To celebrate National Craft Month, this Saturday, March 8, more than a dozen makers will invite the public to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what they do at a special event: Maker’s Day: Watch. Make. Take! The artisans will explain the process behind their work—and many will give the public a chance to try it for themselves through make & take projects!
The sessions—from sewing to chainmaille jewelry to paper folding to lampwork glass—will run on a rotating schedule from 11 am to 6 pm here at Blue Buddha Boutique (1127 W. Granville in Chicago). All activities are family friendly and suitable for beginners. Admission is free. Most projects are free; a few have a modest fee to cover materials (under $5).
ZeroLandfill Chicago – Make & Take: Painting on Laminate Chips/Tile Magnets
Blue Buddha Boutique – Make & Take: Chainmaille Zipper Pull or Earrings
Chicago School of Shoe Making & Leather Arts – Make & Take: Get Your Leather Working Skills Started (3-4 Projects to Choose From)
Organic Headshots – Photobooth with Costume Accessories
11:00 – 1:30 – Meandering Design and Letterpress by Lydia – Make & Take: Stamping, Heat Embossing and Embroidery
11:00 – 2:30 – Astrida Naturals – Make & Take: Bath Salts
1:00 – 5:00 – Drawn With Fire – Demo: Wood Burn
1:00 – 5:00 – April Llewellyn & Greta Bach – Make & Take: Flexagons! Paper Folding A One-Page Book
1:00 – 6:00 – Cre8Time – Open Crafting: Finish or start a crafty or hacker project! (Participants must bring their own materials and tools.)
1:00 – 6:00 – Blue Buddha Boutique – Demo: Anodizing a Metal Called Niobium
2:30 – 6:00 – Edgewater Workbench – Demo: 3D Printer
2:30 – 6:00 – Christina Pei – Demo: Lockpicking
3:00 – 6:00 – Leslie Rosario – Make & Take: Pink is the New Black – Basic Wire Wrap
3:30 – 6:00 – Laura Rodriguez – Make & Take: Soy Lotion Candles
4:00 – 6:00 – Everlasting Fire Studio – Demo: Lampwork Glass
The event is jointly sponsored by the Chicago Craft Mafia (of which Rebeca is a member) and Blue Buddha Boutique. Maker’s Day is held on March 8 to coincide with the Cre8Time movement of the Craft & Hobby Association.