We're Expanding in 2018!

We're excited to announce that starting January 1, 2018 Prototype will be expanding into a much larger studio space in our existing warehouse. Located just down the hall from our current space in the Bloomcraft building in North Oakland, our new studio space will be nearly four times bigger than our current space. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us throughout our small beginning and inspired us to grow bigger and better!

We will be launching the new year with a full calendar of workshops and events to be announced at the end of 2017. It's not too late to submit a workshop proposal - if you have an idea for a class you'd like to teach or a class you'd like to see us offer please send us an email to let us know!

Calling all Protobabes

Prototype PGH is reopening our doors for open swim hours starting Thursday, September 14, 2017. We will be open 12PM-4PM every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for anyone to stop by and use our tools, hang out, or relax on a chair and use the wifi. Open swims will be staffed by knowledgeable volunteers - also known as Protobabes - who can help orient you to our space and equipment. We ask for a $5 donation if you are not a Prototype member, otherwise it is free for members to drop in and work on projects. We are always looking for more Protobabes to volunteer their time and energy to keep our space open and accessible. Please get in touch with us at prototype.pgh [at] gmail [dot] com if you are interested in staffing our space for a 4-hour recurring shift.

feminism. making. community.

Everything is a Prototype

What started as a personal studio for co-founders Erin Oldynski and E.Louise Larson is now a feminist makerspace. Prototype PGH was born from the idea that we are constantly prototyping the kind of world we want to live in. As two women who love making, educating, and Pittsburgh, this is our first prototype for the future. We see Prototype as a space where feminists of all genders are welcome to make things, fail quickly, and find the support to start all over again. 

Prototype is a recipient of the 100 Days of US grant through the Sprout Fund. We have also been selected to participate in Pittsburgh's impact accelerator program for nonprofits through Social Venture Partners. Our fiscal sponsor is New Sun Rising and we receive legal consultation from Trellis Legal LLC.

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Prototypers have access to shared tools, space, events, knowledge, and support. All genders and disciplines are welcome to join. 


12PM - 4PM Thursdays - Sundays


460 Melwood Ave Suite 202

Pittsburgh, PA 15213