Summer Workshops: Jewellery, Hats & Costumes

MakeFashion has officially launched with three workshops scheduled in July. The workshops are open to the public and offer fun, easy-to-do projects. The workshops do not require any previous experience. Each workshop offers basic materials and projects, but if you have a specific project in mind (want to re-vitalize grandma’s old jewellery or start early on your Halloween costume?)  feel free to bring your ideas and extra materials.

All workshops are held at Endeavor Arts, located centrally at 12th ave and 1st St SW.

*We’re moving the jewelry workshop to Protospace, but will still be meeting at Endeavor at 6pm prior to heading down.

Wed July 4. 6 to 9pm
Jewellery – Hosted by Protospace & Endeavor Arts – $20.00

LED, batteries and a variety of lasercut jewelry kits provided.  Additional kits can be purchased onsite.

Purchase tickets for the jewellery making event. 


Sat July 7. 10am to 1pm
Hats – Hosted by Night Envy & Endeavor Arts – $49.00

Make your own EL Wire hat!
EL Wires, drivers and batteries are provided to get you going.
Hats are provided (one size fits most!) for an additional $10, but if you have a hat you’d like to work on, please bring it!

Purchase tickets for the hat making event.
Sat July 14. 10am to 1pm 
Costume Patches – Hosted by Mike Hermann & Endeavor Arts – $49.00

“Pattern patches”
This shows how you can put fairly complicated EL wire patterns on large patches.
The patches are made from vinyl and backed by velcro. They are intended to be removeable for washing costumes, and are connected electrically to each other. Multiple patches are combined to form a costume. Upper/lower arm, upper/lower leg, torso, shoulders, etc.
EL wire is attached using a standard sewing machine, loaded with lightweight monofilament (fishing line).
EL Wire, driver, battery and patch material provided.

Purchase tickets for the costume patch event.

MakeFashion Launch Party Wrap-Up


The MakeFashion launch party on June 6th was an exciting preview of the upcoming festival as well as a dialogue on the future and relevance of technology-integrated fashion.

The panel, featuring Jeff de Boer, Dee Fontans, and Lara Prebster (led by event organizers Shannon Hoover and Chelsea Klukas) discussed the merging of arts and technology, the cultural significance of arts and technology, and the practical uses of technology in clothing. The panelists also discussed their own experiences and their vision for the future potential of fashion and technology.


The event also featured a molecular cocktail bar by Phil Grandbois complete with smoking bourbon shots and alcoholic gelatin.


Local designer Kyle Nylund modelled a spectacular preview of the MakeFashion runway show in September. The deadline for entries has been extended to June 29th, and designers, creatives, and technology enthusiasts are encouraged to apply.


Interested in contributing to MakeFashion and becoming a part of this exciting festival? MakeFashion is currently seeking sponsorships and offering packages to our sponsors, contact for more information.


View the full gallery of event photos by Faby Martin here!

MakeFashion Launch Party

Well – you may have heard whispers… maybe even seen an electrically lit dress around town?

MakeFashion Launch Party


Wednesday, June 6, 5:30 – 8:30
Endeavor Arts, Suite 200 – 1209 1st SW, Calgary

Where Technology meets Art…

Highlights of the evening include:
– molecular bar featuring cocktails by Mixologist Phillipe Grandbois
– coffee station featuring vacuum siphon brewed coffee
– electronic textile kits available for purchase
– ferrofluid art  by Casey Hughes
– glass art by Lana Collier


$5 ticket cost towards fundraising for MakeFashion artists.


Party and Panel discussion:

Jeff de Boer – Importance of design in technology
Dee Fontans – Wearable Art
Lara Presber – Design & Innovation

Reserve your ticket here!


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One West Events 

Designer Info Session Dates

One more date for designers information sessions have been set:

Monday May 14th at 6:30 pm

at Endeavor Arts Gallery: 1209 1st St. SW

The sessions will go over important information regarding proposal requirements, product specs, and examples and inspiration. Information on proposals can be found here.

Please RSVP to to attend a session.

Designers Info Session

Join us on Thursday, February 23rd at 6PM at Endeavour Arts Gallery for an information session on becoming a designer for MakeFashion’s wearable art show.



Endeavor Arts Gallery Address:
Suite 200, 1209 First Street SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0V3
(Located above Forbidden Clothing
entrance between Forbidden & Giuseppe’s Market.)