The Art of Making: Margaritas & Macrame @ Alcomar, Austin [22 July]

The Art of Making: Margaritas & Macrame

12:00 - 14:00

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1816 South 1st Street, Austin, Texas 78704
Alcomar is proud to announce The Art of Making — a summertime DIY series featuring artists whose work decorates the restaurant. Local designers, chefs, and makers will teach guests how to create personalized works of art and offer hands-on, individual instruction throughout the creative process — all while sipping on a Mexican cocktail.

The final installment of the three-part series spotlights Atlanta-based macrame artist, Melissa O'Boyle. Her 6' X 6' macrame window hangings lend an elegant, feminine touch to Alcomar's effortless coastal aesthetic. Fun fact: Melissa used nautical knots to create the whimiscal pieces and guests inquire about the work each time they walk into the restaurant.

Each ticket is $75 and basic materials to create a small macrame wall hanging, personal instruction from Melissa and Margaritas de la Casa prepared by Alcomar's award-winning bar team.

A Note from Melissa:

Why I am Teaching: I believe the creative process is a way to awaken the spirit and offer therapy from our day to day lives. Macrame especially can provide an easy outlet and is meditative by nature. I want to give individuals access to the experience of not only creating something beautiful and unique, but also a skill they can expand upon.

Description: Students will get introduced to the basic knots used in macrame. We will explore how these knots work together to create new and different designs. Students will be making a small wall hanging. Basic materials will be provided.


— how to prepare for your project

— choosing materials

— intro to various knots

— incorporating embellishments

— embracing mistakes

— work on wall hanging

— provide resources for future projects

Artist Bio: Melissa O’Boyle is an Atlanta artist and designer currently working in the textile medium of macrame with designs inspired by the Northwest, nature and geometry. Receiving a BFA from University of Georgia, her focus was in traditional film photography. Her experience varies from alternative forms of photography, photographic experimentation on fabric, pinhole photography,printmaking, paper-making, book arts, jewelry-making and metalwork. She studied in Cortona, Italy in the summer of 2004 and has taken continuing education courses at Pratt Fine Art Center in Seattle, Washington.

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