2017 Schedule & Information


Our 2017 program is in the works! We are still in the process of confirming workshops. This is what we have so far…

Intro to Muay Thai

Come learn about muay thai! This workshop will be a demo session of Muay Thai. Visitors will learn about the benefits of practicing Muay Thai, as well as, basic kicks and punches.

Wendell Navalta is a personal trainer and martial artist from the Island of Hawaii and has been involved in the fitness industry for over 20 years. As a trainer, Wendell likes to incorporate plyometrics and Muay Thai Boxing into his workouts as well as traditional lifting. He takes time to properly instruct clients on form and teaches how to mentally approach their exercise and goals.

Fermenting 101

Alison Moss will open up the doors to basic fermentation through sauerkraut. The workshop will start with an explanation of lactic acid fermentation and its relevance to gut health and the seasonal food cycle. Participants will make their own batch of sauerkraut using just a knife, a vessel, and sea salt! Materials will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Ali Moss is a pickle-lover who received her formal training from the visionaries at Hex Ferments. She is currently a second-year apprentice herbalist, student of biology at Towson University, and member of the Heart & Soil collective. She believes that the natural world provides essential tools for liberation from those systems that do not serve us.

Make Your Own Zine!

A. Jarrell Hayes will teach you all about zines. Peruse his collection of sample zines and then learn how to make a mini zine. Learn how to fold and cut a mini zine using a single 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper, pen, scissors and your imagination. Give your zine to someone as a gift or make copies of it to distribute!

A. Jarrell Hayes is a storyteller in Baltimore who writes fiction, fantasy and poetry (as A. J. Hayes). He’s been printing and folding chapbooks and zines at home, DIY style, for a few years. He’s the former publisher of an independent press, and currently a freelance publishing consultant. More information about him, his writing and his books can be found at www.ajhayes.com, or visit his table at the DIY Fest.


Mehendi (Henna) has been a staple art form in many cultures across the eastern world. Trading allowed the different types of henna plants and designs travel across cultures. The mehendi style and practice you will learn within this workshop will primarily be Indian influenced with slight variations and twists combined with other prominent cultures. You’ll learn about Tanzanian henna and designs, along with the distinct Moroccan designs and practices and many more! Come prepared with an open mind and an open palm.

Aayesha is an instinctual artist, healer and storyteller born in DC, raised in Baltimore. She is the first born of immigrant parents, a woman of color, and a muslim. When she’s not indulging in conversations or teaching workshops, she spends her time advocating for survivors of sexual assault, victims of police brutality, and others in needs. Her current medium of healing, art making, and storytelling are through henna, sewing, cooking, painting, writing, and facilitating conversations between strangers. She is the co-founder of strvnge encounters which is a platform for the wanderers of the world with no real home. strvnge encounters hopes to create space, and build a sustainable, welcoming home with you.

Vegan Cooking Demo
Join Dovetta to learn the art of vegan cooking. Learn how to make vegan mac & cheese so you’re ready for the next Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese Smackdown! You’ll also learn how to properly saute and season collard greens. Samples of both foods will be provided at the end of the workshop as well as additional vegan recipes for you to try at home. The first 8 attendees will have the opportunity to cook “hands-on” with Dovetta and take home their creations!

Dovetta Taylor won 2nd place in this year’s Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese Smackdown – she really knows her stuff! She is a volunteer coach for the Vegan Living Program and has worked in various sectors of the food service industry and in the culinary arts. Dovetta frequently teaches vegan cooking at various events throughout Baltimore. 

Potted Fruit Tree Care

This workshop will teach you how to take care and maintain potted fruit trees. You’ll first learn how to choose the correct pot size & soil mix for your fruit tree and then learn how to maintain it! Maintenance includes proper pruning techniques and managing watering & fruit production. After learning the proper way to care for a fruit tree, you’ll be able to take home your own one gallon sized fig tree. Fig trees will be given out on a first come, first served basis to the first 15 participants.

Kevin Antoszewski is with Civic Works Baltimore Orchard Project. The Baltimore Orchard Project strengthens communities through planting and cultivating orchards, teaching neighbors to be long-term stewards, and sharing the harvest among us all.

DIY Academia: How to Become an Independent Scholar

Learn how to break into independent academic research & teaching without having to attend college. When working on a research project, do you know how many hours you should dedicate to independent study? Jordannah will discuss research skills as well as how to move into Scholarly Circles, submit proposals for academic panels and be taken seriously as an Independent Scholar.

Jordannah Elizabeth is an independent scholar and has taught/lectured at Universities, but does not currently hold a degree. She was a guest journalist at Harvard University’s Black Lives Matter: Music, Race and Justice and has spoken at the Baltimore Book Festival, De Monte University, the Pratt Institute and the Center for New Music. She is an author, musician, journalist and an all around amazing autodidact!

Independent Film Making & Distribution

This will be a fascinating lecture on how to make narrative films independently and how to get your work shown outside of the film system. The film industry is known to be very elitist and to cater to a very specific types of film, where only corporate commercial films reach large audiences. This lecture is to show, with examples and case scenarios compiled over the last 11 years, that people can make films by themselves and organize collective screenings to their communities in addition to getting their works distributed online.

Peter Azen has worked in film for the past 11 years. He has made two feature documentaries, a feature narrative film for under $4K and tons of shorts, video-art installations, etc. His feature documentary, US of DIY, is about the DIY punk community across the U.S. in 2010.

Acrylic Selfie Portrait Painting

Bring your favorite selfie and learn how to turn it into an acrylic painting! Katia will teach basic face drawing proportions and color and paint mixing techniques. Canvases, easels and paint will be supplied on a first come, first served basis. Attendees are more than welcome to bring their own supplies!

Katia Baskina is a local expressionist painter and MICA graduate. She has been painting for 18 years and has been showing her art at local galleries, bars, and restaurants for the past 10 years. She is also the founder of the pop up Escape Artists Gallery as well as one of the member artists at the gallery.

Bicycle Tire Repair

Join Baltimore Bicycle Works to learn how to repair the age old roadside emergency of fixing a flat. Learn how to diagnose, repair and replace your inner tubes and tires. This workshop will be hands-on, so bring your own bike, flat tires or not, or use one of the demonstration bikes that Baltimore Bicycle Works will have on hand at the workshop. There will be a Q&A at the end of the workshop, so bring your bicycle repair/maintenance questions!

Baltimore Bicycle Works is Baltimore’s only worker owned and democratically operated bicycle shop. Their goal is to put more people on bikes because they’re practical, sustainable, beautiful, and fun! Baltimore Bicycle Works want to see Baltimore continue to flourish and develop as the next great cycling city!

Jewelry Making

This workshop will take place for the duration of the Fest at the Jewelry Making Station in the tabling room. Pick your favorite pendant, beads and then sit down with Jessica Oby to make your own necklace or bracelet. Some fees may apply depending on what you choose to create!

Jessica Oby is a DIY Fest regular. She has taught jewelry making for the entire TEN YEARS that DIY Fest has existed. Jessica shares her time and knowledge with DIY Fest attendees so they can create their very own jewelry masterpieces.

Fire Starting & Cordage(aka survival rope) – Survivalism 101

Learn how to start a fire without a lighter or matches! Dan DeVries will show you how to start a fire using fire by friction with the bow drill and other methods. In case of emergency, this could save your life. Dan will then show you how to form your own rope using local plants such as milkweed, dogbane or yucca. Once you’ve formed your own rope, use it to learn how to tie some useful knots!

Dan DeVries taught this workshop at the 4th Annual DIY Fest and we are thrilled to have him back to celebrate 10 years with us!


Moongirl Paperworks

Sybil Press

The Word Distrobution

Snack King Comics

Kitten Witch Apothecary 

Stardust Herbals


ArtXscape Everything Creative

Katana Lippart

Rachael | Hausos

Parang Kim / DIY to ART

Cory Kram

Hannah Bae

Amadeus Magazine

Stay Kind! Distro 

Courteney Gannon

Joe Maccarone

Katherine Charney

Katia Baskina (Kat Art LLC)


Ipsy Bipsy Studio

Jordan Levine

Léa van der Tak

A. Jarrell Hayes


Aayesha (Strvnge Encounters)