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Holiday Crafting Workshop with Celebrity Costume Designer Machine Dazzle

November 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Workshop Description:
Every year we are reminded of the holidays when familiar things start popping up around our communities: candy canes, red and green balls, plastic Santas, twinkling lights, and nostalgic music on the radio. Some of these things bring us cheer. . .and others, not as much. Machine Dazzle likes to honor the Solstice and the season of giving by spreading light in the darkest days of the year. In Machine’s quest to make the holiday season more meaningful in a sea of commercialism and chaos, he has turned inward to celebrate and honor those people who have been important in his life. Marrying this idea with his love for making things (and a good party) Machine invites you to join him in hand-crafting shrines dedicated to your own personal Holiday Hero using recycled materials and other objects you will have at home, along with things you can easily find at a local craft store.


Suggested Materials:
1. An empty container with a lid (i.e. paper coffee cup, yogurt container, oatmeal container, ice cream
container, any container with a lid that you might otherwise put into the recycling bin or garbage can!)
2. A picture of the person you are choosing to honor this year. The image should be small enough to fit
in your container. We recommend that you make a xerox or scanned copy, if it is a cherished photo, so
that you can cut it up appropriately for the project. The person may a parent, a sibling, an author, a pet,
a celebrity musician. . . someone who is important to you!
3. Sheet Styrofoam about 1/2in thick
4. Toothpicks
5. Glue (i.e. glue sticks, elders, hodgepodge, hot-glue)
6. Scissors, x-acto blade and a cutting surface
7. Hair dryer for drying paint and glue
8. String or tinsel (decorative)
9. Decorative Craft items (i.e. colored paper, rhinestones, paint, glitter, markers, stickers, confetti, old
magazine to cut up for collaging, wrapping paper. . .let your imagination run!)
10. If you plan adding drawings to your shrine –markers, pens, or your favorite colored pencils!
11. Bring your smile, snacks and drinks!
12. There are no rules! Substitutions for materials are welcome. Make something you are proud of!
This virtual interactive workshop will take place over Zoom and will be recorded for future use.
Workshop capped at 30 virtual participants.


For questions, or to register, please contact:
Holly Taylor, Executive Coordinator, FirstWorks
e-mail: htaylor@first-works.org
phone: 401-421-4278


About Machine Dazzle:

MACHINE DAZZLE has been dazzling stages via costumes, sets, and performance since his arrival in New York in 1994. Machine has collaborated with artists Julie Atlas Muz’s, Big Art, Justin Vivian, Taylor Mac, Chris Tanner, Soomi Kim, Pig Iron Theater, Bombay Ricky, and has designed projects for Opera Philadelphia and Spiegleworld. In September 2019, Dazzle premiered his new original show, Treasure, at the Guggenheim Museum as a commission by Works and Process. In addition, he has recently held residencies at Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Moody Center for the Arts at University of Houston and Harvard University’s Department Theater, Dance & Media Department. Machine Dazzle’s work has been exhibited at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Machine Dazzle is an artist-inresidence at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ.


November 20
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


RI United States