Machine This Week: Thanksgiving Weekend and Beyond
Wednesday December 3rd, from 7-10pm
Did you know the British’ Red Coats were dyed with Cochineal, an insect possibly living on the cactus in your backyard? Or that cave paintings from 6500 BC incorporate felt appliquè? Come join artist Carolyn Mason as we explore the ancient techniques of felting and natural dyeing. Participants will learn to work with the raw materials that have defined the colors blue and red in our cultural consciousness for centuries, and we’ll get a glimpse into the surprisingly violent history of this soothing art form. You’ll go home with your very own indigo and cochineal, as well as felted forms of your own, created with a little modern assistance from our local Lucy’s laundromat. Please wear clothes you don’t mind staining.
Our friends Danielle and Joey of the Best Friends Learning Gang (BFLG), are hosting an Amateur Hour at Machine Project Wednesday, December 17th from 7-10pm. What is an Amateur Hour you ask? Imagine our normal Machine Project workshops but the instructor never shows up. Instead participants are left to figure it out on their own, pooling knowledge and skill sets to accomplish whatever it is they’ve decided to accomplish. So here’s what we’re asking: email email@example.com by December 4th, with a brief proposal of what you’d like the BFLG do on the 17th. No project is too ambitious! Past Amateur Hours have included taxidermy, tattoos, and collective levitation. We at Machine Project will pick a proposal and acquire supplies, all you have to do is show up on the 17th ready and willing. Hope to see you there!