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FREE Craft Night at Etsy Labs

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A few years ago, “crafting” was probably more widely associated with crazy women hand-painting wooden signs to say “Spoiled Rotten Akita Lives Here” or cross-stitching pillows with pictures of birds hugging crying kittens. But with the rise of DIY culture, crafting has turned into something hipper, with people making cross-stitches reading “Go Fuck Yourself.” Etsy is the Web site that lets people sell their crafts, everything from stuffed octopuses made of socks to handmade arguile clutches. Once a month, Etsy Labs does a FREE craft workshops to teach people how to make crafts that wouldn’t be sold at a bazaar at your grandmother’s church. Tonight, you can learn how to make ornaments and rolling ball books from Esther K. Smith, who writes books on making books with pop ups, orgami forms, and flexihexigons. I’m not sure exactly what a “rolling ball book” is, but my guess is you and your cat will be equally entertained by it. If you can’t make it to Etsy Labs, you can still take the workshop. Just watch the demonstration in Etsy’s virtual labs at 5pm.

Craft Night with Rolling Ball Books and Ornaments
Etsy Labs
55 Washington Street Suite 512, between Water and Front Streets [Dumbo, Brooklyn]
Monday, November 23, 4pm to 8pm, Virtual Lab demonstration at 5pm

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Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

After years of denial, Kiley has finally admitted to baring a striking resemblance to Velma from Scooby Doo. Instead of traveling in a van hunting ghosts, she prefers wandering on foot in search of tacos, cheap beer, and fake birds. Growing up in Portland, Kiley enjoyed the balance of urban and green spaces. Then she spent her four years at Ithaca College, and found herself craving more sprawling asphalt in her life. So she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where most of the buildings look like they're about to collapse. Kiley's favorite activities include: getting lost, crafting, sewing, biking, and geeking out at museums. Her love of taxidermy probably makes her a terrible vegetarian, but she doesn't care.