Introduction to Spoon Carving
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Spoon Carving

Description

Come spend a three hours with Erik and Michele of Vevang MPLS getting full of wood chips at this slow living experience and discover the peaceful pleasure of creating a spoon in the Scandinavian tradition of carving.  Keep your spoon as a lifelong keepsake for yourself  or give it as a gift to a loved one.

This workshop is for beginners or those that are interested in green wood ( fresh wood) carving.  Ages 15+ unless accompanied by an adult.

  • all tools and supplies provided
  • you go home with your very own spoon to enjoy
  • a limited number of knives, scoops and spoon blanks available for purchase after class.

Ticket price: $80


About Vevang MPLS

VevangMPLS is a collaboration between Michele and Erik Vevang.  Since 2013,  they have been using traditional Scandinavian wood carving techniques to carve spoons and more recently bowls.  

Drawing on Erik's Norwegian heritage and the couples background in art they have been exploring the intersection of craft and art by working with locally sourced wood to produce practical and beautiful items.  All the spoons and bowls are made start to finish using traditional hand tools and are sealed with food grade oils for safe use.  Michele and Erik also work together on custom furniture, lighting and reclaimed wood installations.

The village of Vevang, Norway  is an old farming and fishing community located on the western coast of Norway where Erik's dad was born and continued to live while he operated the family's dairy farm.  Erik and Michele have spent many summers staying with Erik's family-father, aunts, uncles and cousins and enjoy spending time living with them and soaking up the Norwegian way of living. Vevang, Mpls is the couples way of bringing the lifestyle of Norway back to share in Minneapolis, MN.  

Both Erik and Michele have degrees in art, Erik's B.A. from St. Olaf with a major in sculpture, and Michele's B.F.A. from UW-STOUT with a major in printmaking.  They've been self employed since 2001.  Michele as a hair colorist/artist and Erik as a carpenter and woodworker.  In addition to their art training, they have enjoyed taking classes at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais MN, Most recently a spoon carving class with the awe-inspiring teaching duo Fred Livesay and Jarrod Dahl and earlier in spring of 2016, a bowl carving class with Beth Moen, the best bowl carver in the world, from Sweden.  

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April Richardson with Chip Pope, Greg Coleman, Wendy Maybury, and hosted by Jenn Schaal
Aug
8
to Aug 9

April Richardson with Chip Pope, Greg Coleman, Wendy Maybury, and hosted by Jenn Schaal

Description

Announcing an exclusive comedy event at 7th Street Entry this August 8 presented by Fool Proof! An excellent lineup featuring comedian April Richardson along with Chip Pope, Greg Coleman and Wendy Maybury. The evening is hosted by Jenn Schaal.

$10 ADV / $12 DAY OF

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Kickstarter Project Jam with Craighton Berman
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Kickstarter Project Jam with Craighton Berman

Description

It's an exciting time to be a creator. Making things you love—and getting them in front of people who want them—gets easier every day. New tools and shared workspaces make prototyping in your kitchen a thing of the past. Easier access to manufacturing resources has allowed first-time creators to successfully produce and fulfill their products. Combined with Kickstarter's platform for rich storytelling and a supportive community, it's possible to build an audience around your idea while raising the necessary funds to get your project off the ground. The challenge now is, what should I make? And what’s the right way to get it out of my head and into the world?

A Kickstarter Project Jam is a workshop about taking design ideas from concept to reality. This workshop—led by Chicago designer and educator Craighton Berman of Manual—will have a special focus on using Kickstarter for launching designed objects, but is open to other creative projects as well!

This Project Jam will be a mix of a "how to" for independent product development and launch as well as a share session and for peer feedback. Attendees who already have a creative project they are working on will get the feedback and direction they need to take the next step forward towards launch. (Bring any visuals or prototype/mock-ups to share!) Attendees who are not yet committed to any specific project will get a good sense of the whole process, and will get inspiration from participating in the group critique.

Participants Receive

Workshop Agenda

  • 6pm - Meet & greet
  • 6:30 - Kick off and presentation
  • 7:30 - Sharing, discussion, and shaping your project idea
  • 8:15 - Open Q&A
  • 8:30 - End of the evening

$20


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About Craighton Berman

Craighton Berman is a designer, illustrator, and creator based in Chicago. Craighton is the founder and creative director of Manual, a brand that creates designed objects for slow food & drink. He also teaches "Entrepreneurial Product Development" in the industrial design department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Craighton is passionate about independent design practice and forging new design-driven ventures! Craighton is a Kickstarter Thought Leader, and has launched seven Kickstarter campaigns.

About Kickstarter

Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality. To date, tens of thousands of creative projects — big and small — have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community.

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Forever a Rough Draft : A Writing and Movement Workshop
Jun
16
1:00 PM13:00

Forever a Rough Draft : A Writing and Movement Workshop

Description

A writing workshop that incorporates guided breathing + movement to explore what it means to tenderly occupy your body. Together we will unpack what limits us through self portraiture, body scans, manifesto writing and holding space for our voices.

This class is for anyone who wants to deepen their relationship with themselves. No yoga, writing or art making experience necessary. Come with your favorite pen, notebook, yoga mat. We will spend the duration of the class alternating between gentle movements / breathing and writing / drawing exercises. Attendees will receive a workbook, letterpress print + coupon code for the OBIYB shop + future online classes.

Length: 3 Hours

$40


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About On Being in Your Body

On Being in Your Body was created to challenge the ways humans are conditioned to relate to their bodies. OBIYB is a collection of ephemera that asks the viewer to take pause. It exists online, on paper, and in our skin. It is a reclamation and the love child of two writers, artists, and academics who are in constant pursuit of returning to the body. We are a small press that creates zines, alternative publications, and workbooks for personal growth. We collect stories, make space for other voices, teach workshops, and online classes. Our project is about discovering, remembering, and taking back what was taken from us as individuals and as a community.

Caitlin Metz is a tender queer, early morning art making human that employs empathy as a means of disruption. Her practice revolves around writing and art making as a way of being in her body and connecting with other human beings. She spends her days making books about feelings and teaching others to do the same.

Victoria Emanuela is a passionate students of life, explorer of the healing process, dad joke spewing human who is dedicated to creating windows where there are walls. She spends her days writing about personal transformation, teaching movements meditations and running her private practice as a counselor.

onbeinginyourbody.com / @onbeinginyourbody

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Found Textures, Dirty Hands and Bold Colors: A Digital Illustration Workshop with Brave the Woods
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Found Textures, Dirty Hands and Bold Colors: A Digital Illustration Workshop with Brave the Woods

Description

Join Brave the Woods for a fun night where you’ll first learn a bit about the husband and wife duo in a short Q&A style presentation. Then with Brad Woodard, we’ll be collecting and creating physical textures from nature (and other found objects) and scanning them into the computer to make a range of different digital texture tools to use in a digital illustration!

**You will be making taxonomy-style posters of a bug(s) in bold, minimal colors using loads of our newly made nature textures! **

You will be getting hands-on help and tips with Brad Woodard, a professional illustrator and graphic designer who is also one of Skillshare’s top teachers with more than 58,000 students between his 10 online courses. He is known for his bold, playful and colorful digital illustration style, working with clients like Clif Kid, Ebay, Target and Honda.

This will be a smaller workshop, so reserve your seat quickly! We want to be as hands-on and available as we can to each of you during this fun workshop.

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS: A laptop, Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator

MATERIALS PROVIDED: Scanners, “nature items” and other tools/materials for creating custom textures

Refreshments will also be provided.

Length: 2 Hours

$97

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Squarespace Basics
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Squarespace Basics

Description

This class will cover the basics of building a Squarespace website. We will discuss why to choose Squarespace over Wix, Wordpress, Shopify and what benefit those other platforms could lend your business. Expect visual guides and hands on learning. There will be time for questions, both general and site specific. 

This class is perfect for small businesses looking to amp up their online presence and create a mobile friendly website. If you don’t already have a (Squarespace) website but want to start one, this class will cover all those basics. Want to start a blog, passion project, or online portfolio? We will work through it all! Preferred that you bring a laptop for the most thorough learning experience.

We will cover:

  • Signing up for/logging into a Squarespace site
  • Structure of a Squarespace website
  • Template basics
  • How to navigate the backend
  • How to add pages, blogs, galleries
  • How to use Blocks and the art of the drag and drop
  • Basic SEO of Squarespace sites

We will not cover:

  • E-commerce platform
  • Advanced SEO
  • Online Marketing

Length: 2 Hours

Suggested donation of $15-$20


About Rebecca Power

Rebecca Power is a front end developer here in Minneapolis. She has been building Squarespace websites for the last three and a half years after working for the company in their Portland, OR offices. She combines her knowledge of the Squarespace platform with her development experience to extend Squarespace templates past their built in capabilities.

rebeccapower.me

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Lettering Time!
Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

Lettering Time!

Description

Join Ari Woeste and learn the basics of hand drawn lettering with good ol’ fashioned pencil & paper. In this workshop you’ll learn traditional hand lettering and calligraphic techniques, explore anatomy basics of popular lettering styles through hands-on demos and exercises, and refine your skills with realtime feedback. A lettering tools kit + a guided workbook will be provided to take home with you so you can continue the pursuit of lettering wherever you go!

INCLUDED IN COST:

  • Lettering Time Kit & Workbook!
  • Mimosas!
  • Coffee!
  • Snacks!

Ticket price: $100


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About Ari Woeste

Ari is a multi-disciplinary Independent Creative in Minneapolis, MN specializing in lettering, styling,
and photography.

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How To: Land Your First Design Job
Mar
10
3:00 PM15:00

How To: Land Your First Design Job

Description

You may have learned a lot in school (or on your own) about how to concept a brand, how to print riso zines or how to make a nice app, but what do you do after all of that? How do you convince an employer that not only do you have the skills, but you’re also a really rad person to work with? In this workshop, we’ll walk through a set of topics that take you from building a portfolio all the way through accepting a job offer. We’ll talk about things like email etiquette, how social media can be a tool, dreaded “networking events,” and many other helpful topics.

It’s all very overwhelming and we’re here to decipher it all! This workshop is best for students close to graduation or those who have recently graduated (or self-taught people in a similar boat)! While this workshop is open to everyone, it might be more helpful for those who are focused on print or print/hybrid roles.

Suggested Donation: $15-$20


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About Ashley Hohnstein

Ashley Hohnstein is a designer and illustrator living and working in Minneapolis. She is currently a senior designer at Target, focused on branding and packaging work for their owned brands. Outside of work, Ashley participates in illustration and lettering gallery shows, lectures at local design colleges about career preparation and takes a lot of walks with her dog, Stella.

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Introduction to Spoon Carving
Mar
8
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Spoon Carving

Description

Come spend a three hours with Erik and Michele of Vevang MPLS getting full of wood chips at this slow living experience and discover the peaceful pleasure of creating a spoon in the Scandinavian tradition of carving.  Keep your spoon as a lifelong keepsake for yourself  or give it as a gift to a loved one.

This workshop is for beginners or those that are interested in green wood ( fresh wood) carving.  Ages 15+ unless accompanied by an adult.

  • all tools and supplies provided
  • you go home with your very own spoon to enjoy
  • a limited number of knives, scoops and spoon blanks available for purchase after class.

Ticket price: $80


About Vevang MPLS

VevangMPLS is a collaboration between Michele and Erik Vevang.  Since 2013,  they have been using traditional Scandinavian wood carving techniques to carve spoons and more recently bowls.  

Drawing on Erik's Norwegian heritage and the couples background in art they have been exploring the intersection of craft and art by working with locally sourced wood to produce practical and beautiful items.  All the spoons and bowls are made start to finish using traditional hand tools and are sealed with food grade oils for safe use.  Michele and Erik also work together on custom furniture, lighting and reclaimed wood installations.

The village of Vevang, Norway  is an old farming and fishing community located on the western coast of Norway where Erik's dad was born and continued to live while he operated the family's dairy farm.  Erik and Michele have spent many summers staying with Erik's family-father, aunts, uncles and cousins and enjoy spending time living with them and soaking up the Norwegian way of living. Vevang, Mpls is the couples way of bringing the lifestyle of Norway back to share in Minneapolis, MN.  

Both Erik and Michele have degrees in art, Erik's B.A. from St. Olaf with a major in sculpture, and Michele's B.F.A. from UW-STOUT with a major in printmaking.  They've been self employed since 2001.  Michele as a hair colorist/artist and Erik as a carpenter and woodworker.  In addition to their art training, they have enjoyed taking classes at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais MN, Most recently a spoon carving class with the awe-inspiring teaching duo Fred Livesay and Jarrod Dahl and earlier in spring of 2016, a bowl carving class with Beth Moen, the best bowl carver in the world, from Sweden.  

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Improv for Creatives
Feb
10
1:00 PM13:00

Improv for Creatives

Description

Learn the basics of improv and how it can enhance your creative thinking in this highly participatory workshop. If you’ve ever wanted to try an improv class, gain new creative thinking skills, or just want to add silliness to your day, this fun workshop is for you!

Suggested donation of $15


About Beth k. Gibbs

Beth K. Gibbs is a Minneapolis-based illustrator, podcaster, and improvisor. Beth is 1/3 of the three-human comedy group, Ladyfriend. Beth also co-hosts a monthly podcast called Totes Recall.

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How To: Land Your First Design Job With Ashley Hohnstein
Nov
11
3:00 PM15:00

How To: Land Your First Design Job With Ashley Hohnstein

 
HowToLandYourFirstDesignJob

Description

You may have learned a lot in school (or on your own) about how to concept a brand, how to print riso zines or how to make a nice app, but what do you do after all of that? How do you convince an employer that not only do you have the skills, but you’re also a really rad person to work with? In this workshop, we’ll walk through a set of topics that take you from building a portfolio all the way through accepting a job offer. We’ll talk about things like email etiquette, how social media can be a tool, dreaded “networking events,” and many other helpful topics. It’s all very overwhelming and we’re here to decipher it all! This workshop is best for students close to graduation or those who have recently graduated (or self-taught people in a similar boat)! While this workshop is open to everyone, it might be more helpful for those who are focused on print or print/hybrid roles.

Suggested donation of $15-20


 
 
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About Ashley Hohnstein

Ashley Hohnstein is a designer and illustrator living and working in Minneapolis. She is currently a senior designer at Target, focused on branding and packaging work for their owned brands. Outside of work, Ashley participates in illustration and lettering gallery shows, lectures at local design colleges about career preparation and takes a lot of walks with her dog, Stella.

 
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Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

How To: Brand Yo' Self With Meg Lewis

 

Description

Personal brands [insert eye roll] are so trendy right now! Join Meg Lewis as she takes the disgusting goo off a term that makes us all gag and turns it into something delicious. Have you been struggling to find your voice in the grand scheme of the internet (or life, honestly)? Has it taken way too long to make your personal website? In this workshop, you’ll learn to leverage your unique personality into an internet, IRL, work/life that feels authentically you. You’ll learn tips and tricks for posting on social media, creating a personal website, pitching yourself for interviews, and creating a positive internet, & IRL, space for you to be you! This workshop is part therapy session part decision making time!

Suggested donation of $15-20


 
 
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About Meg Lewis

Meg Lewis is a designer who specializes in creating personable, positive, friendly experiences for happy companies. Meg is also the founder & partner at Ghostly Ferns, a collective of designers and commercial artists working together & separately. In addition to client work, Meg is a speaker and educator, traveling the world speaking at conferences and private events on personal brand, defining a purpose, and living an authentic life.

 
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Responsive Web Design Workshop with Ethan Marcotte & Karen McGrane
Aug
24
9:00 AM09:00

Responsive Web Design Workshop with Ethan Marcotte & Karen McGrane

Spend the day with Ethan Marcotte and Karen McGrane and leave with a smile on your face—as well as an in-depth understanding of what you’ll need to know to run your responsive redesign right.

Topics include:

Our Multi-Device Future
Content Strategy for Mobile
Fundamentals of Responsive Layout
Process and Performance
Responsive Design Governance

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Hellavision Television Animation Show
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

Hellavision Television Animation Show

Join us at Fool Proof for Hellavision, an open submission cartoon show about problems. Stop by to watch the show!

Animators include:
Lila Burns
Tommy Takezawa
Adam Loomis
Sean Suchara
Erik Blad
Nathan Motzko
Michael Swearingen
Ben Tye
Brandon Lecy
Michelle Brost
Dane Cree
Noah Lawrence-Holder
Emory Allen
Chloe Wolfe
Jake Huffcutt
Mason Sklar
Zach Stoebner
John McColgan
Peter Steineck
Danielle Chenette
and more!

instagram.com/hellavisiontelevision

 

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Space Warming Day!
Mar
11
2:00 PM14:00

Space Warming Day!

The day is finally here. Join us for the launch of Fool Proof! Our weird event is open to fools of all ages. Here's what to expect:

2PM

  • Ghostly Ferns will be slinging their freaky goods with a popup shop.
  • Amalgamated Sound will host a vinyl garage sale.
  • The space will be open for those who want to peep on the action.


5PM

  • A special screening of nobody's favorite, Crocodile Dundee 2. Bring your own Milk Duds and nachos, and bring us some too.


7PM

  • DJ's Erik Westra & Bennett Johnson will spin vinyl records.
  • Pizza will be delivered, hopefully by someone hunky but we won't count on it.
 
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