There’s pretty much nothing I’m more in support of than cultivating the abilities of young crafters!
Finding something creative that you love and developing a process as a maker is important for young people. It can encourage entrepreneurial spirit!
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver’s Teen Program: Failure Lab is hosting a Teen Pop-Up Shop on Saturday, April 5th from 11:00 am-3:00 pm at the museum. They want to showcase the unique and creative talents of teens in our community. The Pop-Up Shop will feature handmade items by teens such as jewelry, t-shirts, bags, art, buttons, screen prints – anything creative.
They want you, crafty Denver teens! It’s free to apply – First come first serve basis.
Hit this link to grab their application and encourage the young creative people in your life be a part of a budding teen community of crafters & makers!
We know we’ve been a bit quiet! But it’s for good reasons! Great reasons, really!
Share Denver is growing and becoming more lovely and amazing by the day! Classes almost daily, new teachers every month, and tons of cool plans for the future!
You want to get involved, I promise! Hit up their website, follow them on Twitter, and like them on Facebook!
Still, we miss you, Ninjas! More than we can express!
And when our friends Hooked on Colfax asked us to host a little pop-up craft at their amazing coffee shop…we couldn’t say no.
We’ll be at Hooked on Colfax this Sunday from 10 AM – 2 PM with a fun, simple project!
Join us and don’t forget to bring a a couple dollars for your project ($2.00 – it’s a steal) and some money for one of Hooked on Colfax’s divine drinks! And they’ve got a little bit of everything – from a latte to a bloody mary and more!
We hope we’ll see you on Sunday!
Is there a difference between crafter and artist? Should there be?
I’m going to argue that there isn’t a difference.
I’ll admit, I’ve been one to dismiss my own artistic endeavors, preferring to call myself a crafter, because it seems less serious and highbrow.
I’m sure there are “artists” out there that balk at crafters and their output – but I’d argue that there is precisely as much soulful effort and skill in appliqueing or jewelry making as there is in blending paint colors on a canvas or bending steel into sculpture.
Comparing the two is silly! And letting the two worlds merge is the only way to make crafters feel like artists and remind artists that they’re crafters!
I knew when Shawn Bowman first approached me about collaborating for the release of her book that things were gonna get awesome. But I don’t think I knew just how awesome!
But get some great minds together, add a Banjo Billy Bus, and a beer tour around Denver…you can begin to imagine what a great event we put together!
I’m not gonna elaborate too much. I think the pictures tell the story (drinking, crafts, hell raising), but I do want to remind you that you should pick up Shawn’s books! Beer Crafts and Criminal Crafts are both totally fun and silly and filled to the brim with DIY chutzpah!
And MAJOR thanks to Nick Nunns at TRVE Brewing, Pints Pub, Nikki Minette at River North Brewery, and Shawn Bowman. Each person and place contributed enormously to make our event what it was and we’re so darn appreciative! Drink at these establishments! Support local breweries!
We here at Craft Ninjas HQ love thrifting!
There’s something satisfying about finding a treasure meant for you amongst all the other treasures at a thrift store!
And as crafters, the thrift store is the best place to find economically sound materials for upcycling and unused/unloved fabric and craft supplies that might fit perfectly in our stash.
So, we were honored when ARC Thrift Stores sent us an invite to come for their exclusive media event at the brand new ARC Thrift Store in Louisville.
ARC’s mission is pretty simple – they take gently used donated items and create a retail space where shopper’s dollars are translated into enhancing the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities in Colorado. Shopping at ARC feels good!
We were treated to amazingly kind people, a gorgeous brand spankin’ new store, and a lovely collection of items! I grabbed a Fast Times at Ridgemont High record, some aprons, and a book on needlework! A little bit of everything!
It was such a pleasure to visit the new store and see the good work that ARC does in Colorado!
Go check out the store in Louisville this weekend! We hear there will be discounts galore and lots of fun!
ARC has stores all over the greater Denver area – if not Louisville then make your way to another of their locations!
Thanks so very much to the lovely folks at ARC! What an honor it was to sneak away for a little Monday morning shopping trip!
TEDxMileHigh is such a phenomenal event. If you have the chance to attend, get your hiney in gear and get there!
TEDxMileHigh provides a venue to showcase ideas and inspiration from our community. The events aim to prompt discussion and connect people from different parts of the community to start and maintain a dialogue via speakers with diverse presentations.
For Ninjas, this event was a huge opportunity to engage the TEDx attendees and share our story and what we do in the Exhibit Lounge. And it was so inspiring to meet people who wanted to know more – people invested in the Denver community and culture.
We hosted a Make and Take Button Booth and provided a vehicle for attendees to share their own message with all the other folks in the building. We had everything from Apple logos to hearts and messages about TEDx and cats.
And what we were reminded of while manning the Ninja button booth was that creating is fun and it connects people. The line to our booth was wild and people approached us eager to grab glue sticks and sparkly pens. Crafting something, from even the simplest materials, gets people excited. Best of all people in line complimented each other’s designs, shook hands, made connections, and shared materials. It was a good vibe – a familiar vibe that we often encounter at our craft meet-ups.
We won’t soon forget what an awesome time TEDxMileHigh was and hope we’ll have the chance to visit again and stay connected to this powerful source of information and change.
Major super special thanks to Amber Powell and Shaun Asakura – these two just never stop being awesome and supportive. They are part of the team and we’re so glad.
Also, thanks to Nancy Schoemann and Chuck Sullivan for including Denver Craft Ninjas in this event – their generosity in sharing the space allowed us to reach out to so many wonderful people!