not, we can plan around that: we could use the machine @Linnea has and organise into small groups/sessions (I think they will be small anyway).