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Rick Yorde Jr is a maker, teacher, story teller, and business manager.

Ricks’s goal is to provide access to woodworking and entrepreneurship to all who are interested and help create the facilities necessary to do so.  

Rick has 50+ years of woodworking, designing, and craftsman experience as well as 20 years as a college woodworking instructor. Rick has his Masters of Fine arts in Theater Design, and has worked as a union cabinetmaker in Chicago for 8 years.  When he’s not at the Chicago Maker Space designing and building furniture, you can find him teaching classes with the Taoist Tai Chi Society.

Richard Yorde


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Lexie Cicale is a painter, sculptor, textile, and installation artist/educator from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, currently living and working in Chicago. Lexie believes in making art as a form of empowerment, and enjoys hosting workshops and classes that serve as gathering places to exchange ideas and materials. Lexie graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied painting, wood bending, metalworking, foundry, and weaving. In her personal practice, Lexie’s work invites the viewer to navigate a colorful play-scape where
labor and play intertwine, and is rooted in choreography, moments of intimacy, color, textile patterns, and not taking yourself too seriously.

Lexie Cicale


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