When the name Millwork first popped up in late 2015, I thought it was a reference to the old American film, The Big Lebowski.
“I thought, ‘Wow, they are trying to get a word out about millwork and what it is,'” said Laura Miller, who started the site to talk about millworks, about the shop that opened last week in the downtown district.
“So I made this graphic of a millworking shop, and I thought that would be a cool thing to get people talking about millworkers.”
Miller, an architecture and urban design major at the University of Chicago, made the graphic in response to a call from Chicagoans for an online tool for millworkers.
The Chicago Business Journal called the concept “an interactive, interactive, collaborative, and collaborative art space.”
The Millwork project began in February with about 30 people in the Chicago area, and the Chicago Department of Transportation has since partnered with Millwork to create a map of millwork shops in the city.
The map includes more than 2,000 millwork spots across the city, which include a handful in Chicago.
In addition to the website, Millwork also posts monthly events at the downtown location.
Miller, a graphic designer who lives in Chicago, is currently working on a project called “Millwork Nation” and wants to connect people to the shop.
“I’m trying to figure out how to use technology and social media to really engage with these artists and get them to talk more about millworking,” she said.
“They’re trying to share their work with people, and they’re trying in a lot of different ways to connect with the community.”
To learn more about how the millwork concept is evolving, check out the video below.
Miller said she hopes the Millwork site can help other millworkers find their identity.
“It’s about being in a community, and not feeling like you’re just in a cubicle,” she added.
“The idea is that we’re going to take the artwork, put it into the community, make it accessible and interactive, and make it more accessible to the general public,” Miller said.