With sunny thoughts of summer in the air and Etsy Craft Party around the corner, join us for a full slate of creative programming in San Francisco (June 6), Los Angeles (June 6), San Jose (June 7), and Chicago (June 20). This month’s DIY topics include screenprinting, memento box making, no-sew coasters, and making paracord dog collars for a good cause. All topics are taught by local Etsy sellers and friends of Etsy in each location.
The Etsy Meet & Make program is a series of creative community workshops held in partnership with organizations across the United States. Each month our partners cook up hands-on sessions designed to be fun, educational, and bring the local community together with a DIY spirit.
Craft Lab in San Francisco: Screenprinting
Join us this month for a quick and dirty introduction to screen printing from local artist Rick Kitagawa, by printing your very own poster! Rick Kitagawa is an SF-based artist and storyteller who creates creepy things and runs the screenprinting ships, The Lords of Print and Monkey and Seal. Whether you want to give your poster as a Father’s Day gift to an art-loving dad or keep it for yourself, you’ll leave with a sweet two-color poster.
Admission for this 21+ event is $10, or $5 if you’re a museum member, and includes supplies, instruction, and beer generously sponsored by Anchor Brewing Company! Please note that registration is highly recommended, and ticket sales end on June 6 at 4 p.m. PT.
With support from Etsy, every month the Museum of Craft and Design organizes Etsy Meet & Make: Craft Lab, where adults can make a project, socialize, and enjoy grown-up refreshments.
When: Thursday, June 6, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. PT (No walk-ins after 8 p.m., please)
Where: Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Fiber Salon in San Jose: No-Sew Coasters
Join the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles for our second Etsy Meet and Make: Fiber Salon! When many people get their first apartment, get married, or make a move, they look for some well designed, personal items that can make their new place feel cozy and warm. These little coasters are easy to make, yet pack a punch of personality. You can use virtually any fabric to personalize the design of these no-sew coasters that we’ll be making with Rebecca Saylor, from OodleBaDoodle. RSVP is required, and space is limited.
Fiber Salon is a hands-on community craft event hosted the first Friday of each month at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles with support from the Etsy Meet & Make program.
When: Friday, June 7, from 7 to 11 p.m. PT (Sessions start at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m.)
Where: San Jose Museum of Quilt and Textiles, 520 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Craft Bar in Chicago: Pets for Life Craft Party
For this month’s Etsy Meet & Make: Craft Bar Chicago, we’re switching things up a bit. Usually Craft Bar takes place on the first Friday of each month, but for June, we’re combining Craft Bar with Craft Party as an opportunity to use our collective creative powers to help the Chicago Community!
We’re teaming up with the Humane Society’s Pets for Life program to put on a fun community event that puts our craft skills to work for a great cause. The Pets for Life program works directly with underserved communities by providing free animal care and wellness to those who would not normally have access. Join craft blogger Heidi Gustad of Hands Occupied and learn how to fashion handmade paracord collars to donate directly to dogs in need. A certified therapy dog will be available during the event for cuddling, while delicious vegan snacks and drinks will be waiting for you at the bar. And, enter our raffle for your chance to win a custom pet portrait from Green Grass Design.
Admission is $5 or a bag of dog or cat food. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of the United State’s Pets for Life program.
When: Thursday, June 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. CT
Where: Mignonette, 1747 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60657
Craft Night in Los Angeles: Memento Boxes
This month we’re making memento boxes in the courtyard of the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Bring in a small, personal item and make a special box or container to house and display it in. We’ll have various materials for you to construct and adorn your memento box and make it truly singular and functional. Admission is $7 or free for CAFAM members, and covers materials, snacks, drinks, and instruction. RSVP is required.
When: Thursday, June 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. PT (Doors open at 6:45 p.m.)
Where: Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California