ArtFire.com, an online marketplace with over 100,000 members worldwide, is converting the historic Bates mansion in downtown Tucson, Arizona into their new headquarters and an artisan driven maker space.
The new “Maker House” will be a community hub and education space for artists, artisans and creative entrepreneurs. It will also provide access to equipment that artists and makers might not have readily available in their home studios, such as 3D printers, vinyl cutters, kilns, screen-printing presses, paper embossers, and computer-guided sewing machines.
The Maker House will also include meeting rooms, communal workspaces, and a coffee bar. A 5,000 square foot courtyard hidden behind nine-foot walls can be used for outdoor concerts and other events. Watch for the grand opening of The Maker House in September.
“Moving Artfire.com into this wonderful historic space perfectly matches both the future of tech companies in Southern Arizona and our commitment to artisans and the creative entrepreneur,” said John Jacobs, CEO and Founder of ArtFire.com.
“I can’t imagine a more fitting space for a project that offers new collaborations for creative people,” said Tony Ford, the co-founder and COO of ArtFire.com. “Creating a physical space that mirrors the variety, diversity and collaboration of our online artisan community and joining that to the indie artist community in Tucson is a perfect way to extend the ArtFire brand.”
ArtFire.com was founded in Tucson in 2008 by entrepreneurs with a passion for handmade art and indie business. The site currently features 1 million items from 15,000 artists worldwide. More than 2.5 million shoppers visit ArtFire.com each month.