Terrarium Workshop with Jamie McCracken

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Sunday April 8th‬, 12 – 2 pm
$25/adult, $12/ children under 12.

All supplies included.

Come & learn how to assemble & care for your own terrarium! Get you hands dirty & your creativity flowing while create an indoor ecosystem. No green thumb required.

Rsvp required: info@texphilly.com (Class size is limited, save your spot!)

Event hosted by Tulpehocken Exchange @ Awbury Arboretum’s Agricultural Village in Germantown.

If you are driving, park at the Ardleigh St entrance and then just follow the path in.

Here’s the pin:

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Jamie McCracken has a passion for bringing people & plants together. She loves encouraging people to appreciate, value & connect nature in an accessible way. She specializes in container gardens and floral design.

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Crochet Basics: 3 Class Series!

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Come out this spring and learn to crochet.

In a series of 3 classes you can learn how to chain, single and double crochet, work in the round and how to read a pattern. Come create simple crafts and have fun at the same time. Sign up for one class, or sign up for all three.
Location varies:
On Sunday April 8 and May 6, class takes place at beautiful Awbury Arboretum’s Agricultural Village, on Washington Lane from 3 – 5:00 pm. This is an indoor/ outdoor space. Pack a picnic and join us. 
On Sunday, April 22 class takes place from 10-12:30 pm at our studio in Germantown: the Tulpehocken Exchange (47 East High Street, Phila.)
Suggested materials: a J or K size crochet hook and some cotton yarn.
Price:
$20 per class, bring your own supplies.
$30 per class/ all supplies included.
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Interview: Joe Carlough, DIY Publisher

Joe Carlough is a DIY publisher based in Philadelphia. He runs Displaced Snail Publications, and has collaborated with organizations such as Microcosm Publishing, Joyful Noise Recordings, and Portland State University; musicians such as Kishi Bashi, Hrishikesh Hirway, Sound of Ceres, Serengeti and Tall Tall Trees; and a slew of authors from unpublished to published by Random House. Keep your eye out for his zines as props in the upcoming movie production Adam from Ariel Schrag and Rhys Ernst.

Joe and Katie Haegele will be leading a Zine making workshop this Sunday, March 18 at the Tulpehocken Exchange in Germantown. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-a-zine-day-tickets-42911152412


Name: Joe Carlough
Age: 31
Hometown: Edison, NJ
Current town: East Falls, Philadelphia PA
Job description: DIY Publisher, part time Linguistic Annotator

Upcoming projects: I’m currently working on a prologue comic with Chicago rapper Serengeti to promote the creation of his full-length graphic novel, which I’ll also be publishing. As for my own work, I’m working on a new series of tiny books about pets, and a collection of recipes for an alcoholic non-beer alternative.

Select links: displacedsnail.com

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What themes and concepts does your work generally revolve around?

Lately, my work depends more and more on size than anything else. I’ve been getting a real kick out of developing books centered around how small I can make them while retaining legibility, and so I’ve been writing a lot of VERY short stories. To try and sum up my work in one sentence: Small, handmade books and zines, mostly nonfiction but sometimes poetry, about animals, celestial bodies, and my life.

What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

I tend to flesh out design before anything else: if I have a good idea, I want to know what the zine will look like before I get to creating the content. I tend to measure my ideas by size – that story is only worth 6 pages of a quarter sized zine, or this one needs to be at least 20 pages, maybe half size. Mind, though, smaller doesn’t mean worse. There are a LOT of zines that I make that are tiny and I love that about them

Describe your current state of mind.

Harried and tired. I’m launching this comics project and it’s exciting and fun and excellent and…exhausting!

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Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?

Music. I’m currently in a band and managing a band, but managing a band is more social organization, and the band I’m in makes experimental noise music, which doesn’t offer much structure in a way. I’d like to get out more on my own, but I’ve been a bit shy about pursuing it!

What is your dream project?

House zine maker for a reputable record label. I also sometimes have to tour with the bands.

Are you involved with any organizations?

Not at the moment, but in the past I’ve belonged to The Soapbox, and a number of Meetup groups. I’ve been really toning that down lately to focus on my own work. Though, my partner Katie and I do run a zine library // show space, East Falls Zine Reading Room. That might count.

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Do you collaborate with other people?

Often. Katie and I make a lot of zines together, and I publish work for a few people. I also take on clients for book design and printing, and work in a more collaborative role with the record label Joyful Noise Recordings – I guess maybe I’ve almost accomplished my dream project, ha.

What are a few of your favorite spots in your area?

Well, I miss the Falls Taproom dearly, which just closed, but have been spending a good amount of time at Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon. I’m always up for some fried chicken from Foghorn, and I’ve heard the new Le Bus is very good, so who knows, maybe that’ll become a haunt for a drink or two. I also love to walk around the city, and do a lot of that just for the walk. I also like the hermit’s cave in Wissahickon, which is a short walk from our house.

What are you reading?

I’m currently reading through David Sedaris’ Chipmunk Seeks Squirrel, and am about to start Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s Guest and Other Horror Stories. I’m also in a constant state of reading regional ghost stories in anthologies or online.

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What are you listening to these days?

Woof, let’s see. I just bought the Diners album Three. Cults’ Offering, Mount Eerie’s Now Only, of Montreal’s Innocence Reaches and Skeletal Lamping. Open Mike Eagles’ Brick Body Kids Still Daydream. Serengeti’s Family and Friends. Oh, and Sleep Party People’s Lingering is very good!

 

What was the last show you attended?

We try to go to a few shows a month. We recently saw Rabbits to Riches at The Pharmacy in South Philly, and will definitely see George Clanton when he’s in town in April.

 

Your websites: displacedsnail.com, scarymovieclub.com, displacedsnail on IG

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Joe and Katie Haegele will be leading a Zine making workshop this Sunday, March 18 at the Tulpehocken Exchange in Germantown. Tickets available: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-a-zine-day-tickets-42911152412

Make a Zine Day: March 18!

Katie Haegele and Joe Carlough lead this zine making workshop at Tulpehocken Exchange. Build upon your knowledge by taking more than one session, or just get started by taking one class!

Next date/ Time: Sunday, March 18th from 1 pm – 4 pm.

Location: 47 East High Street, Philadelphia (in Germantown).

Price: $15/ online, $20 the day of the event

Light refreshments will be served.

Tickets available: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-a-zine-day-tickets-42911152412

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What is a zine you may ask? It’s a self published, small circulation book. DIY. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zine

Katie Haegele is a writer, zine maker, and book critic who lives in Philadelphia. She is the author of the memoir White Elephants, and the essay collection Slip of the Tongue: Talking About Language. Her written works have been published in Utne, Bitch, Adbusters, The Comics Journal, Philadelphia Magazine, The Believer Logger, and elsewhere. Find her online at www.thelalatheory.com/

Joe Carlough has been making zines under the name Displaced Snail Publications for the past ten years. He’s quietly entered the world of DIY publishing, becoming the zine and book maker for such outfits as QuillsEdge Press, Joyful Noise Recordings, and a range of clients from budding poets to Random House authors. He owns three different printers, six unique staplers, and literally tens of thousands of sheets of paper. Find him online at displacedsnail.com.

 

Tickets available: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-a-zine-day-tickets-42911152412

Pastel Portrait Class, Show at Newark Arts Alliance, and New Chinchilla-centric Painting

Pastel Portrait Class

Today I taught a pastel portrait class for beginners at Tulpehocken Exchange. It was the perfect activity for a rainy Saturday afternoon. It was an intimate group with creative folks including musicians and a sculptor. I taught them some basics using dry pastel and offered tips on facial proportions, color, the blending vs. texture balance, and various methods of achieving different styles. Pastels are a great way to get vivid, painterly affects. They’re a wonderful step into painting. (Or use on their own.) Check out the slideshow below to see photos from the class.

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All Kinds Pop-Up Art Exhibit 

My next show will be at the Newark Arts Alliance in Newark, Delaware. It’s a pop-up exhibit “featuring artists that fall at ALL points on the weird spectrum.” CLICK HERE to visit the Facebook event. I hope to unveil some new pieces there.

Important Info

Time/Date: March 25th, 12 – 4 PM

Location: Newark Arts Alliance
276 E Main St, Suite 102
Newark, Delaware 19711

More info on the Newark Arts Alliance can be found at newarkartsalliance.org .

Chinchilla Floral 
Those who know me in person know that I have 2 ornery chinchillas that I love to pieces. I created this small watercolor painting of a chinchilla floral print. It’s now available on Society6 on phone cases pillows, travel mugs, stickers, and other projects. Personally, I think it’s perfect to show your chinchilla love with a snazzy phone case. You can visit my shop  HERE Chinchilla Floral

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Click on the image to go directly to the chinchilla floral products.

 

Interview with Megan Haupt

Megan Haupt is leading a seminar on Healthy Food Relationships this coming Saturday, January 27th at the Tulpehocken Exchange from 2-3:30 pm.

I first met Megan years ago, through our mutual involvement with a variety of community and arts events. The one that stands out in my mind is Swap O Rama Rama, which, as I understand it, Megan facilitated. This was a huge event with easily a thousand people in attendance. It was a clothes swap with workshops, dedicated to reducing textile waste by keeping clothes out of the landfills and waste stream. This was an expertly run event. Handmade Philly was one of the many organizations present, hosting workshops.

Years later, I attended a class hosted by the Permaculture Society, at Wyck House in Germantown. Megan was the instructor, leading an engaging dialogue on miso, complete with history, nutrition, preparation and cooking demos. Again, the information I gathered that day resonated, and I incorporated miso into my life at a much deeper level than before the class.

When we opened the doors to Tulpehocken Exchange, I reached out to Megan and of course, asked her to get involved. These days her focus has been on food education, which leads us to Saturday, when Megan will be leading a seminar on Healthy Food Relationships. We do hope you’ll join us!

Below is an interview I recently conducted with Megan.

Name: Megan Haupt

Age: 46

Hometown:  Langhorne, PA (Bucks County)

Current town:  Flourtown

Job description:  Founder, Hungry Education

Bio:  Megan has been a food educator for over 12 years, teaching adults and children in community-based settings. She believes that food education must meet people where they are in order to be effective, and that educating the entire family is essential to help kids become food-smart. Her areas of interest include: food history, food science, and food culture.

In addition to her education experience, Megan has launched several small businesses and has professional backgrounds in higher education, business (non- and for-profit), and the performing arts.

Megan is an active member of PA Nutrition Education Network.

Upcoming projects:  More picky eating research, designing a summer camp for Reading Terminal Market.

 

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Describe your work. Forward facing with TONS of research.

What themes and concepts does your work generally revolve around? I am fascinated with food history, food science, food culture, and food futurism and how all of them are currently intersecting.

What are you currently working on? How to get people to pull back the curtains when it comes to diet and food. Most people are afraid to look and I am trying to find ways to make it less scary.

What’s been happening in your life? A LOT of shifting. Delving into these topics of food relationship and personal accountability has been uncomfortable for me as well.

What’s next for you? How do we get people to engage around the topic of food relationships. How do we demystify and how do we bring it to a digital environment.

Describe your current state of mind. Constantly running.

What’s inspiring you? Really exciting changes in storytelling as a whole. Old narratives need to GO!

Is any of your work political? Oh yes, but mostly on an individual level. Food is deeply personal, larger changes can only occur when there is widespread individual change.

What are you trying to communicate with your art? Food is WAY more than just nutrients. Food parallels life. If you are not engaged with your food, you are not engaged with your life.

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What is one of the biggest challenges you face? Time and how to balance work and life.

Has the meaning of your work changed over time? Most definitely. I am almost full circle with my understanding of food and life. I see that I will most likely be closer once I go through menopause.

What is your dream project? So many. Maybe a food ed conference for educators around the topic of food relationships.

Do you collaborate with other people? All the time. A good collaboration is exhilarating. A bad one is crushing.

What are a few of your favorite spots in your area? Wissahickon, Norristown Farm Park, Erdenheim Farm, The Farm Cooking School, Good Spoon Soupery, Hungry Pigeon, Kensington Quarters.

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People in your field whom you most admire: Edna Lewis (the Grandmother of farm-to-table), Heather Thomasan (founder of Eat Retreat, Primal Supply Meats, lady butcher), Marion Woodman.

What are you reading? “The Edible Woman” by Margaret Atwood.

Favorite comic strips/ comic books/ graphic novels? Krazy Kat, anything by Chris Ware.

What are you listening to these days? early Deutschpunk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZnDbY-Jc6o or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGYH9lT9Ru8

What was the last show you attended? Sleep at Union Transfer; it’s been a while.

What was the last exhibit you attended? PHL Assembled at PMA Perelman bldg.

Your website: http://www.hungryeducation.com/

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Join us for Megan’s seminar on Healthy Food Relationships this coming Saturday, January 27th at the Tulpehocken Exchange from 2-3:30 pm. 47 East High Street, Right Entrance.

Please rsvp by emailing: info@handmadephilly.com

$15/ per person, sliding scale (pay what you can). Suggested for Ages 15+.

Light refreshments served.

Healthy Food Relationships Seminar

Posted On January 11, 2018

Filed under Local Events, Member Spotlight

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Join us for a Hungry Education Seminar, led by Megan Haupt!

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Meet the inspiring Megan Haupt:

Let’s get defiant about healthy food relationships and ditch the diet, ALL diets in 2018. I’ll be leading this interactive workshop at @Tulpehocken Exchange in January. Get ready to challenge your beliefs about weight, your body, and food. We’ll cover it all: history, culture, biology, and gender stereotypes. Hope to see you there!

“If we should evolve an aesthetic for women that was appropriate to women it would reflect this diversity, would conceive, indeed celebrate and even love, slenderness in a woman intended by nature to be slim, and love the rounded cheeks of another, the plump arms, broad shoulders, narrow hips, full thighs, rounded ass, straight back, narrow shoulders or slender arms, of a woman made that way according to her nature.” Kim Chernin

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