Craft Hack began as a chance to meet other, local crafters, but has evolved into a network of artisans, teachers and Etsy entrepreneurs. Anne Watson Barber, Stephanie Liebold and I began Craft Hack at Gangplank in early 2012. Originally we just met to share space while we worked on our own projects. “It’s good to set aside time to do something hands on and get away from our screens,” Stephanie added. Soon we teaching skills, demonstrating new materials and trading tips on monetizing our hobbies.
“We wanted to be a place for people to enjoy crafting and if they are dreaming about making it into their own business, we have the resources here at Gangplank to help them launch their business,” Anne said. Anne is volunteer Mentor Coordinator at Gangplank Chandler and an Online Marketing consultant.
Each Craft Hack features a demonstration of a skill or material. In March, I demonstrated the new Shrinky Dinks
(could you smell the burning plastic?). Local artist Crystal Daugle recruited Craft Hackers to help her with her recent installation in Tempe, “Push Down and Tango.” Etsy shopkeeper Vesna Taneva-Miller taught the basics of craft soldering late last year.
Craft Hack is expanding this summer. In collaboration with TechShop, we will be producing a half-day crafting conference. It will include advice for marketing and production-scaling for craftpreneurs as well as highlight the many local projects combing business-training and craft skills to benefit local charities. Save the date: August 8, 2015. More info soon.
Join us second Monday of the month, 6 PM.
Drink & Draw returned to Gangplank Chandler during Creative Mondays last week. Artist Gilead led our Drink & Draw this past Monday, August 18th with a demo of animal anatomy, cats & horses. Moving forward, every third Monday at 7 PM, we’ll provide space for beginners through professionals to get together and just draw. Bring your own adult drinks or choose a softer beverage if wanted. If you’re a professional artist, please consider sharing a 20 minute or less technique demo. Next Drink & Draw is September 15, 2014, 7 PM.
Now for some pictures!
Come join us this weekend at Mesa Arts Center’s Guitars and Handlebars Season Kickoff Festival. Along with all of the great activities and live music, Gangplank Jr and Building Bonanza will be there hosting Lego events from 10am-4pm on Saturday and 10am-2pm on Sunday.
If you are already a part of the Gangplank Jr First Lego League, we will be unveiling this season’s mat and challenges. From 10am-12pm on Saturday, we will assemble the boards for this year and discuss the various tactics we can use to achieve the missions. There will also be a Sumo bot challenge (2-4pm), a large master building session with Building Bonanza and a free robotics build to handle various challenges (12-2pm).
Sunday will start off with First Lego League information for this year’s challenges and a chasis build competition, followed by another master build session from the guys at Building Bonanza.
As if all of that wasn’t enough to excite you, a full size replica of a Harley Davidson will be built from Legos by certified Lego artist Nathan Sawaya over the course of the two days. Don’t miss out on the family fun at this great event.
Come join us for the most “dangerous” art session around.
April 17th from 2-4pm at Gangplank we will be hosting a learn to tattoo event for kids 8 and older. Artists Nate “Nasty Nate” Houtz, Adam “A-Bomb” Molina and Johnny “Jevvy Jev” from Tabü Tattoos will be on hand to go over the equipment, keeping things sterile, stenciling and much more.
This is a hands on event. The kids will be tattooing grapefruit, oranges and any other citrus we can get our hands on with REAL tattoo machines, ink and needles. For those that want to take it to the next level several Gangplank Jr supporters have even offered up their skin for actual tattoos from the new apprentices.
You must RSVP for this event as space and machines will be limited. Please leave a comment below if you plan on attending.