On the Make

Do you have holey sweaters? Or a favorite woolen scarf worn by time and use? Fingerless mittens that aren’t supposed to be that way? Now you can fix ’em: Jaime Kopke, who once inspired Denverites with her interactive pop-up Denver Community Museum, is joining forces with coffee fanatic Megan Quicke and Novo Coffee to host a Mid-Winter Woolly Repair Shop, the first of what she hopes will become a series of similar community events.

“I’ve done a lot of traveling, and one of the themes I’m seeing a lot is the idea of design repair: events celebrating repair where the repairs remain visible. It’s better than throwing things away,” says design-savvy and eco-conscious Kopke, who is a consultant for museums and institutions that are seeking ways to offer more participatory programming. At the Woolly Repair Shop, participants will be able to drop in, shmooze over a cup of really good coffee at community tables, and use simple felting techniques to repair old woolen winter wear, either for their own use or to donate to local shelters. Felting supplies will be provided at a cost of $2 per piece, and you’re invited to bring as many items to repair as you like; Kopke and Quicke will also offer home repair kits for a fee.

Artful repairs will go down today from 1 to 3 p.m. at Novo’s roasting facility, 3008 Larimer Street. Reservations are not required for this all-ages event, Kopke says; for more information, go to http://poesy-praxis.com/2011/01/24/making-things-woolly-repair-shop/ for details.
Sat., Jan. 29, 1-3 p.m., 2011

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