October skillshare: Make a paper skeleton with AusGerCo.


It’s our last Saturday skillshare of the year! On October 12, we’ll bid a fond farewell to our second season of crafting, shopping, and socializing in Detroit’s historic Trumbullplex Theater. There won’t be another afternoon like this in 2013, so don’t miss out! Make a skeleton with Austin Shyu of AusCerGo. Paper Action Figures. Take home a bag of upcycled craft supplies. And enjoy free coffee, tea, and homemade vegan baked goods. These are the kind of warm memories that will sustain you through the long Michigan winter.


Wolverine or Finn the Human. Chun Li or Ron Burgundy. Austin Shyu has rendered your favorite pop culture character in cut and folded construction paper. His AusGerCo. Paper Action Figures are favorites at Midwestern craft fairs and comic conventions. Their intricate detail and delicate craftsmanship are astonishing. And they’re remarkably effective at conveying each character’s essence. (His paper Steve Zissou, for instance, looks almost as mournful and weary as the original.)

Austin specializes in comic book characters, but he also draws inspiration from video games, movies, television shows, and wrestling. Austin’s also been known to craft tiny paper roller skates and guitars. (Some of which are, themselves, tributes to pop culture characters.) And he’s a master of custom work. We once challenged him to make a Pirate Robot Cowboy Monkey, and as proved by the photograph below, he came through with flying colors.


Of course, one fan’s icon is another’s obscurity. So for our skillshare, Austin will be teaching us how to make the one figure that everyone can agree on: the skeleton! Whether it’s the reminder of our shared mortality, or just the charm of a toothy grin, there’s something about a skeleton that intrigues us all. So if you’re not obsessed with comics, films, or video games, you’ll still want to join us for a fun afternoon of crafting with paper.

If AusGerCo’s past work is any indication, the skeletons clattering out of this workshop will balance accurate detail with cartoonish style. And knowing Austin, his presentation will be leavened with sly wit and absurd invention. Materials and instruction will be provided free of charge, but you’re encouraged to bring your own glue gun and scissors, if you have them. All ages are welcome.

 Photo: Stephanie Thompson

Photo: Stephanie Thompson

Remember when we used to sell upcycled craft supplies? There was a time when the center of every Small Craft event was a table heaped with fabric, notions, paper goods, and other creative materials. We’ve been on a different path for quite a while now, but we still have piles and piles of crafty treasures, just waiting to be put to good use. So this October, we’re having a massive clearance sale. Fill a paper grocery bag with as many craft supplies as you can, and take it home for just $2!


If our October skillshare leaves you wanting more, don’t worry! There will be still be one more occasion to gather with the Small Craft community this year. On the evening of November 9, we’ll host our second anniversary party at the Trumbullplex, with live bands from across the Great Lakes Basin. So save the date, and stay tuned for more details.

When the party’s over, we’ll put our beloved Small Craft in storage for the winter. The time will be used to prepare for future events, such as next year’s Craft-A-Way Camp. We’ll miss getting together with our friends each month, but we’ll look forward to joining you for new adventures when the warm weather returns.

Small Craft Pop-Up Shop and Skillshare
Saturday, October 12
Pop-Up Shop open 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Skillshare begins at 3:00 pm
Trumbullplex Theater
4210 Trumbull

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