DIY @ MOV 2. Sounds cryptic doesn’t it? Turns out it’s code for a whole lot of crafty fun! Or “Do It Yourself and the Museum of Vancouver 2″.
I’ve been trying to focus on doing fun things that I want to do. It’s a part of the process of figuring out who I am and what I want out of life. I think this is part of enjoying being single. It’s easy to focus on being lonely or being the 8th wheel when you’re out with a group of couples. Instead, I’m focusing on the things I want and making plans for myself. Or at least working towards this concept.
I had read about the first DIY @ MOV but hadn’t been able to make it. I decided that I would make it out to the second one whether it was by myself or with some friends. I tried recruiting a group of crafty girlfriends, but in the end it was just me and one other friend.
It was a great evening. There were booths selling hand made products, from pins to storybooks to jewelery to bags. As we headed into the main room we were handed goody bags full of items from the craft stations to try at home. The room was full of craft stations and people to demonstrate or help you get started. There was a “Knit Pit” with a huge pile of yarn and needles, a collage station, a colouring station (yes I sat around with a pile of crayons and a colouring book on a Friday night), a weaving station, a spinning station, a felting station and a jewelry making station.
The room had bowls of candy and chips spread around so you could grab a snack when you wanted something to go with your glass of wine or beer. My friend sent me a text message the next day saying “My perfect night…crafts, wine and chips.”
We spent most of our time at three of the stations. First we tried felting and made a bangle bracelet. Mine turned out too small to make it over my hand, so Mittens has a new toy, but she’s very happy with it. It was just enough to give me a taste of what sorts of things you could do with felting and has left me considering taking a class in it.
After that we went to the collage station. I love taking images and text from old books and magazines, and combining them with different textures to create an image.
We also made a brooch at the jewelery station. We were given scraps of cloth (looked mostly like old sweaters cut up), some beads, buttons and a needle and thread.
The atmosphere of the group was great. It was mostly women, but there was the occasional man who was obviously there with a girlfriend. The people there were very friendly and conversation was easily started with lines like “Do you collage often?” In any other group, you’d think that was a cheesy pick up line. I loved looking around the room and seeing people standing around knitting.
This was the second time I’d been to the Museum of Vancouver and I had a similar experience of enjoying being single, exploring my own interests and being independent. I ended up buying a membership for the museum. I mean, the next exhibit opening in May is all about shoes. Really, you can’t get much more “me” than that!