Poster for event (supplied by Sarah Michaelson)
Now that winter is going full-tilt in Manitoba, I usually end up hibernating: watching movies, eating in, and doing crafts. I was lucky enough to grow up learning how to do things like embroidery, weaving, and origami, but those activities usually mean tucking away in the winter months and crafting on my own. It can get kind of lonely.
A couple years ago I began developing, with a couple of friends, the idea to create public crafting parties so that we could share skills and have a drink or two. The result was a monthly craft and music night called Drop the Needle.
The framework of Drop The Needle is that music fans and crafters of any level come together to earn a "merit badge" for a different crafting topic while listening to a live soundtrack from local DJs. And yes, there are actual merit badges to earn!
In the winter of 2009-2010, we had nights on extreme knitting, book binding by hand, making robot figures out of junk, and origami (imagine hundreds of little paper cranes scattered throughout a a small pub and you'll start to get the idea).
Two of my favourite people that show up to these crafty nights are a woman in her early 30s and her mother (who looks like a salt and pepper-haired replica of her daughter). At first, they came in tentatively for the knitting night, but became faithful, boisterous regulars from then on! It's sort of cute to see them excitedly hunched over projects together.
The fact that this is an event for more than just the bar-crowd is what makes me excited to DJ and throw events. It feels like a real cultural happening here in Winnipeg.
So, after a bit of a hiatus, I decided to bring Drop The Needle back. The first one of this winter is happening Tuesday, November 29th at the Lo Pub (330 Kennedy St), at 7 pm. We'll be making relief carvings into our own stamps for a mini printmaking session. We'll be printing onto greeting cards, gift tags (the holidays are coming!) and Artist Trading Cards**. All the tools and supplies are provided, so if you're interested in trying it out, just show up! It's $10 for admission and you get to bring your crafty treats home with you!
Sarah Michaelson AKA Mama Cutsworth, DJ (Duncan McNairnay)
** Artist Trading Cards, or ATCs, are a way for artists to create their own little pieces of art to trade, rather than sell. They're 3.5" x 2.5" cards that you can fit into baseball card sleeves too!
Middle photo: Merit badge (Sarah Michaelson)
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