Andrew B. Watt is me. I am a designer, artist, writer and philosopher in western Massachusetts. That’s enough to identify me to the discerning reader.
The short version:
- You can learn about my publications, available on Amazon and elsewhere.
- You can learn about how to hire me, and how that might help you.
- You can buy things I’ve made through Etsy.
Graphic Design, Presentation & Business Coach
A few years ago, I started my own business.
The purpose of the business has been to offer guidance and training to small businesses in western Massachusetts in marketing, graphic design, advertising, and public relations. I write copy, invent logos, and consult with teams on being better presenters and communicators. (At the moment some parts of this work are on hiatus).
I have been involved with Toastmasters since 2013. I joined a club in order to learn how to be a better evaluator of my students, and wound up staying for the leadership opportunities. I’ve served as the club president, two of the three vice-presidential posts, and all of the business-orientation posts, in various clubs. Additionally, in 2018 I was elected the Club Growth Director for District 53 of Toastmasters International. I am endeavoring to serve honorably and with distinction. Because of this role, there are some fees related to teaching public speaking and presentation skills that I may not request or make; however, you can acquire my services through a donation to District 53 Toastmasters under the right circumstances; through Toastmasters I can offer the Youth Leadership Program and the Speechcraft programs, which are excellent services for many businesses.
I am at this point a professional quilt-maker and costume tailor (sewist? costumer? Words do sometimes fail me). I sell much of what I make through Etsy, which is mostly objects of fabric: quilts, stoles, clothes, costume pieces, and more.
I seem to have a niche market making banners, sashes and ritual wear for occult and esoteric groups, fraternal and secret societies, and individuals with an interest in the mystical.
MakerSpace Builder & Coach
Part of my business is helping schools and libraries design and build MakerSpaces.
You can think of a MakerSpace as being a form of the wood shop, metal shop, plastics shop, cooking, and sewing studio classes that many middle schoolers and high schoolers took in the decades from the 1930s to the 1990s — but updated for modern technology. Many shop programs closed down in the late 1980s and early 1990s to make way for computer science programs, and as the teachers hired in the 1960s and 70s retired. The result was a series of lost decades that produced few plumbers, few electricians, and few repair professionals; as well as fewer hobbyists in cabinetry, furniture building, sewing, and metal smithing.
The last twenty years has seen a rise of self-taught artisans in smith craft, knife making, cabinetry and furniture making, and cosplay. Through YouTube and other online resources, hobbyists can learn to sew, knit, weld, and Make a variety of things and learn a variety of skills. Yet these skills used to be learned in schools — and they have critical things to teach both students and professional educators: lessons in geometry and mathematics, proportion, design aesthetic, and beauty.
Which is where I come in.
When schools try to restart their shop programs, they either balk at the price tag… or they have the money but can’t find the personnel to run the program. In my work as a school teacher who founded a MakerSpace program, I built a program from nothing to a high-quality, award winning MakerSpace in just five years. Along the way I learned a wide range of skills and systems for making a great program. And I can teach those skills to your faculty and staff, so that
- you don’t have to pay for your entire program in the first year;
- you train up your existing staff rather than hiring a professional;
- you build a team that can run a quality program together;
- you build a program based on the interests, skills, and confidence of your staff.
You should contact me about starting such a program at your school.
I write quite a lot of poetry, though most of it these days is not published here or anywhere else. You should take a look at what I have available through Amazon.com. I’ll be performing a few times this year, but mostly locally. The biggest upcoming event will be a set during a poetry reading at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto, ON Canada, during the week of November 1-8, 2018.
Astrologer & Magus
I got interested in magic as a historical phenomenon, and I wound up getting interested in it for its own sake. I’ve gotten quite good at working in these realms. If you would like an astrological, geomantic, or Tarot reading, I can provide you with those services by video conference, telephony, or in person. Other, more esoteric services usually require an in-person consultation and effort.
In my spare time, I make things (sewing, knitting, carpentry and simple machinery), hike and kayak. I also write. Duh.