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Makers Digest 02/05/19

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 5

Chi Hack Night - 6:00 PM
The Chi Hack Night is a free, weekly event in Chicago to build, share and learn about civic tech and tools to create, support, or serve public good. Join us every Tuesday from 6-9:30pm on the 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart to hear from interesting speakers, learn from each other and work on civic projects. Non-techies are very welcome! RSVP is now required. Walk-ins will unfortunately not be allowed. More

Intro to Relief Printmaking - 6:00 PM
Introduction to Relief Printmaking: “Linocut Prints” Linoleum was a 20th-century development in the art of Relief Printmaking and is used far more than any other material today to create relief printing blocks. In this technique the design to be printed is cut in the same manner as a woodcut. It has many advantages: it is softer than wood to cut, also has no grain or direction, and it is robust enough to allow many hundreds of prints to be taken before it wears down. More

Drop-in Ceramics/ Wheel - 6:30 PM
Every Tuesday from 6:30-8pm you can join us to learn wheel throwing basics. Get centered with this meditative artform. Ages 16 and up. No sign up required. $35 per person can be paid onsite and includes instruction, 3 lbs of clay, glaze and firing. More

PS1 Hackerspace Open House - 7:00 PM
Open to the public! Come see what Pumping Station One is all about. Bring your questions, enthusiasm, and curiosity. We give a tour of the space after the member meeting, stick around for 300 Seconds of Fame, our open-mic night for presentations. More

Wednesday, February 6

Artmaking Studio Day Every Wednesday: Make & Meet at AnySquared - 3:00 PM
FREE Artmaking Session EVERY WEDNESDAY Drop in hours begin at 3pm until 10pm Supporting Artists for 7 years. Stop in. Make Art. Meet People. Brainstorm Projects. Plot Liberation. Be Social or Stay Focused. Supplies Available. We have plenty of basic supplies to share, but you are welcome to bring your own and make, share ideas, discuss possible collaborations. AnySquared also discusses upcoming art projects during studio day. More

Chicago Women Developers Hack Night - 6:00 PM
This weekly event gives ladies a space to code together. Whether you're just getting started, or are a veteran in the tech world, there's a seat for you at the table. BYOL: Bring your own laptop! You don't have to be working on any project or learning anything new to come to Hack Night, it's a great space to just hang out with other women who code. More

Lecture in Photography: Shimon Attie - 6:00 PM
Artist Shimon Attie will discuss his works on view at the MoCP, along with a selection of his other projects, including his seminal The Writing on the Wall project, a series of site-specific projections in Berlin’s former Jewish Quarter. He will also present on recent works realized in the past five years, including his most recent project, Night Watch, a floating media installation circulating in the waterways around New York City for the month of September in 2018. The piece was made with 12 individuals living in the NYC area, whose lives were saved by having been granted political asylum in the United States. Lectures in Photography are co-presented by the MoCP and the Photography Department at Columbia College Chicago. More

South Side Hackerspace: Chicago Weekly Meeting - 7:00 PM
Wednesday night meetings are an open house, a brief meeting about hackerspace business, and a general time to meet and chat with members and non-members who felt like dropping by. It's also a pretty good time for members to get certified on equipment. More

Thursday, February 7

Adult Mask Making Classes - 6:30 AM
Art Side Out Studio & MASK SHOP since 1986 has been making masks and mask makers in Chicago. I offer Thursday night adult, BYOB mask making classes at three levels, Beginning ~ Intermediate & Advanced. most Thursday nights. The first two levels are two hour classes offered in a three hour time slot, for you to use as you like. More

Design Museum Presents: Creating and Strengthening Communities - 6:00 PM
In the city, you see individual cyclists all the time. For the weekend warriors, sometimes you see larger groups. But outside of the camaraderie of the sport, how else are Chicagoans building communities with bicycles? Join us at 6 pm on Thursday, 2/7 to hear from a variety of people, including panelists from Envision Unlimited, TPAN, and Romina N. Castillo, Community Planner at Muse Community + Design, and Vision Zero Consultant at the Chicago Department of Transportation, about their work and impact. More

Chicago Suburb Hackerspace: Workshop 88 - 6:30 PM
Every Thursday night we have our public meeting starting at 7:00 pm. Meetings are always free and open to the public. Come build something with us! More

Mokena SpaceLab Public Hack Night - 7:00 PM
A night for the public to come in and work on projects, talk to members, and hang out. We may be working on our Maker Faire, or fixing a 3D printer, or souping up a racing car. Who knows! Come on out and meet us. No skills or prior knowledge required. More

Friday, February 8

Digital Marketing Tools for Artists - 10:00 AM
Please join us on February 8 for a FREE FIELD/WORK Workshop! Birk Creative, Illinois lead for the Google Digital Coaches program, will present a special workshop for artists with a working website that want to learn how to effectively monetize their craft, ideas and products. Informed by over 20 years of professional experience in branding and marketing while maintaining her own creative practice, JinJa will discuss the importance of branding and defining your unique value proposition, share recommendations for various social media platforms, and address other methods of connecting with your audience and customers online. A laptop, tablet, or smart mobile device is recommended to get the most out of this interactive experience, but it is not required. More

Improvisatory Music Workshop - 12:00 PM
Ishmael Ali & David Fletcher host a weekly session focusing on various improvisatory concepts including parameter based improvistion, polyrhythm, set theory, and works by Anthony Braxton, Yusef Lateef, and others. Open to all instruments. More

Shawn Allen: Building Game Cities: More Than Pixel Bricks and Bumpy Asphalt - 2:00 PM
Cities have a long history in film, fine art, music, and video games, and for good reason: they’re fascinating! For this workshop Shawn, a former Rockstar Games trailer artist on games such as Grand Theft Auto IV and Red Dead Redemption, current designer of the city based Treachery in Beatdown City, and lifelong New York City resident on a multimedia journey to unpack how cities exist in media at large and how they’ve historically existed in games. Shawn will go over how we can use this media history, and explore the techniques that directors, designers, artists, etc. have used to represent/create their own ideas of cities to build our own game cities. More

Home Video Day - 6:00 PM
Come laugh and cry at the touching and beguiling world of home movies made public. Co-organized by independent archivists and pros from Chicago’s own essential archives, Video Data Bank and Media Burn, Home Video Day invites you to dig up your own tapes from the closet to be viewed or sit back and watch decades past as captured by others. Public Programs at the MCA are organized by Curator of Public Programs January Parkos Arnall and Assistant Curator of Public Programs Christy LeMaster. More

Saturday, February 9

Sarofsky Labs Weekend Workshop #1: Designing for Motion - 8:00 AM
One of the things we do daily at Sarofsky is communicate to clients to help them visualize an idea so they better understand what something is going to be like without us actually doing it. Sometimes we communicate via style frames, sometimes motion boards and sometimes motion tests. In this workshop we will provide a creative brief similar to an actual job we have produced. Each of the participants will be given the opportunity to develop a pitch for how they would bring their idea to life. In the end, you will have created a presentation with one or many solutions to the creative brief. Designing for motion is for any designer or artist who is curious about how to start bringing their work to life in motion. More

Advanced Embroidery Class - 10:00 AM
Learn additional stitching and techniques that will enhance your embroidery skills! Specifically "Puntada de Tanango" Some experience required. This class is for individuals who have taken the Traditional Mexican Embroidery class in past months, or have basic embroidery stitching experience. Instructor: Adriana Peña 13 and older / Bilingual Instruction NOTE: This is a One Day class. More

Community Bookbinding with Regin Igloria - 10:00 AM
Create handmade blank books you can fill with your ideas. Learn basic binding techniques using easily found materials from artist + master bookbinder Regin Igloria of North Branch Projects. Each participant will come away with personalized book(s). All tools and materials will be provided. This is an all-ages workshop, also suitable for educators. More

Urban Livestock Expo - 10:30 AM
The 2019 Urban Livestock Expo returns! See the full program schedule here for details on all 20 FREE workshops on raising goats, chickens, ducks, bees, and quail in the city! More

Art Battle Chicago - February 9, 2019 - 7:00 PM
Art Battle® is stoked to be heading to Chicago! Grab your best pals and come enjoy an amazing evening of live competitive painting as artists have 20 minutes to take their canvases from blank to beautiful, battling not only the clock but each other as well. Watch the paint fly before your eyes and help vote to determine the Champion! More

Sunday, February 10

Cars & Coffee Winter Mornings - 8:00 AM
It’s turning chilly and the summer cars are being stored away. Does that really need to mean the car shows will end? We see no reason for that. Afterall, we have a heated garage! So, during the winter season, we invite you to bring whatever car you drive in the cold to enjoy Cars & Coffee Winter Mornings presented by Gearhead Workspace. Gather with friends and fellow gearheads to discuss why you love your winter vehicle or what you miss most about summer. 8:00-10:00 a.m. on the second Sunday of every month until Spring. More

Galentine’s Day Embroidery Workshop - 11:00 AM
Chicago Local Embroidery Workshop: February 10, 2019 from 11 am- 1:30 pm CST Class location: Honey Hive Salon 4636 n Ravenswood Chicago, IL 60640 Suite #104 CLASS DESCRIPTION: This class will teach THREE basic stitches useful for all types of embroidery, with a focus on traditional embroidery with a modern twist. More

Curated by: Ray Doeksen

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