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Our Mastercraft series offers a variety of workshops and courses with experts from all disciplines to show you the fundamentals of design.

From jewellery-making, fabric-dying, lingerie-sewing, wood-bending, and circuit-creating, these workshops are for participants of all backgrounds and skill levels looking to get hands-on experience from Toronto's best design do-ers and makers.

For questions, contact our education team:
education [at] dx.org    |    416.216.2111

Spring 2017 Mastercraft Workshops

FRI
APR 7

DIY Your DNA!
With Lisa Carrie Goldberg of Action Potential Lab

@ Design Exchange  |  6 - 9 P.M.
Tour of Evolution: 6 - 6:30 P.M.  |  6:30 - 9 P.M.
$20 Registration  |  $15 Members  + TAX

Create the ultimate personalized piece of jewellery while tinkering with the best design known to man – the human genome. Lisa Carrie Goldberg, founder of Action Potential Lab, will lead participants through the process of isolating human genomic DNA and turning it into your own one-of-a-kind pendant in this fun and fascinating workshop.

Learn more about your DIY DNA Instructor, Lisa Carrie Goldberg!

FRI
APR 21

Ever-Evolving T's: Screenprinting with Thermochromic Dyes
With Lisa Carrie Goldberg of Action Potential Lab

@ Design Exchange  |  6 - 8 P.M.
$30 Registration  |  $20 Members + TAX

Thermochromic dyes change from colourful to colourless at different temperatures, making them the perfect material for screen printing a T-shirt. In this two hour workshop, we will be creating totally unique T’s using screen printing techniques and images inspired by classical anatomy textbooks.

Learn more about your Ever-Evolving T’s instructor, Lisa from Action Potential Lab, below!

FRI
MAY 5

Makey Makey: Create your own Video Game Controller
With Lisa Carrie Goldberg of Action Potential Lab

@ Design Exchange  |  6 - 9 P.M.
$30 Registration  |  $20 Members + TAX
BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop)

Makey Makey is an invention kit that turns everyday objects into touchpads and combines them with the internet! This simple invention kit is perfect for beginners and experts who are designing, making art, engineering, and everything in between. Get hacking in this workshop by testing out a Makey Makey to take over your laptop keyboard and create your very own video game controller or wearable device.

Learn more about your Makey Makey instructor, Lisa!

FRI
MAY 12

Intro to Electronics
With Lindy Wilkins of Site 3 and Little Dada

@ Design Exchange  |  6 - 9 P.M.
$30 Registration  |  $20 Members + TAX
BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop)

Come break down the basics of electronic-engineering! With the aid of Arduino, a popular DIY open-source platform used for building robots, e-textiles, and more, attendees will use professional e-engineering tools to figure out how to turn inputs into outputs using different patterns and designs. During this workshop you will learn how to connect sensors, buttons, and lights to explore the basics of electronics.

Learn more about your Intro to Electronics instructor, Lindy from Action Potential Lab!

 

 

THUR
MAY 25

E-Commerce 101
With Danielle Singer of Dolorous Jewelery

@ Design Exchange  |  6 - 9 P.M.
$30 Registration  |  $20 Members + TAX
BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop)

This is the e-commerce intensive you’ve been looking for! Learn tips and tricks from Danielle Singer, who has grown her online store, Dolorous Jewelry, into an internationally-carried jewellery line. You'll get an overview of the benefits e-commerce can provide, and an understanding of the type of sales it is best suited to. Plus, you'll learn about the opportunities and challenges of selling independently vs. with an online community, and the importance of, and how to, make social media work for you and your business. There's definitely time for questions, with an open forum style discussion that makes sure all your queries and concerns are addressed.

Learn more about your Intro to E-Commerce Instructor, Danielle Singer!

FRI
JUN 2

Intro to FM Radios
With Lindy Wilkins of Site 3 and Little Dada

@ Design Exchange  |  6 - 9 P.M.
$30 Registration  |  $20 Members + TAX
BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop)

Come break down the basics of electronic-engineering! With the aid of Arduino, a popular DIY open-source platform used for building robots, e-textiles, and more, attendees will use professional e-engineering tools to figure out how to turn inputs into outputs using different patterns and designs. During this workshop you will learn how to connect sensors, buttons, and lights to explore the basics of electronics.

Learn more about your Intro to Electronics instructor, Lindy from Action Potential Lab!

THURS
JUNE 15

Intro to Jewellery Design
With Danielle Singer of Dolorous Jewelery

@ Design Exchange  |  6 - 9 P.M.
$30 Registration  |  $20 Members + TAX

Participants explored the basics of jewellery making, learned how to make a basic chain charm bracelet or a signature style of Dolorous Jewelry. Skills include jewellery basics including tool use, production skills, and design tips. Each participant was given the materials and tools needed to make one or two pieces of jewellery of their own design that they took home with them!

Learn more about your Intro to Jewelry instructor, Danielle from Dolorous Jewelry, below!

If you have any questions please contact our education team at
education [at] dx.org or 416.216.2111.

DX Mastercraft Instructors

Danielle Singer

Dolorous Jewelery


After studying goldsmithing and jewellery design at George Brown College, Danielle Singer launched her inaugural collection of Dolorous Jewelry in 2010. In the following years the online store has flourished and is now carried in stores Internationally. Danielle’s work has been featured in a variety of media, including the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2016, on the lead character of CW's Reign as well as frequently being spotted on the red carpet!

Lisa Carrie Goldberg
Action Potential Lab


Lisa is the founder and Lab Director of Action Potential Lab. She designed the lab, a community space for the merging of material matter found in both science and art, to enhance Toronto’s creative potential. Lisa has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has a Masters of Science in Biological Arts from SymbioticA at The University of Western Australia. It was there that Lisa got to experience what it meant to do research at the intersection of science and art, by studying topics in sleep science, tissue culture, physiology and molecular biology.

Lindy Wilkins
Site 3 and Little Dada


Lindy is a cyborg, Maker, educator and Technologist based in Toronto. Lindy currently serves as Director at Site 3 coLaboratory, and co-founder of Little Dada. Lindy holds a BFA from Concordia University, and an MFA from OCAD University. After this brief venture into academia, Lindy became an informal learning enthusiast, teaching the art of making whimsical robots at many Maker and Hacker spaces around the city.

 

Past Mastercraft Workshops

NOV
30

Intro to Jewellery Design
With Danielle Singer of Dolorous Jewelery

Participants explored the basics of jewellery making, learned how to make a basic chain charm bracelet or a signature style of Dolorous Jewelry. Skills include jewellery basics including tool use, production skills, and design tips. Each participant was given the materials and tools needed to make one or two pieces of jewellery of their own design that they took home with them!

NOV
16

Intro to E-Commerce

Intro to E-commerce: This workshop was an overview of the assets of e-commerce, what type of sales it is well suited to, the pros and cons of selling independently or within an online community, and the importance of social media in the online age and how to make it work for you and your business. It also included a Q and A, as well as open forum style discussion.

NOV
13

Intro to Electronics

Students learned the basics of Arduino, a popular DIY open-source platform used for building electronics like robots, e-textiles, and more! They connected sensors, buttons, and lights to explore the basics of electronics - including the functionality of their circuits and systems programming. Students also learned the basics of Grove kits (professional electronic engineering tools) and figured out how to turn inputs into outputs using different patterns and designs. This class was ideal for those looking to enhance their practice with electronics and covered basic electronic circuitry and coding.

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