Skill Exchange is teaming up with Makeshift Society in Hayes Valley, for an exciting lineup of workshops, tastings, cocktails and conversation.
We’re teaming up with San Francisco’s most creative coworking space to offer an engaging series of evening workshops to inspire your senses and help jumpstart fun DIY projects and new culinary adventures. Join us to uncover the basics of custom upholstery for your next DIY home project on May 23rd, then explore regional Italian cheeses with our favorite cheese monger on May 30th. The grand finale on June 13th will include a cocktail-infused lesson on bitters, plus learn trades secrets from our seasoned bartender. Every workshop will include conversation and lots of not-to-be-missed skills! For the complete schedule, visit SkillExchangeSF.com.
This week I’m proud to share a project I’ve been quietly working on for what seems like forever. Skill Exchange has been been on a bit of a break since the last pop-up in September, but I’ve been busy working on the less-fancy business side of things… and gearing up for some new announcements, projects, and exciting new adventures. I’ve got a team of worker bees, bossy advisors and cheerleaders who’ve been helping me work out lots of details and logistics, for the next chapter of Skill Exchange. Growing pains, and growing excitement is all over this place right now. Now, with no more delay, here it is, our new home for Skill Exchange: skillexchangeSF.com.
This is just the beginning. There are a few tweaks to come over the next few days, and a whole lot more content and excitement to share in the coming weeks.
Next week we have a new Skill Exchange video to share, this time featuring a conversation with restauranteur and chef Sharon Ardiana. Sharon has lead a few sold-out workshops with Skill Exchange in the last year. Sharon taught a cavatelli making class last May, and a hand-pulled mozzarella class in September. The video will be live on Wednesday. Oh, and Skill Exchange’s brand new website will also be live early next week. (!!!)
A few months ago I was invited to visit to New Mexico, to meet with students at NMHU to talk about my work as a graphic designer, and as the founder of Skill Exchange. I gave a talk about my work to a class of grads and undergrads, and met with students to advise and participate in a few informal critiques. I’ve spoken a handful of times over the last year with different student groups in the bay area about my work, but this was the first time I’ve taken Skill Exchange out of state. After flying in last week, I split my time between Santa Fe and Las Vegas, where NMHU is located.
I’ve never visited this part of the country before, and while I was prepared for the colder weather and possible snow (it snowed), I was not prepared for the high altitude, or the dramatic change in scenery. I didn’t know what to expect of New Mexico, and although I saw just a fraction of the state, I really enjoyed the stark geographic differences– and the horizon! I have not seen so much horizon in one place in a very long time. I saw a few very dramatic sunsets, and I soon learned that Las Vegas, NM is “Where the rocky mountains meet the great plains”. Mountains in one direction, flat horizon in the other.
A few highlights: Wandering around Las Vegas, staying in the historic hotel where scenes from “No Country for Old Men” were filmed, visiting The Parachute Factory (more on that later), exploring parts of Santa Fe and checking out the Palace of the Governors, and brunch at Pasquals. I now realize my education has a gaping hole where the history of all of the Southwest should be. In elementary-high school school we learned about the early English settlements, a very vague and inaccurate history of Christopher Columbus, and absolutely nothing about the Spanish history of the Southwest. I have a feeling a history binge is in my near future.
I’m very excited to finally share Skill Exchange’s very first foray into film! Our new video features a small selection of the 13 workshops that took place over the course of our 3-day pop-up at StoreFrontLab September 6-9th. This is just the first in a series of videos featuring Skill Exchange teachers, makers and artisans. Over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing more short videos, featuring a few of our Skill Exchange partners. One million thanks are in order for Cerebral Pro, who helped bring this little video into fruition. Also, many many thanks to all of our Skill Exchange teachers past and present, who have contributed their time and enthusiasm to help Skill Exchange grow.
Although I’ve been tweeting for a while now@mipiacekate, Skill Exchange is now on twitter! Follow @Skill_Exchange for the latest non-cat related news and updates… strictly Skill Exchange, DIY, and other kinds of exchange, I promise.