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Makers Digest 12/10/18

Upcoming Events

Monday, December 10

Macrame Snowflakes: Feel Good Giving with Lululemon - 7:00 PM
Join founder and the working hands behind Urban Macrame Fibers, Kenyatta Forbes, for a macrame lesson where you will learn the art of knotting and create a holiday snowflake! More

Tuesday, December 11

Dry Air Clay Class (Ages 7-10) - 4:00 PM
In this class, we will learn basic hand-building skills utilizing air-dry clay. We will learn both coil building and slab rolling to build dimensionally. Over the course of the several weeks we will discuss the methods of making with clay and work to create sculptures. On the first day we will sketch several creatures and in the following weeks, we will work to construct them in clay. Once they dry, the pieces will be painted and finalized. The course aims to reveal basic methods in clay and allow the students to use their imaginations to build their own fantastic creatures. Cost: $170 More

Women’s Work at Hull-House and Beyond: The Feminist Agenda - 5:30 PM
Come to the culminating scholar-in-residence talk, “Women’s Work at Hull-House and Beyond: The Feminist Agenda through Arts and Crafts,” presented by Melissa Potter, artist and Associate Professor, Art & Art History Department, Columbia College Chicago, in conversation with Jennifer Scott, Director and Chief Curator, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. More

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

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 arond for 300 Seconds of Fame, our open-mic night for presentations. More

Wednesday, December 12

Chi-burners' Meet'n'Greet - December 2018 - 6:30 AM
Every month Chicago burners get together for a meet'n'greet at a local watering hole. There's no agenda, no cover, and no cover. Just a few libations and eats with a bunch of fellow burners from around Chicagoland! More

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

SPARK Microgrant Info Session - 5:30 PM
Join us for an information session regarding CAC's new SPARK Microgrant, A Program of The Joyce Foundation and Chicago Artists Coalition. The SPARK Microgrant is an annual, unrestricted award opportunity for Chicago-based visual artists who identify as ALAANA (Asian, Latinx, Arab, African diaspora, Native), an artist with a demonstrated need, an artist with a disability, or as a self-taught or informally trained artist who is striving to make their art practice a primary vocation. 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

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, December 13

Keep Moving: Shifting Gears Exhibit at ChiDM all week - 12:00 PM
Keep Moving: Shifting Gears is a celebration of bikes and design, check out the exhibit on Level 3 of Block 37 at the Chicago Design Museum. In conjunction with Keep Moving: Designing Chicago’s Bicycle Culture on view at Expo 72, stories of innovation, freedom, class, gender, manufacturing, and history will encourage visitors to think about how design can make the world a better place. More

Odes & Tattoos Gallery Talk - 5:30 PM
In Odes and Tattoos, student artists have studied, explored and rendered visually the ode as a poetic commemorative device, and tattoos as visual markers of personal events and histories. This Gallery Talk will feature students, teaching artists, and teachers in conversation about their process. Please join us in the Michigan Avenue Galleries at the Chicago Cultural Center, 1st Floor South, for this FREE final event of CAPE's Odes and Tattoos exhibition! More

How to Draw in Museums (Part I) - 5:30 PM
Make the most of your museum trip through the act of drawing the art on view. Join the Smart Museum of Art and The Art Institute of Chicago for a special two-part workshop on drawing in museums. PART I Thursday, December 13. Pick up a sketchbook and pencil and learn secret techniques from an incredible group of Chicago artists who got their start in Hyde Park, the Hairy Who. Part I of this two-part program begins with an in-gallery drawing exercise and a deep dive tour of a masterful painting by Sullen Rocca as well vintage Hyde Park Art Center posters and comix on view in the exhibition The Time Is Now! Then, draw and sketch motifs and Hairy Who-inspired tattoo designs for use in Part II at the Art Institute. More

Adult Mask Making Classes - 6:30 PM
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. Tuition $200 for 8 weeks... The third level is for those who have taken the first two classes, know the way the studio works, and have personal projects to do. Tuition $30/night. More

Artist Talk: Christien Meindertsma - 6:30 PM
Please note this program will now take place in Price Auditorium. Christien Meindertsma thoroughly explores the life of products and raw materials in her work. In some instances, the result of her projects may be the record of a process itself. In others, her investigations lead to commercial products. Careful investigation and documentation, themes of local production and underexplored resources characterize her work. Meindertsma seeks to reveal processes that have become distant in industrialization and encourage a deeper understanding of the materials and products that surround us. More

Chicago Suburb Hackerspace: Workshop 88 - 7:00 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, December 14

DMen Tap Coaster Decorating Party - 3:00 PM
DMen Tap is has a little coaster decorating party every Friday afternoon. Get inspired and be artistic so our customers have something fun to look at when they set their drinks down. More

Saturday, December 15

Let's Create a Game! - 1:00 PM
Learn how to design and Code Games. We will create a game from scratch. Have fun showing off your creations. Computers and Software provided. Ages 7 and up. More

Sunday, December 16

Chicago Artists and Makers Series: Incense Making (BYOB) - 1:00 PM
Looking for something fun and unique to do on a Sunday afternoon? Join artist Mike Paré for this BYOB hands-on, sensory introduction to the ancient art of Incense making and natural incense materials.  More

Hovet Fashion Studio Monthly Maker's Night - 4:00 PM
Come one, come all bring whatever smallish (dry) projects and lets have a community MAKE night! Sewing(bring your own home sewing machine), knitting, hand sewing, quilting, applique project, drawing/design project, collage project, latch hooking, water colors, drawing, coding(bring your own laptop), etc. All are welcome to come chill in a friendly space with others. Bring any materials you may need to work. If you have any concerns about the size of your project or materials let us know. Lets get out of winter hibernation and meet some new like minded people who also like to MAKE! More

Curated by: Ray Doeksen

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