PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — As a child in the former Yugoslavia, Mara Jovanović took up the art of wood carving with only an axe and some small knives as tools.
“I used my granddad’s shed to make simple things — mostly chess pieces,” said Jovanović, a sophomore at Brown. “I could only dream of a fully stocked design workshop.”
When the architecture concentrator arrived at Brown, she discovered the Brown Design Workshop — a student-operated “makerspace” that soon became her home away from home. There, she has created woodworking projects and paintings, done carpentry work for student theater productions, and worked as a monitor, helping newcomers navigate the collaborative workspace and making them feel welcome.
The fall 2019 semester brought her most exciting Brown Design Workshop project to date: the conception and construction of a boat.