Pressing Matter

Welcome to November 2020 and the Eve of the United States Presidential election. I wish the best to the sanity of our nation! This divisive situation has put many families at odds, broken friendships, and burdened us as humans who seem to forget our true basic needs. This has become a football game, fight to the finish, head to head challenge. If you are not on one side or the other, you’re wrong! I’ve played that card too many times these past four plus years, but really just want the best for my community. It seems easy, but we just can’t seem to get along. History just keeps repeating itself.

Pussyhat Project

Craftivism was a term I learned during the last presidential election. Anyone who uses their craft for the greater good is a craftivist, according to Betsy Greer. If you recall the pink hat project that resulted in the 2017 Women’s March on Capitol Hill, you might have been one of the Makers of the Moment then, stitching hats to cover the head of anyone willing to march. Then, pink yarn was just as scarce to find as toilet paper was in March or canning jars in August (even now!) of this year.

Craftivism

The Pussyhat Project is just one example in the history of Craftivism. While this movement swept the world in the last election, we currently witness 4×4 Trucks of Volunteer Troops invading our town roads and waterways with their political pride. The dichotomy of the history I am living is truly unbelievable. I often wonder if I am part of a Hunger Games trilogy or simply facing the the coming of a Battle Royale.

Natural Dyed Fabric

“Sew,” I took what bit of craftivism I could muster during this everlasting pandemic and started pressing things of my own before I grab the ballot tomorrow. With the help of a trusty Cricut and some heat transfer vinyl, I transformed my fabric from my last post. As a female in the United States of America, the Nineteenth Amendment is the only law allowing me to actually place my claim on a ballot, therefore it is my mantra. Once I discovered the late Notorious RBG was rapidly replaced by a female willing to set aside female rights, I had to start cruising on my sewing machine for my own political statement. I took the fabric dyed with nature’s Goldenrod to give a little hope to the situation.

Nineteenth Amendment

The Women’s Suffrage Movement took decades to win! What is it about giving women rights that causes such offense? Celebrating 100 years of victory in that epic battle, I choose to wear this law proudly as I make my vote for myself and for those fought to allow me this privilege.

Amendment XIX, The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

This is a pressing matter. We must not sit on our loins and allow our voices to go unspoken. Get out and Vote!

Feminism is my favorite “F” Word

Freedom is really my favorite “F” word, but I recognize we are all born indentured servants to the political system. We can let politics rule and guide us, or we can Let Love Rule. It took a long time to develop a dialogue with my family of opposing political views. Rather than aggravate each other with antagonistic actions, we choose laughter and lightness. The most important value we remember is to love and stay friends, despite our differences. We choose to just get along. I hope you can do the same.

May the odds be ever in your favor.<3

That’s a wrap for this stationary moment. I’ll check you on the flip side!

Empire State Maker Fair

October 16th & 17th. Call for Makers open now through September 20th.

When in-person events are nearly impossible, we go virtual! That is the route Maker Faire Twin Tiers will venture this year in consideration of the Covid-19 outbreak. Our friends at Maker Faire are leading the way to hlep us host a virtual event slated for October 16 and 17, 2020. This event will be all online, but there is a call for makers to apply NOW. The deadline for applications is September 20, so no time for procrastination!

Dan Schneiderman is the organizer of this virtual event, which combines all New York State Maker Faires into one event to rule them all. Twin Tiers will join Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Long Island, Fredonia, and World Maker Faire to give our audience an experience unlike any other. Let’s stroll down memory lane to entice folks from New York State inclined to the Maker Culture to apply to be part of this Epic Event.

Power Tool Drag Race

Maker Faire Twin Tiers is well known for the Power Tool Drag Race. Participants customize power tools to be able to race down a wooden track. Finding the best tool for the task can often be tough, but making the machine aerodynamic and able to steer a straight line is often impossible! Dewalt generously donated power tools as prizes to first and second place winners in 2019.

Creation Station Crew with the Makerbot Replicator

Our maker faire has traveled the region over several years. We began at the Steele Memorial Library in Elmira, New York, but soon grew too large for the venue. The faire then moved to the Arnot Mall for a few years, until we found the perfect setting for a learning event like this. The Corning Community College is one of our partners and sponsors their campus as the location for Maker Faire Twin Tiers.

What better place to grow the Maker Culture than at a college? The Southeast Steuben County Library makerspace, Creation Station, brings so many goodies to the event each year. Above, you see our amazing crew having too much fun at the mall telling our patrons all things Maker. Our 3D printer runs the entire event with raffles throughout the day. Each crew member finds their favorite activity to highlight, too. We love the makeup effects Painted Love by Jennifer Sekella offers.

Corning is well known for glassblowing, so it seemed obvious that we needed to cover that topic. Luckily in 2019, we had 2 options for viewing. On the left is Mobile Glassblowing Studios from Americus, Georgia. Their equipment is totally mobile, making it perfect for touring Maker Faires!

On the right is a wood-fire ceramic kiln built by Fred Herbst, who instructed ceramics at the college for 20 years. He invited glassblowers from the Corning Museum of Glass to show their skills at this unique furnace. The odd thing about our faire in 2019 was that it SNOWED! That’s right, our April 27, 2019 maker faire gave snow and gusts of wind that no one anticipated. Sometimes weather in the Finger Lakes can be unpredictable.

Our own Mascot!

The organizers of Maker Faire Twin Tiers always think of ways to make the event more enticing and memorable. If snow in April is not memorable enough, we ensured some quality enticement with Zack & Wheezy, the two-headed, fire and water breathing dragon! This beast was built by the Auto Body Welding class of 2019 and we can’t wait to get it back out to the public in 2021.

Apply to be a Maker today!

If you have a knack for creativity, tinkering, problem solving, building, engineering, or designing (the list does not stop there…), put your talents on display for us and help take over the Empire. Be sure to click this link to apply before September 20 to be considered for Empire State Maker Faire. Watch this video to learn more.

While Maker Faire is foremost in this post, I still have so many projects and fun stuff to share. I discovered the glory of harvesting plants for natural dye techniques and am excited to share the results. Last Friday was my first Field Trip to a local Micro Farm to see what’s happening in our neck of the woods. Hints are pending soon to get you all traipsing through the woods on a treasure hunt. I promise to share all the news, but none of the secrets. You have to be the hunter for those.

Nooshe Joon and Geocaching

I leave you with some snippets and hints to your view next week. Until then, get outside! Keep calm and Let nature ❤

That’s a wrap for this stationary moment. I’ll check you on the flip side!

World Art Day

Mindy the Mask Maker ” design by Toby Maurer, https://thebrandinghouse.com/

I’m back from the Face-Mask-Sewing Trenches (needed to give my back a break)! Are you as grateful for the FREE YOGA SESSIONS each Friday morning at 10am with Elizabeth Moses as I am? To seamsters around the world pressing pedals to the floor to protect their community members, we are ever-grateful for your spirit. My studio hummed all week with over 50 masks made by this Factory-of-One in the style of Tangled Hangers.

While we are all busy figuring out time in this parallel universe, ART still surges! In 2020, April 15 is no longer Tax Day. According to UNESCO, April 15 is WORLD ART DAY. World Art Day, a celebration to promote the development, diffusion and enjoyment of art, was proclaimed at the 40th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 2019. Considering this revelation, now is a great time to share this amazing contest to all the mask makers out there.

Contest details at https://woobox.com/ink6fa

Deadline to enter your submission is April 26. Please let me know if you enter. (May the Force Be With You!) < > All my upcycled and wearable art friends out there will appreciate this offering from Nancy Judd at Recycle Runway. Click that link to find interactive art classes from the artist directly. These classes are perfect for any parents who are now learning to homeschool. They are also fantastic for any adult who needs a little guidance to find their own creative wave.

Watch the tutorial with Filomena Jack Studio!

In case you haven’t checked the Southeast Steuben County Library calendar of events, my bunny painting is a sample of what you can make from a Virtual Bunny Painting class with Filomena Jack. Click that link so you can follow along with the video and make your own art for World Art Day- or any day!

Crafting with Kimberly: Bunny Gnomes

Kimberly Canale helped us get festive for Easter with a Bunny Gnome tutorial. If you love crafting, but have few store-bought elements, Fear NOT! Kimberly shows you how to upcycle ordinary household items into unique creations. Follow her video for full instruction on making the gnome seen above.

PPE Volunteers at CCLD

Our library friends at CCLD Makerspace are busy making PPE for hostpital staff in the Southern Tier. I always say they have the coolest tools! This pandemic is proving the power of compassion and community dedication behind the tools. If you have time to get involved, please fill out their volunteer application.

Celbrate 50 Years of eARTh Day on April 22!

Next week is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. There are so many ways to honor the only home we know. Find ways to Take Action on the Earth Day website. Upcycling is my favorite means of creating and a great way to take action to save our planet. Watch my tutorial on making Seed Bombs and Seed infused paper from junk mail on eARTh day, April 22 at 4pm. Subscribe to the Southeast Steuben County Library YouTube channel. Find the link to my Earth Day Seed Bombs video premiere (link available on April 20) so we can have a Watch Party!

or take a walk down Market Street

I understand all this isolation has us itching to get out and enjoy the fresh air. That’s the wonder of this internet thing and video channels. They have your back when you’ve nothing better to do. When the weather is on your side, I prescribe a Tech Vacay and stroll down Market Street. Enjoy this expanding mural outside of Volo. Find other #art out there. Share with me later–post with #CreationStation to spread the L.O.V.E. Get outside, Keep creating, Stay Golden. ❤