Thursday, May 28, 2009

June events for the Indy Craft Mafia

We've got some exciting things coming up this month and I wanted to remind you all of the details.

Friday, June 5th - 6-9 p.m. at the Harrison Center for the Arts
1505 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Outdoor textiles installation, in collaboration with the Yarnburners.
FREE live music by Shirtless Biddles from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
+ a bluegrass pickin' circle afterward. (open to all ages and levels of experience, open to the public, not just ICM members)
Please come out and help us hang our work. Even if you were unable to complete a piece for the outdoor installation, join us to meet new members, relax and enjoy the music and camaraderie. Bring a small cooler with beverages (yes, the adult kind are allowed) and snacks. Bring your whole family. If you want to participate in the pickin' circle, bring your favorite instrument and a mind full of tunes you'd like to play. Weather permitting, we will be outside in the Delaware Street courtyard, if not, we will be indoors in the gymnasium.

Saturday, June 13 - 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. at the Harrison Center for the Arts
1505 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
INDIEana Handicraft Exchange (indoors) in conjunction with the Independent Music + Art Festival (outdoors)
plus, the opening of our Craft Mafia gallery show (indoors in the main gallery)
FREE to the public
Many of our Indy Craft Mafia members have booth space at the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange, and we will have an Indy Craft Mafia table where several of our members will be working to promote our group and show off projects of their own. Please come out to support each and every one of them. If you have not volunteered to hang out at the Indy Craft Mafia table yet and would like to, we could use an extra person on a couple of shifts. The current schedule is as follows:

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Melissa Carter
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. – Amy McAdams, Janet Stimac, Andrea McNeely
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. – Earlynn Collier
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. – Nikki Hrycak Godersky
7 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Jamie Long

Our Craft Mafia gallery show should be impressive, as well. It will be a small show, but the work is high-quality. Big thanks to Amy McAdams for organizing the gallery show and to all of our members who contributed pieces.

We do have the Indy Craft Mafia t-shirts now, so if you haven't yet picked yours up, let me know and I will bring it to one of the events above. You get a shirt if you joined at the $40 Capo level, $60 Boss level, or if you want to pay $10 for one.

That's what's on the calendar for June. We'll have some casual social meetings at the beginning of July, and another workshop toward the end of July.

Hope to see you all on the 5th!

Take care.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Next meeting: Sunday, May 17

Hello again. I know we have been terrible about updating our blog lately. I apologize. We are attempting to redistribute some duties to make sure updates occur more frequently. Please bear with us. We're still working out some kinks. Our website will be cleaned up/redesigned this summer, as well.

First order of business:
Please join us on Sunday, May 17th from 3-6pm, to work on your craffiti creations for the June outdoor textiles installation and gallery opening. As you all know, we have been commissioned to tag the outside of the Harrison Center and, instead of sticking to yarn for our tagging, we invite you to create something using whatever textiles material you feel most comfortable working with. There will be artists working in crochet, macrame, knitting, needle felting, quilting and more. You can wrap a tree branch, door handle, stair railing, etc. Wherever you want to leave your mark. Bring your supplies, snacks and beverage (beer and/or alcohol is welcome, btw) and we'll enjoy great company along with great weather (hopefully). If it's nice, we'll set up outside. If it's raining, we'll head indoors. Either way, it should be a great time to create, collaborate and get to know other creative people.

Also, this would be a good time to bring any extra fabric or supplies that you'd like to swap or donate to the group.

Other Upcoming Events & Important Dates:
- Friday, May 22: all pieces for the Craft Mafia gallery show due to the HCA office or to Amy directly
- Friday, June 5 (from 6-9pm): Install outdoor textiles works ("craffiti creations") at the HCA, live music by Shirtless Biddles, FREE admission
- Saturday, June 13 (from 11am-10pm): INDIEana Handicraft Exchange & Craft Mafia gallery show opening at the HCA, FREE admission (we'd like volunteers to show their current personal projects and work a shift at the Indy Craft Mafia table at the front entrance)
- Monday, July 6 @ 7pm: Indy Craft Mafia Getting to Know You (location TBD, at a bar or restaurant)
- Sunday, July 26 (from 3-6pm): monthly meeting/workshop (activity, location TBD)