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A Night of Social Craft

There are a number of activities you likely save for those times when you’re alone, in the privacy of your own home, or with a group of close friends. Museum of Vancouver (MOV) plans to throw open the doors and invite those who are passionate or just plain curious to join us for a lively evening of social craft.

DIY @ MOV is a night dedicated to celebrating the creativity and community of the growing DIY (do-it-yourself) craft, art and design movement in Vancouver. Generously sponsored by OPUS, there’ll be materials, workshops and group activities in a range of art and craft media from paper and paint to yarn. Activities are geared so that everyone can participate – from the craft newbie to seasoned creators.

The party vibe will continue with a dj and music by Vancouver-based indie artists, local food and a bar featuring local brews. We’re also going to provide exhibit space for the creations that emerge during the evening which can be viewed for several weeks after the event.

MOV is passionate about documenting the design trends and creative movements that are defining life in this city. Vancouver has deep and varied communities of artists and makers working in every conceivable media, but there is a new energy in the local craft scene that’s difficult to ignore.

If you’ve spent any time on internationally popular blog Poppytalk, curated by Richmond-based writer Jan Halverson, or have seen Faith Levine’s excellent documentary Handmade Nation, you’re aware that there is a huge worldwide revival of DIY art, craft and design. We see it locally in the range of artists selling their work on Etsy.com, and the popularity of the monthly Portobello Market, and gatherings and shows by groups such as the Seam Rippers, Got Craft and communityfocused “making” centres like Blim off Main Street.

These makers are providing a clear alternative to massproduced products – connecting consumers with authentic, unique work that is produced with sustainability and other ethical values in mind. Really, it&$8217;s no surprise this movement is so big here, where eating and consuming locally has become the norm.

MOV wants to invite a community of makers and those who want to start playing and making to join DIY @ MOV. Learn by watching or learn by doing, or simply take part in new form of performance art.

Check the MOV website later this month for more details. www.museumofvancouver.ca

DIY @ MOV: A night of social crafting is inspired in part by the Cultural Olympiad exhibit, Art of Craft featuring exuberant and refined craft from Canada and the Republic of Korea from January 14 to April 11, 2010. MOV will also feature an immersive exhibit by internationally recognized Canadian artist, Ed Pien titled, Tracing Light. February 5 to April 11, 2010.


1100 Chestnut Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

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