Posts tagged DigitalDIY

dDIY #16: Design into Action


The exhibition Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives (currently on view at the DAM) is inspiring visitors to express their ideas in poster form. Posters of all sizes, colors, fonts, and perspectives have taken over the museum’s Design Workshop as people are delving into the design process.

For dDIY#16 it’s your turn to get in on the action. Get tips from designers on how to create a poster that speaks your mind and sends a message. Download your guide to effective poster-making here

dDIY #15: Surrealist Party Games


At Untitled #66 (Rebel Rebel) we had a great time playing Surrealist-inspired drawing games with Denver Drink & Draw. Now, bring the fun home with this digital DIY. 

dDIY #15 is a set of four Surrealist-invented writing games guaranteed to get the party started—all you need is pen and paper! To really get into the Surrealist spirit, we suggest serving up the Salvidor Dali meal from dDIY #14: Thousand Year Old Eggs to start, along with Tropical Chicken and then Breasts of Venus for dessert. 

dDIY #14: Surrealist Dinner Party - Part III: Dessert


The third and final installment of our Surrealist dinner party is, of course, a dessert course. Our meal of Thousand Year Old Eggs and Tropical Chicken culminates in Dali’s slightly scandalous version of a Baked Alaska. 

Without further ado, the grand finale of dDIY #14: Dali’s Breasts of Venus, skillfully prepared by DAM master teacher Lindsey Housel. 

Lindsey’s experience: This probably won’t come as a surprise to you, but Dali was no Martha Stewart. In fact, I’m not totally sure this can even be called a recipe for it leaves out some critical components and operations. But guess what? It was way more fun than just completing a set of steps. The focus of the cooking shifted from following the rules and ending with a copy of the finished recipe, to creativity, interpretation, and figuring out how to do the concept, “The Breast of Venus”, justice! 

Find Lindsey’s version of Dali’s recipe here

(Recipe from Les Diners de Gala. Trans. Captain J. Peter Moore. (1973). New York, NY: Felicie, Inc. Publishers.) 

dDIY #14: Surrealist Dinner Party - Part II: The Main Course


In this version of a Surrealist dinner party, the eggs come first and the chicken comes second. After serving up freshly pickled Thousand Year Old Eggs as an appetizer, treat your dinner guests to Salvador Dali’s take on a standard main course: chicken, stuffing and gravy.

Digital DIY #14 continues with Dali’s Tropical Chicken, successfully cooked to her astonishment by DAM coordinator of adult & college programs Rose Eason.

Rose’s experience: I don’t often cook and when I do I follow recipes to a T. I like to know exactly what to do, how to do it, when to do it and where to do it. So Dali’s “recipe” was a bit of a challenge for me. That said, this experience is the closest I think I’ve gotten to genuine cooking. The lack of specific instruction got me thinking about flavors, how ingredients work together, and using different techniques to produce different effects. While I was chef-ing it up, Julia Child came to mind—I can totally hear her saying “Sew up the bird,” can’t you? While making Tropical Chicken, I definitely channeled Julia’s gusto and heeded her advice to be fearless with food. And that made the experience of preparing the dish itself a treat.  

Find Rose’s version of Dali’s recipe here

(Recipe from Les Diners de Gala. Trans. Captain J. Peter Moore. (1973). New York, NY: Felicie, Inc. Publishers.)

dDIY #14: Surrealist Dinner Party - Part 1: The Appetizer



Salvador Dali is famous for his Surrealist paintings, like the ones on view in the DAM exhibition Modern Masters. Little known fact, though - Dali’s imagination stretched well beyond the canvas and into the kitchen. When he was not painting melting clocks, Dali was writing and illustrating a cookbook called Les Diners de Gala, published in 1973.

For Digital DIY #14, we invite you to create a Surrealist dinner party.  We combed through the incredibly eccentric offerings in Les Diners de Gala to find four of the more feasible recipes to test out. Get ready as we present a three-course meal (in three parts) dreamed up by Dali. Whether the food is dinner worthy, we’ll leave up to you.

For Part 1: The appetizer, we have Thousand Year Old Eggs.  Made with love, patience (and a six year old helper) by DAM master teacher Stefania Van Dyke.


Stefania’s experience: I decided to make this a family activity and enlisted the help of my 6-year-old son, Sebastian. I showed him pictures of Dali and some of his paintings first, to set the mood and to make it clear that this would be weird. I think that freed us both to have fun with it. When the recipe was unclear, I let Sebastian improvise. Dali instructs the home chef to add “a lot of Tobasco [sic.] sauce.” At your discretion, Sebastian. During the process, I couldn’t help but think how proud the artist would be of our version of this dish. Some of the eggs cracked when they were boiling, so they became these amorphous, oozy blobs. The Surrealists’ interest in rejecting rationality and leaving things to chance were seriously at play. And Sebastian had a blast—he even declared that for Halloween this year he’ll go as “Salvador Zombi.” Sadly, he didn’t get to taste the fruits of his labor because I brought the sealed jar to the office, hosted the (unsuccessful) tasting, and promptly dumped the contents in the dumpster out back.

Find Stefania’s version of Dali’s recipe here.

(Recipe from Les Diners de Gala. Trans. Captain J. Peter Moore. (1973). New York, NY: Felicie, Inc. Publishers.)

dDIY #13: Art-inspired Perfume


Untitled #63 (Au Naturel) featured a new work by MakeARTtalk creative and local perfumer, Dawn Spencer Hurwitz. Hurwitz crafted an original scent inspired by nineteenth century French artist Eugene Carriere’s painting Young Girl with Flowers. You can make your own version of her perfume in this new digital DIY.

Read more about Dawn’s creative process and find instructions for making your own art-inspired perfume here

dDIY #12: Lace Lessons - Part 3


Take the final step toward becoming a bona fide beginner lace-maker and learn the third stitch in our Lace Lessons series: the Whole Stitch. 

Review how to set-up by watching this video or reading these instructions

Then, take on the challenge of the Whole Stitch: 

  • Watch the “Lesson 3: The Whole Stitch” video here
  • Read the “Lesson 3: The Whole Stitch” written instructions here

dDIY #12: Lace Lessons - Part 2


Now that you’ve mastered the Cloth Stitch, you’re ready for the Half Stitch. Join Jane Meier for a second lesson in lace-making and learn another stitch used to make the Human Bobbin lace.

If you haven’t already, you’ll first need to learn how to set-up and prepare for lace-making.

  • Watch the “Start-up” video here.
  • Read the “Start-up” written instructions here

Then try your hand at the Half Stitch. 

  • Watch the “Lesson 2: The Half Stitch” video here
  • Read the “Lesson 2: The Half Stitch” written instructions here

dDIY #12: Lace Lessons


At Untitled #59 (Undercover) local lace-maker Jane Meier successfully orchestrated “The Human Bobbin Project.” Jane turned visitors into human bobbins to make a 6-foot by 6-foot piece of lace out of 600 feet of rope. It was lace-making at epic proportions.


Here, Jane will teach three introductory lessons in Torchon lace-making using common household materials. Torchon is an English lace with geometric forms, commonly used as trimming on undergarments and linens due to the sturdy construction and heavier threads. You’ll be learning three stitches—each of which went into making the Human Bobbin lace.  We’ll release a lesson a week, over the next three weeks. Let’s start with the “Cloth Stitch.”

First, learn how to set-up and prepare for lace-making.

  • Watch the “Start-up” video here.
  • Read  the “Start-up” written Instructions here.

Now you’re ready for Lesson #1: The Cloth Stitch.

  • Watch the “Lesson 1: The Cloth Stitch” video here.
  • Read the “Lesson 1: The Cloth Stitch” written instructions here

dDIY #11: Make a Stab Bound Book

This work is called Every Step a Lotus, drawing inspiration from a sutra box in the Asian Art collection.


Taking into account the theme for Untitled #55 (Bound), local artist Alicia Bailey bound a box-like book that incorporates historic facts and observations about the tradition of foot binding in China, both in terms of form and content. Just as, according to tradition, the ideal bound foot (called a “Golden Lotus”) is one-third the normal length, the size of Alicia’s book is one-third that of the sutra box which inspired it. The pages of her book include step-by-step instructions for foot-binding, photographic images, x-rays of bound feet, and some example images of the exquisite and elegant shoes that were made for bound feet.

As a master book artist, we asked Alicia to share some instructions for an easy bookbinding 101 project.