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.
I never think I may have lost my mojo until someone brings up the idea of mojo (that magic spell or essence that makes people attractive to each other). Once the subject comes up, I feel my posittraction levels start to plummet. But what can be had and lost can also be recaptured.
Though I have never witnessed a Tai Chi demonstration in real life, I've always loved the scenes in films of Tai Chi practitioners all moving in synchronized and poetic slow motion -- an oddly pastoral scene for an urban setting. The setting for these scenes is usually the park of a large metropolitan city. This adds to its mystic of being not only good exercise, but also a way to decompress from stresses of big city life.
Our new monthly event, ArtSkool, went on a field trip yesterday. We all met at Matter Graphic Design to learn about creating type, copy and art using antique printing presses. The results were pretty amazing. Matter's Rick Griffith opened the event with a brief introduction to the history and uses of printing type and then things got really interesting.
Wrap up your summer with an outdoor tai chi workshop.
Mearl Thompson, master tai chi instructor from the Ancient Harmony studio, will be leading our tai chi workshop this August. We'll be meeting every Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. on the north lawn of the library (at the corner of 14th Ave. and Broadway). I've always wanted to experience this aesthetic form of exercise, so I'm really looking forward to this workshop. More info.
I really hope you'll come to our Harvest Days cooking demo this Saturday. It will be the largest and most spectacular demo we've ever hosted. Chef Shellie sent me a note this morning to remind me what she'd be preparing -- pickled beets, beet green and walnut pesto and roasted Kohlrabi with Parmesan Cheese...Yummm! And, yes, she is making enough for you to try it, too!
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Denver's favorite hostess and burlesque queen, Vivienne VaVoom, takes on Stag Social Club.
The Denver Post writer Bill Husted once opined, and I paraphrase, -- in Denver, everything is six degrees of Vivienne VaVoom (aka Michelle Baldwin). I take that to mean that if you want to be near the sizzle and sparkle of the culture quake in Denver, then Vivienne VaVoom is your epicenter.
Baby, It's Not Cold Outside. But we need a little Christmas anyway.
The term Christmas in July can be traced to Southern hemisphere celebrations -- for countries that celebrate Christmas but where the winter months fall around July. In the U.S., sponsoring a Christmas in July celebration became popular at summer camps for children in the 1920s and 30s. But it took a Hollywood film directed by Preston Sturges to turn the phrase into a part of the vernacular of the common people.