Monday, March 19, 2012

April Acorn to Oak Team Meetings and Cross-over Events

              Wow, April is fast approaching. This coming month the Acorn to Oak Team is doing a number of cross-over events with the Splat Space and the Visual Art Exchange in downtown Raleigh and Durham. It's nice to get out of the regular comfort zones and stretch the wings a little. I would also like to officially welcome Shannon Talton to our team as a leader. This title is long overdue for all her tireless hard work and contributions over the past year. Thank you, welcome, and we look forward to having you on board. Shannon runs Art'n'Silk (you can see one of her scarves here on a model  at right) as well as sharing office space with me. It's fun to see her work and if you've taken any of her classes I'm sure you've enjoyed painting on fabric with her.

For April we will start focusing on the first half our our look into the Twin Arts (Spinning and Weaving), Etextiles, and How-To-Run-A-Successful Online Storefront. The second half of the month will be several cross-over events with other art communities in the area.We love partnering with other artists and seeing them grown.

April 3rd: Barcodes and Wool

6-7 pm: How to set-up a Barcode Tracking System: A lot of designers get stuck taking their idea successfully to stores and selling it. A great idea needs legs and math. Math, that thing that makes artists run screaming for the hills. Many people are put off with the idea of how barcodes work or how to use them as a tool to leverage. It's too simple and cheap for people not to take advantage of this tool. With Amazon and many major companies requiring barcodes for their tracking systems, we will go over the history of barcodes and a 4 point way to sign up and register for your own barcode or series of barcodes inexpensively.

7-9 pm Beginning Spinning With HooksandEyes: Theresa is going to be feeding my unhealthy obsession with knitting handmade items for a few hours. You addicted to yarn too? Bring out your latest project: knitting, crocheting, loom weaving, you name it for fiber arts and we will spend a couple of hours knitting, crocheting, spinning, and watching her demonstration.

This event is free and open to the public at our Acorn to Oak Studio, 5825 Triangle Drive, Raleigh, NC 27617

April 17th: E-textiles: Cross-over Event with Splat Space

7-9 pm: This week we are having fun hanging out with a fellow design studio in Durham, Splat Space. These great guys are constant DIY tinkers. We will be looking at the new eTextiles Aniomagic, a design system people here are getting into using in their clothing and accessories. Aniomagic has replaced Lilypad for me in the past 6 months and I think it's ease of use is worth sharing.

This event has a $25 supply cost (You take home a kit at the end of the evening.). You can find Splat Space in downtown Durham at: 331 West Main Street, Durham, NC

April 21st: How-To-Sell-Online: Cross-over Event with Visual Art Exchange

3:3-4:30 pm: Acorn to Oak will be a small part of a workshop the Visual Art Exchange is hosting for beginning artists to help educate and help them grow. We are so flattered to be invited and can't wait to see where this leads. The Visual Art Exchange is a wonderful place downtown.

This event is free and open to the public. You can find the Visual Art Exchange in downtown Raleigh at: 309 West Martin Street  Raleigh, NC 27601. Hope to see you there.

I will post more details as each week nears. Have a great week and can't wait to have you drop by.

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