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Ignite Craft Boston 2017 Videos!
June 5, 2017

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Craft and Community in 5-Minute Talks

For the 7th year, Common Cod sponsored Ignite Craft Boston, where creative souls shared their passion for their crafts with a like-minded, crafty audience.

Hexies: An Addictive Piece of History
Christina Inge
Founder, Thoughtlight

Once started, hexie-making can become an all-consuming passion (or at least a really good way to use up scraps). From aristocratic to Depression-era thrift, hexies are the foundational skill for English paper-piecing, a daily geometric adventure, and an easy portable project. And oh yeah, it costs next to nothing since you already have everything you need: small scraps, paper, and a printer.

Christina Inge has been knitting, sewing, and quilting since she was 8. By day, she runs Thoughtlight, a Boston digital agency she founded in 2014, and teaches technology. By night, by which we mean “many of her spare moments, regardless of time of day,” she designs quilting patterns and knits.

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How to Overcome/Prevent a Nantucket Lightship Basket Addiction

Jennifer Ashley

Recovering Nantucket Basket Addict

Save yourself time, money, new acquaintances, museum visits, and history lessons by learning from my mistakes. By debunking the common myths of Nantucket basket making, you can be spared this addiction.

Jennifer Ashley is: The mother of eight children, one very large black dog, and a parakeet who can say “Clean your room!” The finisher of over 50+ baskets in the last 9 months. The owner of only 1 Nantucket basket.

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Contemporary Paper Marbling

Cristina Hajosy

Hajosy Arts

Take a journey into contemporary paper marbling with me. Explore its Eastern roots, movement through European cultures, and arrival in the New World. See how I incorporate paper marbling in new ways for my books and mixed media collages.

Hajosy Arts is the home of Cristina Hajosy, a working artist & art educator based in Greater Boston. She has developed her skills in 20+ years of practice as a photographer, bookmaker, paper marbler, and mixed media artist.

paper marbling video link
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Sous Vide Cooking

Gina Balzano

Community Coordinator, Common Cod Fiber Guild

Join me on a water bath cooking adventure. I will show the what, how to, and why of Sous Vide cooking.

Gina Balzano loves to cook and craft. You can often see her whipping up a new recipe and trying to finish a WIP.

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Sweet, Sour & Spicy

Jodi Colella

Artist / Teacher,

Like its food, the Kingdom of Thailand is a country of intense sensuality and puzzling complexity. While a resident at Compeung in a rural village north of Chiang Mai, I lived in a primitive mudhouse built by its founder who had a vision ten years ago to create a peaceful space for artists to discover themselves. Within this world of wild bamboo groves, spirit houses, and some very exotic critters, I had the privilege to connect with a wise, compassionate people.

Jodi Colella works with a broad range of materials to create provocative, tactile works that often include public participation. She has exhibited at Danforth Art Museum; Fruitlands Museum; Wheaton College; Helen Day Art Center; World of Threads Toronto and Textile Museum Washington D.C., among others.
She has received numerous awards including the 2016 Fay Chandler Emerging Artist, 2016 Fellowship ComPeung Thailand, Pollack-Krasner Fellowship Vermont Studio Center, and Somerville Arts Council Fellowships 2015, 2012. Jodi has taught nationally at Society for Craft in Pittsburgh, SDA’s Confluence in Minneapolis plus many local venues. She lives and works in Somerville, Massachusetts and most days can be found lost in her studio.

Sweet, Sour and Spicy video link
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Straw into Gold

Karyn Stewart

I will do a live demo, using my spinning wheel, a handful of straw, and some magic to spin a small strand of actual gold-like yarn. I’ll tell you about how I met an old elf in a spinner’s store in Berkeley, California, aptly named Straw Into Gold. The elf’s name sounded a bit like Rumplestiltskin, but he spoke quickly while he taught me the magic.

Karyn Stewart has always been interested in handcrafts, and when she got into knitting, it seemed natural to buy quality yarn, but that was very expensive. Luckily, when she moved to CA in the 1990s, she found the store Straw Into Gold in Berkeley, where they got her started on spinning. She owns about a dozen different wheels. Lately, she makes fantasy scarves and dice bags for geeks at her husband’s game store, Pandemonium Books and Games, in Cambridge, MA.

Spinning Straw into Gold video link
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Let’s Tangle!

Lori Champine

Certified Zentangle Teacher

Zentangle® is a meditative drawing process being practiced in many different countries across the world. Almost anyone can do it. Beyond the beautiful drawings, many who practice the art form also often report such benefits as reduced stress, improved focus, pain management, and confidence in their own creativity.

Lori Champine’s professional training is in Education (BS & MA). She has worked with young children, happily, for over 20 years. Her other love is the creative arts. She enjoys marrying these two passions, which allows her to create and to teach others. A few years ago, she became a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT).

Zentangle video link
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PowerPoint Karaoke

Three Intrepid Volunteers

In PowerPoint Karaoke, participants are asked to improvise an Ignite talk based on a set of 5 random, crazy slides they’ve never seen before. It always entertaining!

PowerPoint Karaoke video link
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