Maker's Circle & Art Lab

Maker's Circle & Art Lab:

MC&AL is intended to be a social group for individuals who wish to hang out and work on their own thing. So bring a project to work on or something to show off or just come to get input or hang out for inspiration.

Your project should be something you can work on with other other people present, and doesn't need an entire table by itself since the idea is to be social. Come out – socialize - make friends while making things and enjoying your hobby or learn a new one. Feel free to bring your dinner with you or a treat to share with the group.

Need a way to make new friends and finish projects at the same time? Perhaps you're a maker!

Want to network with other artists and crafters? Maybe you need an artist's lab or bench time too!


Including but not limited to: crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting, costuming, leather work, chain maille, beading, light metal work, portable weaving, jewelry piecing, scrap booking, stamping, embroidery, needlepoint, tatting, collage art, decoupage, card making, papercrafts, fiber arts, polymer clay, sketching and drawing, mixed media, calligraphy, digital art, writing, painting, small scale sculpting or carving, photo editing, etc.

WOW – kinda looks like a catch all – doesn't it? Well it is... MC&AL started life as three or four other groups with heavy overlap and not enough time for any one person to organize. Then we got together and came up with a PLAN since we all have multiple but similar interests and don't want to be locked in to any one thing.

Maker's Circle & Art Lab group (aka MC & AL) now covers events you may have seen listed in the past like:

• Clay Dates

• Crotchet and knitting

• Costuming

• Sewing and threads

• Crafters Social

This informal / social meeting is also for those people with projects and questions, maybe you've gotten stuck or come to a decision point. Come out and get a fresh perspective. I'm sure you'll get plenty of suggestions even if we've never done anything like it! Your chance to share techniques and stay up to speed on emerging trends, and learn new skills or interests. Set a date and time to actually get something done and keep it – with us!

Eventually as NOVA LABS looks forward to new space we hope to be able to co-host with other like minded groups occasionally such as the Tues Night Costumers, FIAAC, various Stich N Bitch groups, Ladies Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society, local photography groups or ArtKlub and the like for special events. We will also be look at targeted activities or special guests / events that may interest MC&AL members..

Suggested activities may include: Meet and Greets, Stash Exchanges, Biz Tips, Field Trips, Design Meetings, Special Guests, or Tech for Low Tech.... Suggestions welcome.

All general MC & AL meetings are open to the public and are free of charge. Drop in donations to NOVA Labs for hosting us are always welcome, see our tip jar! Special MC & AL events may have fees.

Please ask for a tour of NOVA Labs, come to an Open House, and consider becoming a Member. Our Members keep the lights on and allow us to host events and group projects and have an active community of Makers!

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  • Carrie H.

    No problem. We expect to be running these approx twice a month. And people will come and go and return when they can. I've added a coule of spaces to the event on the 17th. Plus I have started to set dates in Feb. Also look for other events which may not be Friday's.

    1 · December 31, 2013

    • Jessica

      Sounds good, Carrie! I won't be able to make this one, but I'm hoping to come out to one in the near future :).

      January 29, 2014

  • Mary D.

    Great meet up, it was so super to get to know you and see your projects! Here is the (first part) of the AMAZING sock knitting machine video:

    January 18, 2014

  • Jeanne M.

    I have a conflict with this session but would very much like to join the next one.

    December 31, 2013

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