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    Fire Eating and Fleshing


    2010 - 08.19

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    Cost: $200 + $5.99 ticket fee

    This is a class where you develop an intimacy with the very powerful element of fire and learn to both put it in your mouth and on your skin without causing any damage. We will be teaching you safety concerns, which tools to use, and everything you’ll need to be a proficient fire eater and flesher.

    Please note that this class will involve the use of dangerous substances in dangerous ways. Participants will be made aware of the dangers involved and will need to sign a waiver to participate. Refunds for the course will be available at any time if students are uncomfortable for any reason.

    Please note that the cost of the ticket provides admission to all four sessions of the course.

    Class Goals:

    The goal of this class will be to make students proficient in the supervised use of fire for performance.

    Prerequisites:

    None.

    Materials:

    None.

    Instructor Biography: Julia Desiree & Dominique Immora

    Fireeaters

    Julia Desiree and Dominique Immora are professional fire-eaters and fleshers who have performed throughout the area and are coming from a background of fire performance with tools such as fire hoop, poi, fans, and more. They teach and help run local fire retreats to help spread their love of flame.

    Class Times:

    Session 1: 9/5/2010, 8 PM – 9 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 2: 9/12/2010, 8 PM – 9 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 3: 9/19/2010,  8 PM – 9 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 4: 9/26/2010,  8 PM – 9 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

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    August Meet & Greet


    2010 - 08.16
    Date:
    Sunday, August 22nd, 2010
    Time:
    2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Location:
    The dining room in Tommy Doyle’s @ Kendall Square
    1 Kendall Square, Cambridge MA
    Cost: FREE! Donations and class registrations will be taken at the door.

    Artisan’s Asylum would like to invite you eat good food and drink good beer with us!

    On Sunday, August 22nd, from 2 PM to 5 PM, we’ll be having a Meet & Greet that features our founders, volunteer officers (all 30+ of them), and instructors. This is a perfect opportunity to meet the people behind the scenes, get to know the instructors that you might take classes from in September, and generally have a good time boozing and schmoozing with fellow crazy folk. All are welcome!

    We’ll be in the dining room at Tommy Doyle’s in Kendall Square. Some food will be provided, but otherwise food and drink are available from the cash bar.

    September Classes


    2010 - 08.15

    Our September weekly classes are online and ready for registration! We have one or two weekly class stragglers that will be announced soon, and we’ll be unveiling our one-time workshops as time goes on, but by and large we’re good to go. You can read details and register via our class listing on Eventbrite.

    This month we’re going to be trying something a little new – in addition to all of our classes, we’ll be hosting theme nights! The idea behind a theme night is that it’s a certain time of week where a whole bunch of people converge to work on similar kinds of projects for a long stretch of time. Artisan’s Asylum is taking it one step further, and having most of our instructors show up at theme nights to help members and students with problems and questions. If you hit a little roadblock in your project, a number of talented people are guaranteed to be on hand to help you solve it! Most of our courses come bundled with access to one theme night, but if you decide not to enroll in a course you can enroll specifically in theme nights.

    Some of our classes filled up within hours of going live last time around, so if you are really interested in a topic, we encourage you to register soon!

    If a class you want to take fills up, please add yourself to the waitlist. If we get enough people on the waitlist to any given class, we’ll work really hard with the instructor to offer a second class.

    Introduction to Latex Clothing


    2010 - 08.15

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    Cost: $200 + $5.99 ticket fee

    Celebrities from Lady Gaga to Katy Perry to Beyonce are strutting their stuff in the hottest new material– latex! This class will introduce you to all of the tools and techniques you need to work with latex as a construction material. We’ll discuss the different types of latex and their properties, the patterning needed to get a good fit to your clothing, the tools and materials needed to work with latex, different techniques for cutting and gluing pieces together, and finishing techniques to wrap up a project. The final product of this class will be either a set of latex briefs or a latex miniskirt, depending on student preference.

    Class Goals:

    The goal of this class will be for students to take away an understanding of how to manufacture latex clothing and use it as a creative medium, and to walk away with either latex briefs or a latex miniskirt.

    Prerequisites:

    None.

    Materials:

    Students will purchase some inexpensive materials from the instructor on the first day of class.

    Instructor Biography: Dawnamatrix (Dawn Moscow)

    Dawnamatrix

    Dawn Moscow, also known as Dawnamatrix, is the reigning 2010 Miss Rubber World and owns the haute couture latex clothing company Dawnamatrix Designs. Her latex fashions are worn by models internationally. She holds an MFA from Pratt Institute, NYC and is a Massachusetts State certified art teacher.

    Class Times:

    Session 1: 9/12/2010, 11 AM – 2 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 2: 9/19/2010, 11 AM – 2 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 3: 9/26/2010, 11 AM – 2 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 4: 10/3/2010, 11 AM – 2 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

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    Metalworking for Women


    2010 - 08.15

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    Cost: $200 + $5.99

    This is a class specifically geared to introduce women to the wonderful world of metalworking and welding in order to explore a feminine touch in a traditionally masculine medium. Students will learn how to use a MIG welder and various supporting tools (clamps, grinders, sanders, etc.) to produce sculptural art pieces of their own design.

    Purchasing admission to this class also admits students to the Artisan’s Asylum Metalworking theme night (Saturdays, 5 PM-10 PM), where students will be able to practice their newfound skils with experienced instructors on-hand to answer questions and help students with projects.

    Class Goals:

    The goals of this class will be to encourage students to think of metalworking as a new and expansive creative outlet, and to train students to the point where they can weld on Asylum equipment safely and independently.

    Prerequisites:

    None.

    Materials:

    Students will bring a flannel shirt, leather gloves and safety glasses to class. Students will purchase raw materials from the instructor as needed for their projects.

    Instructor Biography: Ecco (Sarah Pierce)

    Ecco

    Ecco is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She’s a local artist with a passion for steel, specializing in creating wearable metal accessories (like the horns in her picture, or a set of wings for her back) and designing static and kinetic sculptures of absurdly large cool-looking insects.

    Class Times:

    Session 1: 9/11/2010, 11 AM – 1 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 2: 9/18/2010, 11 AM – 1 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 3: 9/25/2010, 11 AM – 1 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 4: 10/2/2010, 11 AM – 1 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

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