In conjunction with Hot Art Wet City’s Teenage Wasteland show, come exorcize your lingering teen angst by channeling that self-doubt and anguish into making an ugly creature. Mini 1-hour workshop includes all materials; no crafts experience required. Plan to stay longer for drinks and conversation! $15. Register here.
I’ll be giving a talk on Sunday at 11:30am, and you should come to it! It’ll be a proper conversation, so bring tales and woes of mistakes and failure and making stuff anyway.
Here’s a video from last year’s event, to further convince you to come.
Last week I had the pleasure of being the first speaker in a new series at Vancouver gallery Hot Art Wet City. Chris, the gallery owner, recorded my talk and the ensuing conversation. Grab something to make and have a listen while you work:
This weekend is the 2nd annual Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, and we’ll be there!
Find us in the middle of the old Forum building at the PNE, set up for making ugly creatures.
The event runs from 10am-6pm both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at the door, and in advance for a couple bucks off.
Hope to see you there.
Last week, on a whim, I pitched a story to some radio people who were putting together a whole show in just 48 hours. In conjunction with the brilliant public-radio show Radiolab and the 99% Conference in New York City, Longshot Radio was exploring the topic of creativity, revision and failure. If Mighty Ugly’s not about that, I don’t know what it’s about.
To my surprise and delight, I ended up working with a Radiolab producer on the piece I wrote and recorded in less than 24 hours. It was an honour to be part of such a smart and ambitious project, and downright awesome to have my piece included in the final show.
Here it is:
Last year I was only able to run the Mighty Ugly crafting booth for a few hours each day of Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. But this year! Oh, this year I’m determined to have the ugly crafting going on the whole time.
To do that, I’m gonna need some help. That’s where you might come in.
If you’re jacked up by the idea of being a Maker but you’re not quite ready to show off your own project, come help me with Mighty Ugly! You’ll get to experience the event from the other side of the table yet still have loads of time to check out all the other amazing stuff as well.
Check out the form below, and submit it if you’d like to help be a part of something ugly and amazing and creative and wonderful.
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We’re hosting a Make Something Ugly space at the One of a Kind Show in Vancouver!
These will be mini versions of our longer workshops – all the crafts fun, not so much the deeper thinking. We’ll be making wee ugly creatures that may (or may not at all) make for great stocking stuffers. A perfect break from your handmade holiday shopping! No crafts experience necessary
The workshops are free with admission to the show. Since space is limited, registration is required. Sign up today! And bring some friends. All the sessions are listed on our Upcoming Events page.
I had a blast making a creature, photographing it, and writing up the decisions I made for a tutorial post over on the CRAFT blog. If you’ve been a little intimidated about making an ugly creature, maybe this step-by-step will help you out!
That’s right, kids. We’ve entered the modern era by finally fully figuring out how to take workshop registrations online. We hope it makes adventuring with ugly a little more convenient for you.
So try it out! We’re now taking registrations for our Saturday, October 8th workshop at Plush on Main in Vancouver. I know, fall seems far away. But just think how psyched you’ll be in two months to have a good weekend activity already set up for yourself.
To celebrate this shiny convenience, we set our schmancy online shop to give you a $5 discount when you buy two registrations. So bring a friend! Bring a date!
(And if you hit a snag during registration, please let me know. It’s a new system, after all, and I’ll appreciate your help working out any bugs!)