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Chicago Artists and Makers Series: Incense Making (BYOB)

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ReBuilding Exchange

1740 West Webster Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614

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Looking for something fun and unique to do on a Sunday afternoon? Join artist Mike Paré for this BYOB hands-on, sensory introduction to the ancient art of Incense making and natural incense materials.

The Workshop consists of 3 parts:

Part 1: Incense Burning
Participants will learn historical and cultural aspects of incense. They will get acquainted with incense materials by burning them with a charcoal and censer. Creative and interactive exercises will involve incense burning and smelling ingredients, while learning the philosophy and techniques around formulating an incense blend.

Part 2: Formulation
Participants choose from a selection of prepared incense materials, including Frankincense, myrrh, lavender, sage, cedar, sandalwood, patchouli, and more. Then, formulate, assemble, and mix their blends.

Part 3: Hand Rolling Incense
Participants form their blend into a burnable form by hand rolling cones or joss sticks. Each participant will finish the workshop with 12-20 pieces of incense. Drying and storage of incense will be discussed.


NOTE: Rolled incense takes up to 48 hours to dry completely. Participants are encouraged to bring a small, airtight plastic container or tube to transport your finished incense.

All materials for making 12-20 incense pieces are included in the cost of the class. Additional incense materials will be available for purchase.

Please note this is a BYOB event. Bring the good stuff and share a bottle or two. You may leave with great art and a new friend. Participants enjoying alcoholic beverages must be 21.



THE ARTIST

Visual artist Mike Paré started exploring incense making in 2015 after finding it hard to get his hands on incense made with natural ingredients. He found that most commercially sold incense is made with artificial fragrance oils and burning accelerants. He researched Japanese incense making and that inspired him to try and make his own natural, hand-rolled incense. Mike has spent a lot time researching what materials burn well, where to source premium aromatics and how to put them all together. A student of aesthetics, herbalism and anthropology, he is constantly expanding his awareness of plants and the therapeutic properties they offer. More information can be found at www.zouzincense.com.

Workshop Policies: Please review policies below before committing to a workshop.

  • All workshops are 18+; no woodworking experience necessary;
  • If Rebuilding Exchange needs to cancel a workshop, we will notify you 24 before the class and give you the option of refund or reschedule;
  • If you are unable to attend your one-time workshop, email us 48-hours before the class starts. If you are unable to make your series class, email us one week before the class starts;
  • Materials are included in the fee for the workshop; and
  • One couple’s ticket allows for two people to make one item together.
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