October 13, 2012
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE! (The store actually is out of stock of the screen printing kits, and they are reordering.) PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON FOR THE NEW DATE!
Come join me at the Manhattan location for Michaels Arts & Crafts store here in NYC! I’ll be demonstrating how to screen print at home with the Tulip Screen It system. It’s a pretty sweet kit (and super easy to use — just a couple of weeks ago, I transformed my bathroom into a darkroom by simply unscrewing the regular light bulb and replacing it with the yellow one you see below), and I’m looking forward to sharing with you how fun it is to use. You can print on T-shirts (think team or camp T-shirts, T-shirts for birthday gifts and favors), sweatshirts, tote bags, baby onesies, skirts, jeans — the list is endless…
At Michaels, I’ll be screening on plain cotton woven fabric — a nice cloth napkin square that can be pinned on as a patch, stitched with some backing as a pillow, or used as a quilt square! My sister and I actually designed a brand new graphic specifically for this event, so come on out and you may walk away with a printed square with this friendly T. rex in a T-shirt to incorporate into your next craft project!
And who knows, maybe I’ll print a T-shirt or two in advance to giveaway…
Hope to see you there!
Michaels Arts & Crafts Store
808 Columbus Avenue (at 100th street)
New York, NY
PS: If you’re not in NYC, check the list here to see if there’s a demo happening at your local Michaels Craft Store! There’s a different design and different artist at each location.
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September 29, 2012
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Hey New York — this just in: Megan will be demonstrating some T-shirt transformation techniques at the Maker Square Stage at Maker Faire NYC in just one week!
Reduce, Reuse, ReFASHION! Learn 3 quick-fire, no-sew ways to transform that boring, boxy T-shirt that’s been languishing in the back of your closet into your next go-to style staple. Scissors will be provided, so bring a T-shirt and follow along!
Maker Faire takes place at the New York Hall of Science in Queens — details below.
Maker Faire NY 2012 (@makerfaire)
New York Hall of Science (@nysci)
47-01 111th Street
Queens, NY 11368
Click here for directions. Hope to see you there!
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March 15, 2012
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
As part of their “Make It Thursdays” program, Megan will be teaching a no-sew T-shirt refashioning class at the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan, New York. She will demonstrate a handful of no-sew fabric construction techniques and teach participants how to apply them to make a scarf, a halter top, a refashioned T-shirt, and more. The one-time class is $10 for non-members — materials are included. Click through to the museum page to reserve your spot. Hope to see you there!
American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square
Columbus Avenue at 66th Street
New York, NY 10023
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March 8, 2012
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join Megan Nicolay, eco-fashionista and author of the bestselling books Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt and Generation T: Beyond Fashion: 120 New Ways to Transform a T-shirt, for a crafty Tee Party on Thursday, March 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, New Hampshire.
She’ll be in town for an artist’s residency at the Brett School from March 6 to 9, which will be a private program for students in grades 6 through 8 at the school (local home schooled students are also welcome) — but the event on Thursday is open to all members of the community! Megan will demonstrate clothing redesign techniques and projects from her newest book, and she invites participants to bring an old T-shirt or two from the back of their closets to join in the fun — scissors will be provided. Learn dozens of ways to breathe new life into that wardrobe essential: the classic T-shirt.
Cook Memorial Library
Woodcut of Cook Memorial Library by Willey Fromm.
93 Main Street
Tamworth, NH 03886
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November 10, 2011
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Please join Megan Nicolay at Housing Works Bookstore this Thursday November 10, 2011 to help celebrate the launch of The Burdastyle Sewing Handbook by Nora Abousteit and Alison Kelly (co-founder and creative director at BurdaStyle/ former Project Runway contestant, respectively).
She’ll be without her trusty scissors and T-shirts, but instead representing iLoveToCreate and wielding a mean set of Tulip glitter tattoo materials — all the better to “ink” you with, my dears! But even if you don’t want the tattoo, come for to meet the BurdaStyle team, the book contributors (I bet they’ll even sign a book if you ask them nicely!), and some of your favorite DIY bloggers and craft personalities. But there’s more: Check out the Singer Make-and-Take Lounge, the photobooth, Spoonflower fabrics — or hey, just enjoy the wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres!
BurdaStyle Book Party
Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby Street, New York
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October 18, 2011
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sharpen your scissors, folks! (Okay, don’t worry about the scissors, we’ll provide them — and sharpen them, too.) Just pack an old T-shirt that you want to freshen up, and come to the free T-shirt refashioning event at The Duplex in NYC’s West Village on Tuesday October 18, 2011 from 7 to 9 pm! Megan will teach two designs from her books Generation T and Generation T: Beyond Fashion (and if the time allows, a bonus look, too!). Scissors and any other necessary tools will be provided, books will be for sale (get them signed!), and drinks (also for sale!) will be served by the talented Matthew Fletcher. Hope to see you there.
61 Christopher Street (at 7th Avenue)
New York, NY 10014
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June 26, 2011
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
It is officially summer (read: T-shirt season!), so nothing could make us happier than to hear about all the summertime T-shirt snipping events in the pipeline all over the country. Here’s one that’s happening in Chicago this Sunday June 26, 2011 from noon to 5 pm–it’s Pumping Station: One’s “Summer T-shirt Hackathon”! Participants are invited to bring old T-shirts (or new ones–as long as they’re not getting used in their current form, they’re fair game!) and learn how to transform them into a stuffed animal, a throw pillow, or a new piece for the wardrobe. No need to fear sewing, since there are plenty of no-sew projects to tackle, too. The event is being hosted at Pumping Station: One, a nonprofit hacker space populated by a community of folks dedicated to exploring the intersection of technology, art, science, and culture, and in cooperation with Learnapalooza.
Though not an official Generation T-sponsored event, we get so giddy when folks start throwing public parties to cut up their T-shirts that we wanted to share it with the larger T-shirt community — and hey, it appears that copies of Generation T: Beyond Fashion will be on hand for reference. Let us know if you go!
Summer T-shirt Hackathon
Pumping Station: One
3354 N. Elston*
Chicago, IL 60618
*Enter the Big Black Door on the south side of the street. If that door is locked, ring the doorbell. Once inside, walk into the lobby area, turn right and head for the hallway. PS:One is located at the first red door on the right, look for the PS:One sticker!
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June 18, 2011
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
You know how much we love Maker Faires, so though Megan Nicolay is only able to be there in spirit for this one, Generation T will be there in the flesh…err, paper pulp…err, the crafty minds and nimble fingers of crafty readers Janet Kennedy and Kelly Farrow. This Saturday (June 18, 2011) Janet and Kelly and their team of intrepid recyclers will be using inspiration from Megan’s books, Generation T and Generation T: Beyond Fashion as they demonstrate how to take an ordinary T-shirt and re-purpose it into a T-shirt (or tank top, or pillow, or…) with style and flair! They’ll bring a box of tossed out T-shirts so that visitors may do their own “re-make & take” on the spot for $5. Proceeds of the creativity sale will benefit nonprofit organizations supported by 5 Bucks is Change. Most projects will be no-sew, but Kelly’s bringing her machine, so some light sewing will take place–brace yourselves!
If you’re in the area, please stop by the Tee Party to say hello to to Janet and Kelly and do some tee-cycling!–and pick up a free Generation T project card while you’re at it.
Maker Faire NC 2011
NC State Fairgrounds
Gov. Kerr Scott building
1025 Blue Ridge Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27607
The event happens this Saturday June 18, 2011 from 10 am to 5 pm. Entry: Adults $4, Kids $2, Under 6 Free!
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March 12, 2011
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Please stop by Bayswater Book Co. on the lake in Center Harbor, New Hampshire on Saturday, March 12 for a good ole fashioned Generation T Tee Party! I’ll be signing books, demonstrating two projects from Generation T: Beyond Fashion (don’t forget to pack a T-shirt or two so you can follow along!) and hey–maybe I’ll even bake cookies for you, too.
As some of you may have already heard, I’ll be in town for the artist in residency program at Holderness School — and I’m so excited to be able to squeeze in a visit to one of my favorite indie bookstores. (Here’s a photo from my trip there back in 2007, for a Tee Party with Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt.) Growing up in the Granite State, Bayswater was one of my local bookstores, and it holds a very special place in my heart. Not only do I visit the store often (whenever I’m back visiting family!), but my favorite summer job in high school was that of “story lady” at Bayswater. Once a week I selected a general theme and selected books from the shelves of the bookstore to share with the kids and have a discussion (future book club members, for sure!).
Hope to see you there!
Bayswater Book Co.
23 Main Street
Center Harbor, NH 03226
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March 6, 2011 – March 17, 2011
Because there’s nothing quite like March in New England, I’m heading north with Generation T to spend quality time with some creative teenagers at Holderness School as part of an artist-in-residency program called Artward Bound (like Outward Bound, but with art!). I’ll be sharing the time and space with eight other artists, who are all working around the central theme: Re-make it New. According to the mission and description of the 2011 program, we will “explore and celebrate…invention and resourcefulness. Re-source, re-use, re-make, re-balance, re-mix, reflect are the keywords that allow us to effectively tap the past, within the present, in order to construct a creative and sustainable future. Artists and performers of every kind are confronted with the daily challenge of making something new out of what is before them. It is said, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention.’ Never has that been more true, than in the eco-era of today. Invention is the ability to bring dissimilar ideas, tools, experience, and materials together in ways that surprise, instruct and lead.” That sure sounds all right to me!
Though the daytime class sessions are private, the evening performances are open to the community (including two eco-fashion shows premiering my students’ T-shirt refashion work) , and I’ll be posting more information about them as it becomes available. In the meantime, we’ll be sure to post plenty of pictures to share our progress throughout the two weeks that we get creative together!
Materials for the Generation T fashion workshops have been generously provided by the following sponsors:
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