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Ignite Craft Boston 2

Common Cod Fiber Guild

Friday, January 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM (EST)

Cambridge, MA

Ignite Craft Boston 2

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Craft, Community, and 5 Minute Presentations

Ignite Craft Boston 2 is an Ignite event with a crafty crowd. If you had five minutes on stage to talk about your crafty passion in Boston, what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the world folks have been putting together Ignite nights to show their answers.

Come join the Boston area crafting community for Ignite Craft Boston 2 on

Friday, January 13th, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

32 Vassar Street, room 123

Cambridge, MA 02140

Doors open at 6:30 and presentations begin at 7:00pm.

The event is free; however, due to limited space at the venue you must RSVP.


The Stata Center, at 32 Vassar St., is located between Main St and Mass Ave. It's closest to the Kendall T stop on the red line.

Street parking is plentiful in this neighborhood, but you can also park in the 139 Mass Ave MIT parking lot after 4pm.

Help out

Please print and post a #icraft flier where ever you can.

Please let others know about the event using the social network of your choice and the hash tag #icraft.

Submit a presentation

If you would like to speak, please submit a proposal here. All talks will be recorded and posted on the web after the event. Please submit your presentation by Jan 3rd. We will post a planned agenda as the presentations are accepted.

Help out

Watch some Craft Ignite Boston Video from last year to get an idea about what these talks look like.


Here are some ideas of what talks at Ignite Craft: Boston will be about:


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Or-egg-ami: Fun with Egg Cartons
by Jeannine Mosely

I make polyhedral sculptures by weaving together strips cut from egg cartons. I call this art form "or-egg-ami". I would like to talk about how I invented this craft, and describe the materials and techniques I use to design my models, and touch briefly on the mathematics of the designs.


Artisan's Asylum: How to Create a Gigantic Craft Community in the Blink of an Eye
by Gui Cavalcanti of Artisan's Asylum

Artisan's Asylum is a community workshop in Somerville, Massachusetts that's expanded from 1,000 to 31,000 square feet in a year and a half, and now boasts a community of over 150 resident artists, artisans, engineers, designers, entrepreneurs and small businesses. The space offers public access to manufacturing equipment, craft classes, and rentable storage and studio space. Learn how this crazy community came together in the blink of an eye with almost no money behind it, and learn how to recreate its success in your own community.


Keep Calm and Have Some Pie
by Lucy Lee of Mind's Eye Yarns

The making of pie has been a bit of a family tradition. My mother and I have entire converstations about pie. So many people are intimidated by the thought of making pie (especially the crust) when it is actually quite fun! It's like a craft project you get to eat! I will share my tricks and tips gained over the years and, hopefully, demystify the making of good pie.


Stash Busting for the Time-Pressed
by Christina Inge

If you are a knitter, you have a stash of yarn. If you're a quilter, you have fabrics in boxes somewhere...There are so many quality fibers out there, we all purchase something great with a plan of using it ""someday"". But when pressed for time, that lovely bin of supplies beckons unheeded far too often. How do you work through some of your favorite yarns or fabrics in the limited crafting time you have, without resorting to ol' standbys, scarves or one-patch quilts? What are some interesting ways to work up random skeins of yarn and yards of fabric, without the finished project looking random? A slideshow of inspiration, with a set of project handouts.


NCCA Net Works // Knit and Crochet to Cure Empty Net Syndrome
by Maria Molteni of MOLTENi Net Works

Dr. James Naismith, who created the game of basketball in Springfield, MA, posed a recycled peach basket as the first hoop in 1891. Now nets impact the game in important ways, but they also add to the audio, kinetic, and aesthetic experience that leave players striving for “Nothin But Net”. Over a year ago NCAA (New Craft Artists in Action) team captain launched MOLTENi Net Works in Boston. Bringing together makers and players in collaborative exchange, the project aims to create functional, hand-crafted basketball nets for neglected public hoops. Inspired by DIY slow production, this process fosters creative problem solving, urban upkeep, and re-purposing of abandoned space to build a pro-active network between artists, athletes, and neighbors. Help us bring this structure back to its woven roots and expand its potential for creative expression.


Sewing as a Vehicle for Self-Expression
by Lucinda Campbell of the Sew Wrong. blog

Ever since I was young, sewing has been the one craft that has always stuck with me. It has no limits: I can envision a dress in my head and make it into a reality with a pattern, some fabric, and a little time. Clothes express who we are and sewing is the vehicle that creates that expression. I will present how learning how to sew a simple drawstring skirt launched my sewing (and style) evolution that evolved from sewing medieval dresses and corsets to sundresses and jumpsuits.


From the Movie Factory to Craft Community: Costume Designer Becomes Entrepreneur
by Virginia B. Johnson of Gather Here

Once upon a time there was a little girl who only wore strawberry print fabrics and red shoes. The young girl wore handmade for most of her life. The daughter and granddaughter of crafty geniuses, she would design, sew and hand-sequins her prom dress. Naturally, she would train to be a costume designer and stylist. First working in the theater doing summer stock and regional theater gigs. She would grow tired of being a "starving artist" and "sold her soul" to work in the film and television industry. She would work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, fifteen hours a day for all but 20 days between 2007 and 2009. One summer evening, artist and collaborator, Joe Barillaro, would ask, "Why aren't we devoting 15 hours a day to our dreams?" after a 90 hour work week filming a movie none of us believed in. And gather here was born. A year of small business workshops, personal austerity measures to make the initial investment, all while continuing to work on film projects would lead to a physical space in Cambridge. Without any real experience in retail she would rely on her experience in film and education to create and manage this venture. Blending a gallery space, studio and retail environment to create a unique experience for the crafting community.


Where do Bees Come From?
by Dean Stiglitz & Laurie Herboldsheimer of Golden Rule Honey

The theory and mechanics behind the breeding of honeybees is beyond imagination. Everyone knows that the queen rules and that the workers, well - work. But did you know that the drones don't have fathers? And that technically queens mate with one another? A crash course in Bee Sex 101 in 20 slides!


Custom Cut: How to Turn Your Creative Craft Into a Business
by Samantha Shih of 9tailors

As a young professional, I found it difficult to find clothing that fit her body type, style and budget. In 2007, I set out to create 9tailors, a company that addressed these exact needs. I turned my love of custom clothing and interest in business into a small start up at the end of 2008. Fast forward three years later, I've turned this passion into a thriving business with 4 full time staff and over 1000 clients. It was not an easy journey to this point. While there have been many successes, there were many mistakes and mishaps along the way. Gain insight into how I was able to turn a creative idea into a small business.


Material and Process
by Jodi Colella

As a mixed media sculptor, Jodi transforms ordinary materials into the unexpected. Material and process play a large role with her approach to each project which begin with traditional techniques like crochet, felt or weave, and then morph into their own categories. Her materials have ranged from aluminum screen to plastic newspaper sleeves to fishing ropes that have washed ashore. Here's a review of some of the recent transformations that have emerged from her art practice.


Kickin' It Old School: Thoughts on Lost Crafts from a Modern Day Hornsmith
by Mike Burke

For centuries, highly skilled artisans crafted a brilliant array of inexpensive, utilitarian goods from cow horn. Then, in the mid-19th century, synthetic plastics arrived on the scene, all but destroying this once flourishing trade. In the span of a few short decades, scores of other handcrafts would share a similar fate. Fortunately, our current desire to get back to our crafty roots, coupled with unprecedented access to information, means that there's never been a better time to discover lost crafts. Using my own creative journey as a modern day hornsmith as a guide, I'll discuss some sound reasons for going old school (including low material cost and environmental sustainability), and lay down a blueprint of sorts for finding, preserving and sharing your fledgling craft with the world. Artisans, crafters, doers and makers of all stripes will find inspiration, humor and lots of shared experience along the way.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
32 Vassar St
Cambridge, MA 02142

Friday, January 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM (EST)

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