The Light Stuff

Imagine sewing illumination right into your own clothes, conducting electricity with wearable, blinking light art. Tonight's Tip & Tinker: Art of Winter Edition is going to teach you how to do just that, with an adults-only evening of booze and e-textile creating. Combining fashion and technology, local nonprofit MindSpark will host this crafty get-together, showing participants how to sew with conductive thread and embed electronic components like LEDs directly into apparel.

MindSpark's programming generally focuses on youth workshops built around STEAM -- science, technology, engineering, art and math -- but throughout the year, events like Tip & Tinker invite adults to come out and play. "We really wanted to create an experience for adults that lets them explore some of the fun things we do with the kids, but we also want to create awareness for our youth programs," says Maia Stone, MindSpark's executive director. This evening's project, making a light-up winter beanie using e-textile methods, is being put on in collaboration with Art of Winter, which runs through February 8 and focuses on art and the snow-sports industry in Colorado.

Tip & Tinker begins at 6 p.m. at Converge Denver, 3327 Brighton Boulevard. The event is $30 per person; save a spot via by February 2. For information on other programs, visit
Tue., Feb. 4, 6 p.m., 2014

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