Announcing the 2021 Makers-in-Residence


We are thrilled to announce our 2021 Makers-in-Residence, Katelyn Patton and Faith Humphrey Hill.

Katelyn Patton will create a body of work that engages with the community's awareness and perceptions of the urban ecology in the city of Chicago, culminating in an interpretive field guide. She will present eight summer workshops which will include opportunities for participants to document plants and animals and to create fabric and paper sculptures. Patton's residency begins in June. You can see some of her work at, opens a new window 

Faith Humphrey Hill will create portraits that combine knitting and 3D printing. The portraits will be of individuals impacted by COVID to: remember those who passed away; appreciate those who worked to protect the ill; and thank the children who witnessed these events. She will present eight fall workshops which will include opportunities for participants to explore multiple knit and drawing techniques. Humphrey Hill's residency begins in September. You can see some of her work at, opens a new window.

Visit the Maker Lab event listings in June to sign up for the Maker-in-Residence workshops and check our updates to find out when the works will be on display at Harold Washington Library Center. 

The Maker Lab is generously supported by Comcast and donors to the Chicago Public Library Foundation.