About

Hi! I’m Gwen. I run Maker Lady as a resource for average people who want to take full advantage of their Cricut Maker and possibly dip their toes into the Maker community.

About Me

My interest in creating began at a very early age. My father, who had a variety of mechanical and electronic skills, brought home a broken remote-control boat. I think I was maybe 5 or 6 years old at the time. He showed me the boat, the motor, and described how electricity is like water. He explained electricity needed to flow for it to make the motor work. I remember learning how to connect the battery and the controller. He and his buddies on the base could not get the motor to work, so giving the boat to some kid as a project seemed better then throwing it away.

I remember trying to wire the motor, but it didn’t work. Later, that night, I was still thinking about the motor and the electricity flowing like water. I was supposed to be in bed. Usually, getting up in the night included some yelling to “go back to bed!” I took the risk. I tiptoed down into the basement workshop. My mom and dad sat on a nearby sofa, watching TV. I could hear the TV in the background. I tried to keep very quiet.

Suddenly, “WHIZZZZZZ!!!!” I had not thought about what happens if the motor worked! All I could think was that I was going to be in so much trouble for being out of bed.

My dad jumped up and began swearing in a panic, he thought something in his shop was going haywire. He ran over to the workbench. After he found the source of the noise, his first reaction was “You got it to work!”

I froze. He’s not mad? I was confused.

Dad checked my work and looked pleased. Mom asked why I got out of bed. I said I couldn’t stop thinking about the electricity flowing. They laughed and said that I fixed the boat and now I needed to go to bed.

About five years ago, my dad said that he made a special trophy for me. He mounted that same boat motor onto a base. The trophy was to remember the first time I solved a real technical problem. I was so surprised that he still remembered that moment almost 50 years later.

More About Me…

I’m an Air Force brat, I was born in Texas, but have lived in Seattle, Chicago, and Boston, and various smaller towns in New York, Idaho, and California. My father was a big influence in my interests. I learned to weave on a loom when I was 13, coincidently the same year I learned how to program in BASIC. I was supposed to go to college to be an electrical engineer. Obviously, that didn’t happen.

I have a degree in Archaeology from Boston University and a Masters in Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. All of this and none of this prepared me for a 30+ year career in the software development industry. Currently, I write software documentation. Previously, I was a software test engineer. Based on my early childhood, I think I was well suited for the work.

I am an artist, writer, blogger, and maker. I work hard and I love learning new things and then teaching others.

You can view my artwork at www.gwenzierdt.org

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