Mighty Ugly is beautifully suited to be a maker workshop or crafts event at your library. Below are some tips for running a workshop based on the flagship exercise in Make It Mighty Ugly. Please contact me if you’d like to arrange for me to Skype in to your event or provide any additional support or information!
What's a Mighty Ugly Workshop and Why Host One at Your Library?
A Mighty Ugly workshop is an opportunity to spend a couple of hours examining our creative experience and getting to know our creative demons a little. Over a couple of hours, participants talk about how they feel about making ugly things – which are, generally speaking, considered to be total failures of our creative efforts – and they use basic arts-and-crafts supplies to make an ugly creature that’s ugly on purpose.
You should host a workshop at your branch because you love bringing people into the library to learn, experiment, ask questions and engage with ideas. If you’re like many librarians I’ve talked with, you’re also pretty keen on the maker movement, and you may struggle to bring not-young and not-elderly patrons through your doors. A Mighty Ugly workshop involves having adult participants use everyday doodads, items from the recycling bin, and basic craft supplies to make an ugly creature. The point of the exercise is to do something we usually avoid when we make stuff – by deliberately making something ugly (not cute-ugly, ugly-ugly!), we’re able to confront the creative demons that try so hard to make us feel bad when we try to make stuff under normal circumstances. And it allows us to gain some perspective on our general experience of making stuff. No matter who we are or how we think of ourselves – as artistic or untalented or creative or not at all creative – we all make stuff, whether it’s dinner for our family, blankets for charity, or art to sell through exclusive galleries.
"Werker provides a thoughtful look at the internal voices that keep people from expressing their creativity in a book that will work well beyond the crafting world; anyone needing to identify their own blocks will find this inspiring title useful in their own lives." [link]Library Journal