Our pop up shop took place at Site3 CoLaboratories on February 17th. Each of our group members taught a workshop over the course of the day, and we stayed into the evening for a mixer event. Rachel taught metal stamping, Meg taught wax working, Yas taught found object design, Asuka taught needle felting and Hillary taught laser etching. Beyond our group members, Avideh performed as a surrealist character and Chayan played records and showed projected images.
The event ran from 1 pm until 11 pm, and was well attended. Each maker was accepting donations for their work, and we made money from beer sales. The most meaningful interaction I had was designing a bracelet for a woman who wanted to mail it to her long distance boyfriend.
Overall the atmosphere was fun and easygoing. The day was long, but it passed by quickly. People made connections, made crafts, made friends and had fun. All in all, I would say it was a success.
This event was a lot of fun to organize, it would be worth doing again! We didn't make a ton of money, but the people who came by were exposed to the work we do, the tools we use, and the processes that make it happen.