Made in the Maker_Space: Taylor Waggoner

January 19, 2022 by Perthshire Creates

Picture of Taylor Waggoner and Ellen Bauchope

Taylor Waggoner and Ellen Bauchope

Tell us about yourself?

My name is Taylor. I was previously the Museum Futures Trainee at Culture Perth & Kinross before starting Perth’s Women and working freelance. I am a graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a degree in Writing for Performance. I am local to Perth, I attended Goodlyburn Primary before Perth Academy.

How did you find out about the Maker_Space?

I became aware of the extent of resources at the Maker_Space while attending the health and wellbeing open day at A.K. Bell Library.

Please describe what you used the Maker _Space to do?

The pilot project of Perth’s Women was a Women’s History Museum – Perth’s first women’s History Museum. For this, we needed interpretation boards to tell the story of Women’s history throughout Perth & Kinross.

To create these materials digitally I made use of the Adobe Illustrator application, I was guided through the basics of this by Scott Russell whose expertise I also made use of. Once the materials were created they were printed using the A0 printer – creating vibrant and accessible materials for the museum to go ahead.

How was your experience of using the Maker_Space?

Fantastic. I did not feel under pressure or judged when making use of any of the equipment – Scott has a natural skill of putting people at ease, something I find very important when trying something new in a public space. I also found myself chatting with the other users of the makerspace and finding out about their projects or 3D scanning and printing! Joanne was also particularly helpful in ensuring I was always booked into the space and answering any questions I needed.

The materials produced at the end of the 3 days of work were immaculate. The team at Maker_Space took great interest in the project and special care to produce exactly what I needed to make it perfect. The materials are still fit for purpose and will be used for many months to come!

Picture of Witch Trials poster

One of the posters produced by Taylor

How would you have achieved your aims without the Maker_Space?

Had the Maker_Space not been available to me I would had to have looked for a commercial printing alternative. This would have been extremely expensive and meant cutting back on the amount of materials created for public use.

Alternatively, I may have designed the museum digitally. However, this would not have achieved the cultural community aspect that the mini-museum project demanded.

Are there any other projects you might use the Maker_Space for?

Yes – a few! I am currently setting up a monthly group to create a map of Women’s History to be designed and printed in the maker-space before being distributed to local cultural venues to be accessed by the public.

I am also looking to extend the size of the mini-museum by allowing school groups to research and design new stories to be told as the tour moves around Perth & Kinross.

Did you know Culture Perth and Kinross Libraries had access to cutting edge technology and design packages such as Adobe Creative Cloud?

I do now!


Culture Perth and Kinross Library Maker_Spaces are available at the following libraries; A.K. Bell Library in Perth; Strathearn Campus Library in Crieff; Breadalbane Campus Library in Aberfeldy; Loch Leven Campus Library in Kinross; Blairgowrie Library and the Famous Grouse Ideas Centre at Creative Exchange in Perth. You can use them completely free of charge, by becoming a member of your local library (not required for FGIC). Find out where your local library is via the Culture Perth and Kinross website.