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Tell a Handmade Story at the Moth StorySlam

Dec 10, 2010

by Julie Schneider

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Dinner party charmers and camp fire captivators, pull up a chair (or a log) and set your storytelling gears in motion! Next week Etsy is joining forces with The Moth to present an evening of true stories told live, without notes, around the theme of “crafty.” We invite you to tell your tales of handmade triumphs and DIY disasters. From the woodshop to the stitch-and-bitch circle, wielding a welding torch or felting needles, making zines or brief jerky, surely you have a story to share from your handmade life. 

The Moth was founded in 1997 by novelist George Dawes Green, who “wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings in his native Georgia, when moths were attracted to the light on the porch where he and his friends would gather to spin spellbinding tales.”

The Moth has since grown from a gathering in George’s living room to jam-packed StorySlams in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Detroit. It’s a forum for people of all stripes to convene and tell their stories. Even if you don’t call one of those cities home, you can MothUp and start your own local event. The Moth is also at the helm of all sorts of community and radio programming, including the Moth Podcast (one of my personal favorites), curated stories at the Moth Mainstage, and community outreach storytelling workshops.

Photo by Hilary McHone

The Moth low-down:
When: Tuesday, December 14, 2010. Doors open at 7 p.m. Stories start at 7:30 p.m. $8 at the door. Bundle up and get there early, as lines to get in can be epic!

Where: The Nuyorican, 236 East 3rd Street (between Avenues B and C), New York, NY. Hosted by Dan Kennedy

How it works & tips from The Moth:

  • When the doors open, sign up to tell a story, volunteer to be on a judging team or just sit back and listen. 
When the show begins, we’ll pick the first name and each teller will have 5 minutes to tell his or her tale. After each story, the judges will confer and give a score. The teller with the highest score becomes the StorySlam winner. The winner will compete with the year’s other winners in the next GrandSlam Championship.

 

  • If you’re raring to participate, please, please read these tips from The Moth. We want you to be a storytelling superstar, and these little secrets will pave the way.

 

Photo by abbeychristine

And, as they say when signing off from the weekly Moth podcast, we hope you have a story-worthy week!

Whether you can make it to the Moth StorySlam or not, I invite you to tell your best handmade story in the comments below.

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92 comments

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 5 years ago

    Love your article! Thanks!

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague said 5 years ago

    aw yeah!

  • LoellaMedina

    LoellaMedina said 5 years ago

    omg! How exciting! I wish I could make it! I listen to all the Moth podcasts. I love it! Have fun and I cannot wait to listen to this event!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 5 years ago

    sounds like loads of fun!

  • linguaNigra

    linguaNigra said 5 years ago

    oh, this sounds like fun!!!!

  • vintagebutterfly94

    vintagebutterfly94 said 5 years ago

    SWEET! I can't wait to hear this on the podcast. I'm a huge fan of The Moth. want to hear a crafty story huh? When my now 11 year old daughter was just a wee toddler, she had a rubber spider which she decided to adore instead fear. She played with it constantly, but it literally freaked me out. One night, in tears, she brought it to me, heartbroken that the legs had come off. It was that horrible squishy rubber. I used clear quilting thread and sewed the legs back on, one at time, fighting down my own phobia the whole time. For love of the girl.

  • neile

    neile said 5 years ago

    I love the podcast! That would be a perfect break from the holiday madness...I might just treat myself to a day off: )

  • julieincharge Admin

    julieincharge said 5 years ago

    vintagebutterfly, now that is love!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 5 years ago

    Sounds fun to me. Thanks for sharing!

  • OffTheHooks

    OffTheHooks said 5 years ago

    what a great idea!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 5 years ago

    i love listening to the moth, if i was in ny i would be there!!! what a great theme, finally some crafty mayhem...i've got a good yarn about selling at bumbershoot one year and having a lady fresh from the snack shack wiping her toothpick on one of my tops! YEEECH! xo

  • callmemimi

    callmemimi said 5 years ago

    :) great !

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 5 years ago

    Sounds like so much fun!

  • richwithjewels

    richwithjewels said 5 years ago

    Excellent Idea!

  • CometWreckage

    CometWreckage said 5 years ago

    OOooo! I love The Moth. Top five favorite podcasts! And I'll be in the city next week too. Not sure if I'm brave enough to wait in that line though.

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 5 years ago

    Superb Idea!

  • vintagejane

    vintagejane said 5 years ago

    Fun idea!

  • RebekahLu

    RebekahLu said 5 years ago

    This is so wonderful. I am curious and inspired. Thank You.

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 5 years ago

    Great article!!!!!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 5 years ago

    how fun!

  • NewDuds

    NewDuds said 5 years ago

    This is awesome I LOVE THE MOTH, its great for listening to while making!

  • stonz

    stonz said 5 years ago

    This is awesome! My two biggest addictions: Etsy & The Moth collide! Yay!

  • ploverdesign

    ploverdesign said 5 years ago

    wow, very kwel!

  • AllWittyKnitty

    AllWittyKnitty said 5 years ago

    *Silently freaking out inside and cursing the heavens that I'm unable to attend* Two of my favorite things in the whole wide world coming together? Yes, please. I can't wait to hear it on the podcast!!!!!

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo said 5 years ago

    So exciting!

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 5 years ago

    nice

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 5 years ago

    Nice!

  • doveandflower

    doveandflower said 5 years ago

    Oooh! I want to start a Moth in my town. Sounds like fantastic fun! Thanks for turning me on to this:-)

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 5 years ago

    I Love The Moth! Sounds like so much fun + a great idea to get crafty stories.

  • knockknockstudio

    knockknockstudio said 5 years ago

    sounds sooo cool! can't wait to hear the stories. i wonder how early you've got to get there to actually get in...

  • ShopMarigold

    ShopMarigold said 5 years ago

    SO fun~ would love to have of these here on the West Coast.

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 5 years ago

    so excited to go to my first moth event next week!

  • swyatt

    swyatt said 5 years ago

    I love the Moth too!

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 5 years ago

    Great article, so much fun! Thanks for sharing.

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 5 years ago

    Sounds interesting!

  • FunWithNeedles

    FunWithNeedles said 5 years ago

    cool! i have never heard of this... i will check it out!!!

  • BeatificBijoux

    BeatificBijoux said 5 years ago

    Awww...I wanna go....!

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 5 years ago

    cooool beans!! gonna check out the moth for sure...Thanks ♥

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 5 years ago

    Those relaxing moth lamps---what a beautiful idea and recycled---it's the best!!!!!!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    good ol moth

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    Sounds fun. Will definitely check out the podcast.

  • Prittyfy

    Prittyfy said 5 years ago

    Very nice article. Thanks.

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 5 years ago

    story telling is truly an art! sounds like a great night out!

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou said 5 years ago

    Sounds fun!

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou said 5 years ago

    Sounds fun!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 5 years ago

    Love this article!

  • akcopperraven

    akcopperraven said 5 years ago

    I love the beached stories !! Cant wait to get one of those for my neice !! Great story, ideas and finds !!

  • Ayun

    Ayun said 5 years ago

    If I can get out of the cage, I am so there.

  • wabisabibrooklyn

    wabisabibrooklyn said 5 years ago

    fabulous!

  • JohnBirdsong

    JohnBirdsong said 5 years ago

    I love the moth podcast. I can't wait to hear this one.

  • lrobinson

    lrobinson said 5 years ago

    "your chocolate is in my peanut butter." IN THE VERY BEST OF WAYS! loving this...!

  • riorita

    riorita said 5 years ago

    Seems to me like lots of fun!

  • philippaJones

    philippaJones said 5 years ago

    Fantastic! I can't wait to listen to the podcast!

  • grainger

    grainger said 5 years ago

    love the moth!

  • dirtdancestonewerks

    dirtdancestonewerks said 5 years ago

    Can't wait 'til we have this in San Diego! Quick story: You never know what to anticipate until you put your art out there... I have discovered that the painted dots that I take weeks to layer up to create my designs are a fascinating target for kids who try their best to pick off! Keeps me on my toes! :)

  • MariesBoutique

    MariesBoutique said 5 years ago

    I love those sultry summer nights of the south! The Moth seem like it would be a lot of fun.

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 5 years ago

    sounds like fun

  • Jungle

    Jungle said 5 years ago

    Sounds like so much fun :)

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 5 years ago

    Great article!

  • ANNALEE63

    ANNALEE63 said 5 years ago

    very interesting piece

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie said 5 years ago

    Oh, now this is something I would LOVE to be a part of! How exciting and fun! Great story!

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 5 years ago

    Superb article:O)

  • kateendle

    kateendle said 5 years ago

    I LOVE The Moth AND Etsy!! Wish I could be there. I have a great story about how I became a collage artist. It involves a terrorist attack, great heart break and famed glass artist Dale Chihuly. Oh well, someday...........

  • twopoochpaperie

    twopoochpaperie said 5 years ago

    The Moth and Etsy, two of my favorite things in one place... oh to be in New York on that day!

  • ArtigianoJewelBox

    ArtigianoJewelBox said 5 years ago

    NPR fans - don't forget the Moth Radio Hour on WNYC - great stories!

  • natureseason

    natureseason said 5 years ago

    Interesting!

  • RedOnionWoodworks

    RedOnionWoodworks said 5 years ago

    This might be the best combination EVER! Can you please, PLEASE convince Amy Sedaris to tell a story that night, too? I would fly 500 miles for Moth + Etsy + Amy Sedaris for sure!

  • hotstreets

    hotstreets said 5 years ago

    Love a good story, truth, or fiction. The rhythm and the tension of a good tale has great appeal.

  • ericawalker

    ericawalker said 5 years ago

    I LOVE the Moth! It's one of my very favorite programs / podcasts. Who doesn't love a good story?

  • HeartFelt4Kids

    HeartFelt4Kids said 5 years ago

    Great idea!!

  • katiebobs

    katiebobs said 5 years ago

    Ah! Even though I live in the UK, I'm delighted about this. My two favourite American exports/institutions combining forces - sounds like a match made in heaven. I hope it will be podcasted...

  • RitaWattersArt

    RitaWattersArt said 5 years ago

    Oh what a wonderful plan...wish I could be there. I would...but I live in Arizona. Have fun.

  • katebaerfossils

    katebaerfossils said 5 years ago

    my story still hurts to tell...We go to art and craft shows for a living and after a consultation on my current jury shots I spent six months and lots of $ on five new jury pieces..I was just about done...called the photographer to tell him I was sending them...when we fired them...all in the same firing...take note..never do this...Dave is doing my firing and we had an analog pyrometer ..when I came in my moms house (we live off grid) I said "they have been at 1200 waaaay too long" we open the door and they are all puddles of silver and stones on the bottom of the kiln...

  • katebaerfossils

    katebaerfossils said 5 years ago

    analog pyrometer stuck ...now we have a digital kiln

  • twigandleafbotanical

    twigandleafbotanical said 5 years ago

    the first time i ever made soap, i caught my antique 30's stove on fire. never heard of the moth, signing up for the podcast, now! semi-related: they found a new species of moths in russia that drill into human skin and suck blood!

  • Frankenkitty

    Frankenkitty said 5 years ago

    I'm not sure if this qualifies as a craft tragedy, but I did have one thing after another go wrong when I was trying to shoot this self portrait. I go into detail about what happened in the comments. http://www.flickr.com/photos/anteye/4039132362/ I'm freaking out, because I couldn't get the water to turn off, and here I am naked in the tub, in a creature from the black lagoon mask and bubbles everywhere. I thought I would have to wake up my landlord to have him turn off the water. Finally when I get it turned off, my camera's battery dies and I have to swish around the apt., mask half on, looking for another one and by the time I did, all the hot water and bubbles were gone. It was truly a comedy of errors.

  • bunnycrave

    bunnycrave said 5 years ago

    “You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.†Jim Stovall

  • SnuggliMumCreations

    SnuggliMumCreations said 5 years ago

    interesting!

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 5 years ago

    Nice :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Interesting idea, never come across anything quite like this! We all tell stories just not always to a crowd of people, got to be brave to do something like that!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 5 years ago

    What a great venue! I love telling stories about my triumphs and failures... Although the 5 min time limit could be a problem. Worth a try and sounds like so much fun!

  • DogCityBakery

    DogCityBakery said 5 years ago

    Awesome, this looks like such fun!!!

  • FeltShmelt

    FeltShmelt said 5 years ago

    Oh I wish I could be there! I love the Moth, what a great idea to tell crafty stories! :) Moth + Etsy huzzah!!

  • Ayun

    Ayun said 5 years ago

    Oh BOY! They're letting me out of the cage! I'll be there w/ something approximating bells on!

  • jaipuronline

    jaipuronline said 5 years ago

    Excellent Idea.......

  • artlife

    artlife said 5 years ago

    love this concept!!

  • sugarcookie

    sugarcookie said 5 years ago

    I always listen to the Moth podcast! This is a great theme!

  • indigobjects

    indigobjects said 5 years ago

    Word of Moth.

  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the post--will look for podcast. My earliest creative crafting memory is of making a wardrobe for my troll dolls (fold and cut armholes) from upholstery fabric scraps complete with pom poms and fringe.

  • oddballartco

    oddballartco said 5 years ago

    Sounds great but I'm in Canada so won't be attending but I have a tragic story that I'll share with everyone..... Preparing 10 paintings for my most recent exhibition back at the beginning of December and I had very little time to get these 10 done. I finished painting #2 and set it to dry across from where I was working at my easel on painting #3. I was using a sponge and I guess got a little carried away because my easel came crashing down like a dagger ripping through painting #2 (which was 36" x 24" in size) ripping a hole the size of a softball right through the middle of it and a slight tear through painting #3 that I was working on. I was devastated!!! But the good news is that I was able to repair both paintings back to good as new with extensive research, a helpful art supply clerk and many hours of paitience. And in fact painting #2 that suffered the worst sold within 10 mins of the exhibitions grand opening night. What I learn from this is 'Never Give Up!'

  • randomgypsy

    randomgypsy said 5 years ago

    What an amazing idea! I live in Iowa...not close enough to come in person but I will for sure be checking out the Moth podcasts. Wonderful contribution to the world. A+

  • hopscotch22

    hopscotch22 said 5 years ago

    My worst but best art show. Picture it, Bergen Performing Art Center, NJ, Blind Boys of Alabama show and my 3d touch exhibit for the blind. So excited!!!! Driving to set up, van full of art exhibit, me and my daughter. I had to pull over, I wasn't feeling well at all. Wound up being put in the hospital, had a heart infection. The van was still in the parking lot off of Route 46 in NJ. The show must go on. With the help of family and friends it did. I finally saw the exhibit when I went to pick it up 6 weeks later. I had to laugh and cry. It was so beautiful, they even extended it 5 weeks because it got such a great response. Some of the abstract pieces were hung upside down. My brother is a mechanic and did his best. To this day it is my favorite show I ever didn't do.

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