A new collaboration between Baltimore’s Open Works and Global Air Media makes the days when parents first sent their teenagers away to computer camp look like ancient history.
Those folks over at Bazaar certainly know how to keep the weird going. And yet, we can’t help but be endeared to every new (and strange) offering they come up with. Their latest? A hands-on workshop on how to do your own bird taxidermy. Yes, that’s right. Now you, too can stuff your own bird– and we don’t mean for Thanksgiving.
You know the gorgeous, super-shiny Universal Tree of Life. Its the enormously flashy sculpture in front of AVAM made from mirrors and bits of glass that’s one of Baltimore’s most beloved images. Well, on Saturday, January 17th, you can join its creator, Bob Benson for a fabulous one-day workshop to learn how to make your own “Flashies”; that is, those dynamic, sparkling decorations made from mirrors and marbles and everything that Benson has become known for. Participants will receive instruction on cutting and assemblage and will leave the workshop with at least two finished decorations to keep and dangle wherever they choose. It’s perfect for beginners, or for those who’ve done a bit of flashy-ifying before.
You’ve undoubtedly seen the exquisite work of Bmore Papercuts— aka artist Annie Howe. Her work has graced local gallery and coffee shop walls, the cover of the City Paper, and more. This traditional art form is certainly a skill that requires patience, practice, and a steady hand. But at the same time, it’s also a skill that anyone can learn, and that can look amazingly impressive– even when you’re a rookie. With the holidays coming up, papercutting is a good skill to have under your belt. You can make gorgeous cards, thoughtful, handmade gifts, and all manner of ornaments and decorations, as long as you’re armed with a few basic materials and some fundamentals of the form.
If you’ve popped into Bazaar in in Hampden, you know that some of their offerings are truly, well, bizarre. It’s a carefully curated oddities and curiosities shop. And that can mean everything from jewelry made from quail feet, to civil war era doctors’ tools, to all manner of preserved specimens peering out at you from jars of formaldehyde. We love Bazaar because it functions as a perfect blend of antique store, museum, and place-you-can-actually-find-cool-stuff. But they don’t just sell cool stuff– they also offer the opportunity to learn how to make your own. Like with their DIY taxidermy workshops, for example.
It’s always amazing to watch hardcore yoga practitioners do their thing. Like, balancing upside down on one toe with their hands twisted behind their should blades. They can do that kind of stuff. So it’s not such a stretch for the yoga world to extend into the kind of circusy, kind of dancy acrobatics world. Many yogis have been getting into acrobatics, since it combines the balance, strength, and flexibility developed in yoga with the trust and communication that come with partner work. Plus, of course, it looks cool.
We’ve all had this experience: you’re going through a rough time in life, bad things are happening, stress is piling up, you’ve got way too many balls in the air, and bam! You’re suddenly laid out flat on your back with a wicked cold or flu. Coincidence? We think not. The body and mind are of course deeply interconnected, and in a pretty constant chicken-and-egg kind of dance. And it’s that kind of thinking that’s behind TRE™, a set of exercises that are based on neurological, biological and anatomical functioning that follow trauma and chronic tension. TRE™ is designed to tap into the body’s natural functioning to process the internalized effect of trauma and leave you renewed and restored– in both and physically emotionally better condition. It’s based on therapeutic approaches such as bioenergetics, tai chi, yoga and other eastern practices; and while you can often find a facilitator who offers TRE™ sessions, next month, Respite is offering the opportunity to become a facilitator yourself.
Who doesn’t love the idea of elegant, meticulously artful hairstyles? The term “hair art” or “hair jewelry” conjures images of Victorian princesses, or the elfin and hobbity maidens of Middle Earth with flowing locks entwined with ribbons, flowers, shells, gold threads, all of it. So naturally, when we heard that Bazaar (indisputably one of the city’s most unique shops) was offering a workshop focusing on hair art, we thought it sounded like an excellent opportunity to practice some medieval braiding techniques, or to spend an afternoon weaving daisy chain crowns. Not so. We should have known better—knowing Bazaar’s flair for, well, the bizarre. Sure, the workshop does teach some authentic techniques for creating authentic Victorian Hair Art—but it’s maybe not exactly what you’d expect.