2019 DIY Fest

We are still confirming workshops and tablers for this year’s Fest.

But we wanted to share with you what we have confirmed so far…



Reproductive Healthcare 101
Visit the Whole Woman’s Health of Baltimore table during the Fest to learn more about abortion care, fighting abortion stigma, abortion funding, contraceptive measures, and sexual health. They’ll also have free Plan B and condoms! Their friends from the Baltimore Doula Project will also be joining them.
Whole Woman’s Health is a patient-centered healthcare practice, where the focus is on the whole woman — her head, her heart, and her body. We believe all healthcare, especially gynecological and abortion services, can better serve our community with a holistic approach, rooted in community values of trust and respect.

How to Quit Sugar & Feel Amazing

Have you ever thought about how harmful sugar is to your body? Yes, it tastes good and its in so many of those treats that we reach for but, if you only knew the harm you were doing to your body you may think twice before consuming so much of it! This workshop will help you understand the effects that sugar has on your digestion, brain and even your hormones.

Crystal Forman, MPH, MHA is a passionate health, fitness and wellness educator with over 20 years of experience in health education and wellness. She is a chef and holistic wellness and health educator and coach. She hosts wellness workshops and cooking classes throughout Maryland, D.C., Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Using a plant-based approach, she focuses on disease prevention education, chronic conditions management, and health & wellness outreach programs. Crystal loves being in nature and growing and foraging for food. She also holds space for meditation at the Impact Hub Baltimore and she does outdoor meditation during the Spring and Summer.

 Nutritional Benefits of Juicing

Join Juan Nance from Healthy People Juice to learn about the health benefits of juicing and the relationship between food and human behavior. This workshop will break down the components of being healthy in a way that’s easy to understand to allow you to incorporate new habits into your everyday lifestyle. Learn about the different types of juicers that are available and the best way to incorporate juicing into your everyday life. Two juices will be made during the workshop which you will have a chance to sample!

Healthy People Juice is a Baltimore based company whose mission is to the better the health of our community with their products. They love serving the community and providing the highest quality of health that you can get from a bottle. They also regularly employ Baltimore’s youth to help create their awesome juice products!

Rockhounding 101 – How to find cool fossils and gemstones

Check out a presentation given by Jess Oby, an amateur paleontologist who’s been pocketing pebbles since she was a kindergartner. The workshop focuses on geological locations in the Eastern U.S., and will include information on how and where to find your own fancy rocks.

NOTE: The focus of this workshop is heavy on the fossils, less so on the gems.

Jess Oby is a self-taught naturalist who loves to hike and explore in Maryland. She has a passion for geology, mycology, herpetology, entomology, art, beads, mental health awareness, and education. Jess has participated in Baltimore’s D.I.Y. Fest for all 12 years. Come say hello at the jewelry making table and make yourself some bling.


Learn about the history, significance, and the how-to of making zines. Zines are a powerful artistic tool to spread ideas and fuel social movement. They also help to empower individuals by presenting a form of expression that will enable them to share their voices. Participants will make a mini-zine using collage materials about a topic of their choice. This workshop will be a fairly laid-back setting allowing you to work creatively and explore new ideas.

Taught by Beast Grrl Collective, a youth-run feminist organization interested in promoting youth empowerment, feminist education, and art activism. They publish zines, organize service projects, and host events around Baltimore City.

Jewelry Making

This workshop will take place for the duration of the Fest (please note, it will take a short hiatus while Jessica teaches her Fossils Workshop!) 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 ELEVEN 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.

DISwrite: DIY Professional Publishing

So you have finally put your nose to the grindstone and completed your manuscript… but now what? What are the options for enterprising authors, poets, playwrights, or essayists? What steps can you take to optimize your approach when submitting to major publishers? What can you do to find a good fit in the independent/small-press publishing world? What can you do to take the reins of your own release and self-publish? What roadblocks can you expect? Does a social media presence matter? Do you really know what your own work is ultimately about, and who it appeals to?

Keith Backhaus is a Baltimore author that melds genre work with an anarcho-punk aesthetic. His first novel, A Still Pool was published as part of a collaborative release entitled Axiom Radnor: Year One by Empty City Press; his existential fantasy novels, A Fitting Epilogue and I, Dagger are also available through Empty City Press (2014 & 2016 respectively). His most recent novel Empire of Ghosts Vol. 1 (Precursors) is slated for release in summer 2019. He acted as the guest editor for the 2015 release of the Empty City Press journal The Grey Alley Volume 1 and the 2017 release of The Grey Alley Volume 2. He currently plays in the psych-punk band Homuncumulus.

All About Chickens!

If you’ve been thinking of adding chickens to your backyard – this is the workshop for you! Learn all about keeping chickens in your backyard. Did you know that each breed is unique? Mindy will provide detailed information about the different breeds so you’ll know which one is right you. You’ll also learn basic care information and how to properly set up a chicken coop so your chickens stay happy and healthy!

Taught by Mindy FitzGerald, a retired death investigator that just relocated to a small farm in Pennsylvania. Mindy is working toward being as self-sufficient as possible and is currently attending veterinary forensics courses online. She is also tabling this year’s Fest – check out her website here: Hunter & Harvest.

Yarn Spinning & Tapestry Weaving

Christiane Knight will demonstrate how to spin yarn both on a spinning wheel and on spindles. Then she will invite people to try spinning yarn themselves on a drop spindle. You will also have the opportunity to try your hand at weaving a tiny tapestry! Christiane will be doing yarn spinning demonstrations throughout the duration of the fest at her table where you can also check out her awesome wearables, weavings, and jewelry!

Christiane Knight is the owner of Three Raven Studios. She takes traditional fiber arts to the next level by embracing a modern aesthetic of texture and color to convey energy, emotion, and movement. She is self-taught and espouses the idea of moving knitting, crochet, weaving, and other fiber arts from the dismissive label of “craft” to a full-fledged artistic form.

Fermentation 101 – How to Make Pickles

Join Ali Moss for an introduction to fermented foods! Learn the basics of lactic acid fermentation: what are beneficial microbes and how can we collaborate with them to make deliciously-sour, digestion-promoting, preserved foods? After the introduction you’ll get to work as a group to slice, jar and brine pickles for future enjoyment. Each participant will get to take home their own jar of green tomato pickles (supply permitting – radishes may be used as a backup).

Ali Moss is a pickle-lover who received her formal training from the visionaries at Hex Ferments. She is currently an apprentice herbalist, student of microbial ecology 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 and that ecology-based agriculture is key to stabilizing our food supply as the global climate changes.


Beast Grrl Collective – a youth-run feminist organization interested in promoting youth empowerment, feminist education, and art activism. They publish zines, organize service projects, and host events around Baltimore City. They are also teaching the Zine Workshop!

Dog’s Breakfast – A zine that seeks to connect artists, activists, creators, cultivators regardless of experience, accolades, etc. compile their work and present it to whoever is watching. They feel that everyone has a voice, a medium, a story, and they want to hear it!

Pauli M. Kohberger – Handmade books, pins and sketchbooks.

Nun Comix – Zines, comics & handmade patches. They can also make custom watercolor paintings from pics of your pet!

Empty City Press – Baltimore based publishing company that is working to cultivate and circulate the work of talented writers. They are dedicated to literature that challenges and responds to the culture that surrounds it. Keith from Empty City Press will also be teaching the DIY Professional Publishing workshop!

Second Guess Stitches – Snarky/queer/nerdy/feministy embroidery and cross stitch! Check out her awesome work on IG.

SeongEun Macfarlane – Zines, stickers & pins.

Fake Crab Records – Baltimore based analog record label.

The Undercroft – Local Baltimore community arts center that is focused on providing a safe, all ages and accessible space for artists, Remington residents and working families.

Thinking in Full Color – An award-winning organization that empowers women of color through education and the arts. Through their programming, they empower woman-identified creators while educating audiences about the need for diversity in the media, racial issues and cultural exchange. They create opportunities for women of color in theater, visual art, comedy, music, dance, and other media. TIFC is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. For more information, visit http://www.ThinkingInFullColor.com

Ipsy Bipsy Studio – An independent risograph print studio in Rockville that offers special deals on producing 1-sheet ‘ready-to-print’ zines formatted using templates. They also create custom cards, flyers, posters, invitations and more!

Pamela Zhang – Pamela is a painter and illustrator. She will be selling her  polymer clay crafts, ceramics, and artwork (prints and originals).

Hunter & Harvest – Herbal salves, sprays, jewelry, crystals, and more! Mindy will also be teaching the chicken workshop!!

Three Ravens Studio – Hand spun yarn, plus small tapestries, wearables, and jewelry made from my yarn. Christiane will also allow you to try your hand at weaving your own tapestry and will have yarn spinning demos throughout the day!

Girls on Film – Girls, on Film is a quarterly zine hopelessly devoted to 80s movies. For each issue, they pick a theme and then write about 8 movies released between 1980-89 that fit that theme. Their published issues cover movies about music, sports, Summer, food, and work.

Junk! Magazine is a zine created by Lukas Armstrong-Laird mostly because one day he was bored and his mom was about to get rid of a large stack of old magazines. The zine features his completely analog collage art, as well as some haikus he makes his roommate write for each issue. Philosophically, Junk! Magazine promotes the idea that all art, in some way or another, is made from other art.

Whole Woman’s Health – A patient-centered healthcare practice, where the focus is on the whole woman — her head, her heart, and her body. We believe all healthcare, especially gynecological and abortion services, can better serve our community with a holistic approach, rooted in community values of trust and respect. They will have free Plan B available at their table.

Moongirl Paperworks – Run by a local Baltimore artist who creates unique handmade paper crafts by reusing and recycling, books, calendars, album covers, maps and all kinds of found paper.

PK Kim – is a multi-disciplinary trans artist from Baltimore primarily focusing on experimental music/sound design and character-heavy illustration, with additional experience in graphic design, film photography, film, and video-game design.