Reviews and Blog Posts: workshops

Madame Defarge Toasts Irish Crochet In a New Workshop

Fresh City Life debuts a brand new fibers workshop tonight: Drunken Irish Lace. Riffing on the traditional methods of connecting crochet motifs into a larger piece, our teachers are bringing crochet to the edge of modernity. 

Drunken Irish Lace
Mondays, June 9, 16, 23 & 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge

Madame Defarge: From French Revolution to Knitting Evolution

Film still of women knitting while watching the beheadings of the revolution.

Perhaps one of Dickens's most notorious and intense characters, Madame Defarge makes her knitting count.

Madame Therese Defarge (A Tale of Two Cities) knits her vengeance into her knitting; and for good measure, she knits the names of the victims of the guillotine right into her knitting as well. This all happens while she watches the beheadings of the French Revolution.

The Subtleties of Hyperbole

Hyperbolic crochet sculpture created by Chris Loffelmacher

This blog about Fresh City Life's newest  obsession, hyperbolic crochet, is genius and will likely be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize! Is this an example of hyperbole or overweening ego? Yes.

It seems fitting that a fibers technique so extravagant and exaggerated as this would carry the name hyperbolic crochet. The name is based not only on the over-the-top quality of these sculptures, but also the hyperbolic geometry that informs the shapes and designs of this craft.

Georgia On My Mind

O'Keeffe missed her goal by about 18 months. She was 98 when she died in 1986.

Her outsized paintings of flowers have kept the art world buzzing for decades. But here are some details of Georgia O'Keeffe's life and art that you might not know. Click on the artworks to see the hidden facts.

1. Georgia O'Keeffe wanted to live to be 100 years old. When she died in 1986, how old was she?

 

 

2. Though she eventually made New Mexico her permanent home, where was O'Keeffe born.

 

 

 

3. What well-known photographer first exhibited O'Keeffe's work in the 1920s? (He also went on to marry O'Keeffe and take over 700 photo portraits of her.)

 

 

 

Get Creative With Fresh City Life My Branch!

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Whether you want to be creative with your cooking, your writing, or in how you read & discuss books, join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch event this week!

The Between the Covers Book Discussion Group meets Tuesday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. This month's title is The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard.

Tomato Aspic: Party like it's 1929

KnitFlix pays tribute to depression-era partying with Dinner at Eight.

There are a lot of themes and motifs in the film Dinner at Eight (1933, directed by George Cukor). With a huge cast of Hollywood notables, and taken from a hit stage play, Dinner at Eight is a microcosmic look at everything that was going wrong in the United States during the depression -- and even a few things that were going right.

Great Balls of Hair

photo from blog: The Journals of Giddy Giddy

In the middle of a long, hot summer, I'm in the mood for a little joy, a little lighthearted make and do. Craftinatrix Trish Tilly has got ebullience in the bag -- creating mod stuff with felted wool balls. For those of you who own cats, yes, it's related to the 'craft' projects your little Felix makes on occasion -- except these are on purpose -- and pretty cool.

There are lots of crafters experimenting with sculptural works that utilize felted sheep's wool. Felting is the process of agitating animal fibers through heat, moisture and motion to create a firm fabric. If you've ever washed a wool sweater accidentally only to remove it from the washing machine stiff and shrunken, then you know the end product of felting.

Tea Crafts: A Happy Repose

A delicate, pedestaled teacup just filled with lightly scented soy wax.

Our Craftinatrix Trish Tilly held crafters in sway at our Tea Painting and Tea Cup Candlemaking workshop.

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose.  ~George Gissing

Last Saturday, the Fresh City Lounge at Central Library was buzzing with crafters on a mission -- to make some adorable candles and then create handpainted tags to go with them. One of the most interesting elements of the class is that the delicate paintings were made using steeped teas as the medium. And even though crafters were not relaxing over a cup of tea, a sense of tea-induced tranquility seemed to infuse the students.

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