(Jacob Kassay Untitled, 2012 / Muslin, felt, aluminum, steel via The Power Station)
My girlies and I fancy ourselves, well…”makers.” We’re not especially good at the making, but that doesn’t stop us from trying our hand at any and all manner of DIY. Among other endeavors, we’ve made terrariums, wallets fashioned of washi tape, yarn pom poms, and Polish chandeliers. We bake like mad women and have been known to use birthday parties as an excuse for crafting extravaganzas (see: here and here).
There’s something about the act of creating with my littles that is soul nourishing. It’s a major happy maker. Working together, figuring things out, navigating conflict when it’s not going quite as we envisioned (and yes, there’s plenty of conflict) is a restorative enterprise. Plus there’s the added bonus of teaching them how to be resourceful and “make” as opposed to just “buy.”
So when I heard that The Power Station is teaming with Oil and Cotton, and The Writer’s Garret to present an afternoon of family creating, I was all in. The event, dubbed “Generations”, takes place this Saturday, November 10, from 2:00 – 6:00pm and will feature an interactive bookmaking project, an iPhone photography workshop with artist Laura Barth Turner, and a poetry workshop with writer Lisa Huffaker. In true Texas fashion, the day of making will culminate with a free barbecue.
Alden Pinnell, owner of The Power Station hopes the event will get creative juices flowing, noting, “Our goal is to have “Generations” inspire artistic creativity by giving visitors the chance to fully explore and interact with the current art installation and unique architecture of the space.”
See you there?!