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MakerDate Auction 2013

May 18, 2013 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM



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Assemble is excited to announce its second annual MakerDate fundraising event. On Saturday, May 18 at 6119 Penn Ave in East Liberty Assemble will host an action packed evening highlighted by the MakerDate auction. The unique event pairs local artists with skill seekers of all ages to further Assembles mission of building community through active learning.

Since its inception in 2011, Assemble has been host to a wide variety of learning and creative experiences in Pittsburgh – everything from hyper local art shows to youth coding parties. It is the organizations belief that curiosity breeds creativity, and intrigue is best satisfied through hands-on activities. In true form, the MakerDate event takes the concept of date auctioning and re-dresses it with a purposepairing skilled creators with those that want to learn something new. Attendees will have the unique chance to bid on dates with artists, craft makers, designers, innovators and skill-owners who will work with the winning bidders to make a piece of art, a personalized piece of technology, or teach a new skill. The dates will take place after the event at a time and place determined by the maker and winning bidder.

The event will feature 15 Makers for the live auction and will also include items donated by a number of local artisans, creators, and businesses for a raffle. 2012s inaugural event attracted more than 100 attendees and raised over $4,000 to fund educational programs and events at Assemble. This years event promises to be bigger and bolder, raising funds for Assembles community focused initiatives.

In addition to the live auction, the event will feature music, dancing and drinks. Makers will be announced April 22, 2013. Founder Nina Barbuto encourages everyone to Meet makers of our community. Make new friends and learn new things while you are supporting Assemble!


The Makers

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””] Bill and Jackie of The App Expo aka Ashley Andrews and Ashley Andrykovitch
“Making apps or programming computers using cardboard operating systems”

Robert Fry
“Learn to make a fresh salad dressing and also fancy drinks! “I’ll make salad dressing from scratch, and then make a salad! Fresh salad dressing is the biznass! The date will consist of discussion of our pasts, thoughts of our future, the process for building cool shit, what our processes have in common, what we can learn from each other, names for our children etc… Per below, + cocktails”

Digital Salad aka Heather Mallak and Tara Rockway
Get ready for a Double Date!! 1- Farm visit: Rustic staples to heirloom delicacies will be picked, scanned and collaged. Take home some farm fresh harvest grown by Tara and artwork reflecting your experience created with Heather. 2- Dinner with Tara+Heather at e2 on Bryant Street. Consume food grown on the farm prepared by chef Kate Roman. Talk over drinks about Digital Salad artwork on view in e2’s downstairs.

Jason Boone
“A slab o’ wood something. From a locally reclaimed tree.”

D.S. Kinsel // Creator of Objets d’Art
“I will live paint with a person at an upcoming event.”

Dee Briggs
“The date will consist of a visit to my studio, an introduction to how I as a sculptor go from and idea to a finished piece and then I will work with the date/s to create an idea of something small to make out of steel. I’ll teach them the basics of cutting, bending, grinding and welding steel and work with them to make their piece. Lunch at my studio will be included and I’m open to the date being for up to 3 people.”

Ellen Deutsch
“I will help the winner choreograph a small solo based on a topic of their choosing.”

Courtney Strauss
“I will make a trio of Poetic Baubles with my date winner. As a poet, earning my MFA in creative writing at Chatham, I like to wear my favorite words and found others did too. Poetic Baubles are necklaces, bracelets, and earrings decoupaged with a favorite line of literature and jazzed up with beads, glitz, and gloss. Our date would consist of a decoupaging lesson, making a jewelry box for the pieces, while we decide on the perfect line(s) of poetry to put on my date’s custom jewels. I can complete the pieces on my own and deliver them the following week or meet with my date a second time so we can complete the pieces together. “

Barbara Dahlberg
“Making a baby quilt.”
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Jason Kirker
“Whatever he/she wants, as long as it is made of wood, paper, metal or cloth.”

Jeni Benz from Jenibenz photography
“The maker date with JeniBenz Photography will include a two hour photo session in the East End and after that we will develop the images in the digital darkroom (1-2 hrs). Then we will be making some of the digitally edited into handmade canvas prints using transparencies and a gel medium. *DSLR Camera will be provided for use during the session.”

Dan Wilcox
“Intro/tutorial on OpenFrameworks (cam tracking,interactive graphics, kinect, etc) and/or Pure Data (interactive graphical multimedia patching) and/or Raspberry Pi (embedded, linux, commandline, open source software) and/or connecting device A to music/visual software B and/or IOs app making intro and/or intro to Processing etc.”

Ciarán Ó Conaire
“Revisit your childhood and learn about coding by creating a sprite-based video game using the Processing programming language! The date will involve learning the basics of programming with processing, as well as the fun stuff of creating sprite animation and handling user interaction.”

Susan Sparks
“Ink, tape & magic jewelry”

Alexandra Curry
“making a pair of comic book shoes”

Anqwenique Wingfield
“The guest and I will make music together. The date will start with a short interview, this is a chance for me to learn more about the person and their personal music style. Then we will dive into an official voice lesson, where they will learn the basics of posture, breath control/support and stage etiquette.”

Meghan Olson
“letterpress lesson on a very small letterpress and creating lino type”



May 18, 2013
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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6119 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA United States