Feb. 2nd, 2016

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Saturday was a pretty fun day at the loom. Just before Christmas we realized that the 210th birthday of the loom's original owner, John Campbell, was coming up in January and decided to use that as an excuse for a special event. We were given a roped off area and tables for displays, and targeted local fibre guilds and OSC staff with promotion. About 50 different staff members dropped by over the course of the day--everyone from office types and fabricator guys to security guards and hosts. Our main goal was to educate the staff about the loom, so they can better inform visitors about our exhibit, and I think we definitely accomplished that. They were allowed to come into the loom, actually weave on it, and also climb up top for a look at the Jacquard mechanism in action--they loved it. It was really quite fun, and successful enough that we're trying to come up with a reason to have another one later on this year.

My own contribution included a batch of punchcard shortbread. We decided there would be possible health and safety concerns with giving them out to the public, so I only distributed them to staff. In any case, they were a hit.

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