Tara Whelan is a Dublin-based independent designer with a magpie practice, often working in the cracks between – and with – other disciplines. Her practice involves research, facilitation, teaching and making. Much of her current work involves helping people to learn new maker technologies and skills. She has a strong interest in digital fabrication, due to its comparatively low barriers to creating high-quality objects, and she runs courses and workshops with a view to helping people access these technologies. She’s currently undertaking a PhD investigating women’s participation in makerspaces, and is a founder member of the feminist maker collective, Lovelace Space.
Tara is currently doing a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Nora O’Murchu. Her project, Women’s Participation in Makerspaces, is funded by the Irish Research Council through a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Grant.