Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Camp Design Build Adventure: REGISTER NOW!

Our friends at El Cosmico are hosting an amazing Design Build Adventure Camp December 15-22, 2011. No previous building experience is necessary and the class is designed to inspire and inform everyone from architects looking to get their hands dirty to laypeople who'd like to experience the design build process for the first time. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore and learn about magical Marfa. DON'T WAIT, the Deadline to register is November 30th! Visit the El Cosmico website for more details.

Learn. Create Community. Get Your Hands Dirty. Play. This 6-day workshop focuses on locality and community in design build - not just the materials and the construction techniques, but how climate, geography, socioeconomics, personal relationships and even factors like the food, music and art of a place can and should influence design. More than just a how-to clinic, Camp Design Build Adventure is about creating meaningful experience as we work. We believe that an important part of the design process takes place in shared communal moments around the camp, dinner table, and bonfire. Throughout the course of the workshop, Adventurers will source materials locally, design and construct furniture, and build their furniture designs all within the context of creating moments of community, purpose and fun.

This winter's workshop will focus on furniture design for a good cause. The course begins with an introduction to the art and architecture of the area - participants will gain unique access though private studio visits with artists and designers living and working in Marfa, and campers will have site-specific design sessions in some of the area's most interesting settings. Adventurers will then build their furniture designs in the El Cosmico shop using exciting tools and fabrication techniques. In keeping with the spirit of Camp Design Build Adventure, the week will culminate in a community event for locals and campers - we'll enjoy food donated and prepared by Farmhouse Delivery, and completed furniture pieces will be auctioned to benefit the West Texas Food Bank. See the daily schedule here.

Monday, November 21, 2011

New Crewel With Katherine Shaughnessy

Our friend Katherine Shaughnessy is visiting us from her digs in West Texas. Don't miss this opportunity to spend an afternoon with a very special person, talented artist, and knowledgeable teacher. All skill levels are welcome to this crewel workshop which will cover the basics of embroidery in addition to eight crewel stitches and finishing techniques. Workshop participants will receive all the supplies needed to get started including Shaughnessy's book, The New Crewel, which offers 30 of her original designs, 15 fun projects, and 16 classic embroidery stitches. Additional crewel kits and supplies will be available for sale at the workshop. Please visit our website to preregister for this class.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Oil and Cotton at Jingle Bash this SATURDAY!

Join us this Saturday at the FREE Esty Jingle Bash. Make and take DIY gift embellishments and crafts with Oil and Cotton and start your holiday shopping by supporting local creatives.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Oak Cliff at the DMA Jean Paul Gaultier Late Night

Join Oil and Cotton for a one night only site-specific art installation at the Dallas Museum of Art. Free for members and kids under 12. $10 or $8 if you wear stripes. 6-10pm.

Oil and Cotton presents an installation of contemporary art and domestic craft. Guests can try spinning and weaving with June Covington, who will share her expertise on domestic and fiber arts history. Crisman Liverman will perform his dress, a billowing patchwork of fabrics, creating an interactive dance party for museum-goers to enter, participate in, and behold. View art by Rebecca Carter, including her delicate threaded text pieces created specifically for this event. Drinks will be available for purchase at a cash bar in Fleischner Courtyard.

Plus more exciting contributions from our Oak Cliff neighbors, Coco Andre, Cassie MacGregor and Julie McCullough.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

TODAY: FREE GIFT BAG at Oil and Cotton

The first twenty friends to join us for the Second Saturday Tyler Davis Block Party (4-6pm) will receive a gift bag from Oil and Cotton. The bag includes our new line of M. Graham paints, a pewter charm from our friend's at F. is for Frank, and our new collection of hand-printed cards made by Allison Vieger. We are stocking the shop with new art supplies, creative kits, and handmade gifts for the holidays.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Día de los Muertos Celebration TONIGHT!!!

The Tyler Davis District is hosting a Día de los Muertos Celebration November 2nd (TONIGHT) from 7-10pm. The Day of the Dead Celebration is a tradition that was created to serve the public need to mourn, reflect, and celebrate the universal experience of Death, through their ancestors, loved ones, and the living. Join us as we honor and celebrate the rich traditions of the Hispanic Community in the heart of Oak Cliff for an unforgettable Día de los Muertos Celebration.

Festivities Include

• Music
• Face Painting
• Altar Tour
• Live Theatrical Performance and Storytelling at Word Space
• Educational Presentation-History of Día de los Muertos at Coco Andre
• Altar Contest Judged by Councilmember, Delia Jasso
• Delicious Traditional Food & Hot Chocolate and Sugar skull decorating at Coco Andre
• Papel Picado making and Paper Flowers at Oil and Cotton