NEW to WESTFEST
Artist’s workshops for all ages.
Please join us. All workshops are FREE!!
"Day de Dada does Aesop"
Become a star as Day de Dada Performance Art Collective creates video reenactments of Aesop’s Fables. Props and Costumes supplied, no acting experience necessary!
11:30- 2:00 p.m.
"Healthy Food Healthy World"
Hiroko Otani will perform a kid’s activity called "Healthy Food Healthy World". This is interactive nutrition program with felt storyboard science and art activities.
3:00- 4:00 p.m.
"Plastic Fantastic Plarn Party" w/ Nan Smith:
Know how to knit or crochet? Want to recycle colorful plastic bags to make something Fun with Friends? Join us for the "Plastic Fantastic Plarn Party". Learn how to make Plastic Yarn aka "PLARN" to add to our existing community project. Re-Use & Recycle to make Art! Check us out on FB at Plastic Fantastic!
"MY SI QUILT PROJECT"
The goal of the workshop is to show Staten Islander's "pride of place". Participants are invited to stitch simple symbolic marks on fabric maps of Staten Island to represent a place that has special meaning to them and to sew fabric pieced blocks to become part of the quilt. No sewing experience is required! Participants are invited to write their comments in the project's logbook; we are not just making quilts, we are also sharing our stories, history and culture of Staten Island. The project is also intended to promote the creative arts of hand sewing and quilting.
So far over 250 people have participated in the ongoing "My SI Quilt Project". Currently the third quilt is being made by community members in various locations on Staten Island. The completed quilt project accompanied by the comments from the logbooks will be on display in different locations around Staten Island; they will then be presented in the other New York City boroughs to show Staten Islanders "pride of place".
Sewing Bees My SI Quilt Project
Everet is a self-taught fiber artist, an active member in the Staten Island artist community since 1997. She made her first quilt with recycled fabrics, influenced by the craft movement in the '70s; in the past 15 years has presented her wall hangings in NYC galleries, at high-end craft markets and as an artist street vendor. Recently Everet has been sharing her expressive sewing skills by leading creative hand sewing classes, holding improvisational sewing events and running clothes repurposing workshops.
A native New Yorker, Everet is fascinated by our local stories, heritage and culture; her home/studio is on Staten Island overlooking the Narrows alive with nature and commerce.