Teacher Spotlight: April Walters

In this spotlight, we’re talking all things collage with our paper-loving member, April Walters.

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How long have you been collaging?

Since junior high, at least. My best friends and I kept shared notebooks that we would decorate with cutouts from surf magazines and really old Seventeen magazines. I wasn’t exposed to much art as a kid but I always loved paper and had my paper projects. Always. Decoupaged box Christmas gifts, covered a whole wall in my bedroom, collaged birthday and thank you cards—that sort of thing. My more in-depth study of collage is less than a year old, but my, she grows every day!

Why did you want to teach a collage class?

When I started the collage workshops at Makeshift, I felt really stuck. My job was to be online all day and every day—Twitter, Facebook, name a social media network, and I had to be there. I had no attention span and I felt bad about myself because of the large amount of time I spent ingesting and admiring stuff that other people created. It was exhausting and I knew something was missing.

The collage workshop was a way to try something completely new. A real life event, with people, encouraging people to use their hands, use their creativity, leading people in an area that I wasn’t exactly an expert. What I lack in schooling, I make up for in curiosity, observation, and experimentation.

Between my paper collection and one stop at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, I had enough material to do a dress rehearsal with some very kind friends. And June is already the 7th Collage Workshop at the Makeshift Society!

What has been your experience been like teaching this class?

Would it sound drastic if I say life-changing? Hosting the Collage Workshop altered many things for me. Doing it was a brave thing and I still have brief moments of terror before doing each workshop—it is still absolutely worth it. My favorite thing is to look at the collection of collages at the end of the evening. The ideas and new things that people can create is a remarkable, beautiful thing. And everyone has such a unique perspective and take on how to transform something as simple as old paper. It’s fun to see everyone learn from each other too. I really just want more people to take a moment to use their hands because it’s such a powerful thing that is easy to ignore.

What inspires your themes for the class?

Three things help me select what sort of images to pull for each workshop: trends I notice within my paper collection, subjects I like, the people who come to each workshop and what they’d be inspired by. So far, I’ve done workshops around dance, space, the body, color, food, and cars. The next workshop is, well, let’s just say that things might get Wild.

Here’s a peek at April’s last collage workshop, as snapped by Celeste Noche.


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And don’t forget to signup for April’s 7th (!) collage workshop on June 22nd.

Member Mixer with Edition One Books

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This month’s monthly member mixer is sponsored by Edition One Books.

Edition One Books aims to deliver the best short run books available to discerning art and design professionals. Customers can choose from a variety of binding, cover, and paper options. From start to finish, the entire process happens in-house in Berkeley, CA.

There will be some samples to check out, and Ben will be there to chat.

We hope to see you on Friday!

 

 

SF Postcard Project

from Hunter Franks…

SF Postcard Project collects positive stories on 6th & Market

This past Saturday, SF Postcard Project collaborated with Urban SpaceshipSan Francisco Planning and Urban Research AssociationNeighborlandTwitter,ArtIsMobilusRebarSupervisor Jane Kim, and others to engage the community to collect ideas and stories for how to improve 6th Street.

Over six hours on a beautiful day, I collected over 50 positive personal stories on postcards which will be mailed off to random San Francisco residents. It’s funny, the goal of this project is to challenge people’s perceptions of marginalized communities, and each time I collect postcards, I realize my perceptions change too.

One of the biggest factors that keeps people away from the Tenderloin is fear. People see the crime, drugs, and poverty on the news. But they never see the positive stories. They never get the chance to, because they are told to stay away from here. That is where the SF Postcard Project comes in.

This project provides a personal positive story delivered right to your home. This isn’t the news. This is life. This is an artist selling her paintings on the corner. This is a father spending all day with his son. This is a neighborhood leader championing tenant rights. This is a previously homeless individual back on his feet. These are stories that deserve to be heard. So check any preconceived notions about the Tenderloin at the door and check your mail.

Check out photos from the day below and see some of the postcards here.

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May’s Pop-Up Shop: Rare Device

We love displaying different products and wears at Makeshift in our rotating pop-up space. It’s a great way to introduce new brands to our members, and the public, as well as offering brick and mortar space to online retailers. This months’ curated shop is from Rare Device. Although they have a shop over on Divisadero Street, they wanted to bring some of their goods to Makeshift Society.

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Plate by Rob Ryan

 

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Handmade Confetti Eggs by Tiffanie Turner 

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Avva Trio Candle Sticks

Hurry over before the month is over to snatch up these goodies!

-Ashley