Welcome to the eStudio

The eStudio is a catalyst for digital dialogues that explore creative processes connecting tangible materials in hand and digital modes of fabrication with programmable machines. The eStudio is designed to create an inclusive and participatory environment that invites a reimagining of the permeable boundaries shaped by digital design and fabrication technologies, emerging materials and sustainable practices, experimental modes of making and tacit knowledge. The space provides a clean room required by the machines and a conceptual and cooperative learning place intended to enhance the experience of artists engaged in this creative research. 

Our physical home is in W206 Regis Center for Art

Questions? Email estudio@umn.edu

Don't forget to check out our examples and blog pages for projects that have been done in the past. Want to add yours to the blog? Click here to submit! 

panorama of the estudio space

2017 Fall Hours

(Please check whiteboard outside, hours are subject to change)

If you'd like to schedule another time or volunteer, send us an email at estudio@umn.edu. 

Hours will be expanded as the eStudio continues to develop a community of people who know how to use the equipment and are available to staff the eStudio and open the doors. We hope to see you soon!



About: Skateboarding internet video freak, low-tech hacker, and advocate for computer literacy, accessibility, and programming. Interested in movement, digital art, and creative collaboration.


Major: Individualized Studies with focus in Sign language, computer science, and art

Expert in: Dremel 3D Printer, Vinyl Cutter, Ultra Sonic Welder, OtherMill


About: Interdisciplinary artist (photo, drawing, collage, etc). Believes everyone is/can be an artist. Collects tiny things. Loves collaborative learning, experimenting and thinking aloud. She/her/hers.

Major: Individualized Studies with a focus in Graphic Design, Cultural Studies + Comparative Literature, and Mass Communication

Expert in: Wacom tablets, Embroidery Machine, AxiDraw and currently learning all the other machines

Prof. Diane Willow

Inspired by her work at the MIT Media Lab, and her commitment to engaging artists with emerging technologies, Diane founded the eStudio in 2010. Just as the now global MIT Fab Lab concept was taking form in 2002, she led a studio based symposium, Digital Dialogues: Technology and the Hand. Digital Dialogues brought together artists whose practices were based in the material world and researchers and artists who were exploring a hybrid zone that connected the material and digital worlds. This dynamic experience led her to imagine a hybrid space such as the eStudio, that would prioritized the interests of artists and the questions that motivate us.

Although the eStudio is home to many machines, it is designed to be a social environment that supports people as they experiment with new ideas. Open to art students and faculty working in any medium, it is a space that also encourages interactions among people from many disciplines. At heart it is a place that invites community, serendipity, knowledge-sharing, and collaboration. The process of making art with digital technologies and programmable machines requires a playful attitude, a willingness to learn new things, and a generosity of spirit that encourages sharing what you know with others.

With the support of a 2016-17 Academic Innovation Grant, a dynamic group of highly motivated undergraduate students are working with Diane to communicate the potential of the eStudio to students and faculty in the Department of Art. Together we are presenting monthly participatory Exploratoriums, hosting a blog, and opening the eStudio as much as possible.

eStudio Alumni

About: 5 year veteran of the eStudio, expert in combining design and art together in a hands-on process. 

Major: BFA Graphic Design + BFA Fine Arts

Expert in: Embroidery Machine, Vinyl Cutter, Wacom Tablets, Ultra Sonic Welder


About: Loves trying new things and pushing machines to their limits. Open to brainstorming if visits are stuck with where to go next. Enjoys experimenting with new materials. 

Major: BFA Sculpture + Minor in Comparative U.S. Race and Ethnicity 

Expert in: AxiDraw, Sonic Welder, Wacom Tablets, Soldering Station


About: Current Volunteer, loves combining physical art and digital art, negative space, and simple body language. 

Major: Mechanical Engineering and Interdisciplinary Design (combo of graphic and product design)

Currently learning all the machines and knows the basics for all.