After leaving the Start Co. organization last year, Elizabeth Lemmonds’ next venture called Forge is preparing to launch.
The venture has secured a space on Broad Ave. across from the water tower, according to Forge’s Facebook page, which also describes the venture’s concept as a “uniquely Memphis mashup of arts space and fabrication shop. Part incubator, part gallery, part playground.”
Lemmonds describes it as a “maker space” with monthly tiered memberships for access to a wood shop, metal shop, desktop manufacturing (with things like laser cutters and 3D printers) and a gallery space as well as a variety of community-access opportunities.
The idea is for a diverse group of people to work there and share space there – “interdisciplinary innovation,” in Lemmonds’ words.
She told me last year Forge would host events to showcase its participants’ work, including exhibitions and panels with Forge artists and engineers. It also would host pop-up “Forge Fairs” where the opportunity to sell creative work would be available.