BAG – A – RAMA

August 12, 2013 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

Bag- a - rama sign

Mandy says, “I grew up with many home sewn clothes and toys, but I didn’t start sewing regularly myself until recently after seeing some rather inspiring fabric. Knowing roughly the shape of the bag I envisioned, I set about working on a pattern and after more than a few modifications, I ended up with something workable.  I found this process so satisfying that I began to make more…. I find inspiration in vintage fabrics and clothes, and many of my items contain zippers, buttons, or even fabric from otherwise unsalvageable clothing items.”  She sells her creations online at the Etsy marketplace for handmade and vintage items.

She will help each person design and create their own bag.  All materials will be provided including clothing items from the Nifty Thrifty recycle shop in Richford and donated sewing notions, trim and accessories to embellish the bags.  Sewing machines and irons will be available for use.  Participants are welcome to bring their own materials to work with and donations to cover the cost of purchased supplies will be gladly accepted.

This  is another event in the “Make It and Take It” series hosted by the library.  This spring over 20 people came together to learn the art of Needle Felting from Rebecca Wright, Bakersfield Elementary School Librarian and Art Teacher, and participating Artist at “Artist in Residence” Co-operative Gallery in Enosburg.

These events are a sign of the changing face of libraries today, where the focus is less on the collections and more on making connections.  Many libraries across the country are creating permanent makerspaces or pop-up events like this one to bring people together to learn new skills and solve problems..  The methods can range from high tech using 3D printers and laser cutters, electronics or robotics, but can also include more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and hand arts and crafts.  The concept is to create an atmosphere and physical space where people can share ideas, tools, and skills.

For more information on this event please email at arvinabrown@gmail.com or call the library at 848-3313

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