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Beyond the Burn: Craft Circle Jerks
By: Slightly
Tucked away in a riverside industrial complex in Asheville is a small community of independent artists. These writers, philosophers, musicians, chefs, electricians, mechanics, carpenters, pyromaniacs, sculptors, fashion designers, welders, engineers, pirates, dancers, gardeners, storytellers, misanthropes, (and more) comprise the diverse, dynamic cast of multi-talented individuals who live, work, and create in a private space known as The Compound. This madhouse/community center/workshop has served as an incubator for many projects you may recognize, including: fundraisers for Mustacheville and construction of the Flaming 'Stache, fundraising for and construction of the Molly Roger, The Sacred Doorway art installation, fundraising for – and destruction of – Anger Camp, fabrication and prebuilding of the 2015 effigy, the Why Not Immortal Portal from Jedi Training Camp, cleansing and sorting 2015 Lost and Found, and numerous other crafts, gifts, and projects which have popped up at Transformus as well as other regional burns. A community of inventive, hard-working minds keeps the space from becoming utter chaos while continuing to clean up flood/mud damage sustained at the end of last year.
The community is not, however, known for a particularly welcoming stance. Parts of the theme camp conglomerate collectively known as Asshole Alley also make a home away from Home here. “Don't stop by. We don't want visitors. It's a compound,” says one. Part of maintaining a safe and open creative space is imposing limits on how and when people can be welcomed. As a whole, the community at The Compound happens to align pretty well with the Ten Principles, but radical inclusion has its limits if one wants to maintain a modicum of sanity. There's a quality of vetting behind this snark, and those who are willing to work alongside these “assholes” might find a very helpful, genuine, and resourceful group. (Your mileage may vary.)
A little of the same volunteer ethic that keeps a burn running goes a long way in helping a space funded by and for art to stay afloat. Once to several times per week, The Compound hosts a series of events run by a collective known as the Craft Circle Jerks. Started as a way to pool artistic resources and supplies, it has now grown into a regular series of community-led classes. A wry nod to the devastation wreaked by flooding, sessions are held in a part of The Compound recently renamed the Down By The River Room. From felting to sewing circles to wire-wrapping, firearm safety to fire props, creating toys for cats and banana hammers, working in latex or leather, painting to purling - classes span a variety of topics as broad as the knowledge base of the burner community. Instruction and materials rely on donations and are informal in nature, with many open classes where participants are invited to bring whatever art and ideas they'd like to share with others to help keep creativity flowing year-round. Even if you're not the creative sort, the Craft Circle Jerks offer an auxiliary group therapy, a time specifically available to simply sit around and talk with people who want to listen.
If you benefit from sharing your creative energy with others, especially as spring approaches and ideas for burn art start rolling forth, if you're local to Asheville and would like to check out what the Circle Jerks are up to, this is their response: “Radically go fuck yourself (with us if invited.) You will know if you are invited.” If you don't know how to get invited, make a new friend and contact a mysterious Mysterian via [email protected] to see if you qualify for further information regarding this awesome thing you didn't know you were missing. As a sounding board for ideas, a place to gather useful information, and a way to learn and refine techniques, the classes offered by the Craft Circle Jerks are an invaluable commodity to help burn brightly year-round.
“Beyond the Burn” features Mysterians who bring the Burn magic to Defaultia. To nominate a group for inclusion in Mysterian Musings, please contact [email protected]."


The Craft Circle Jerks always need toilet paper, wood for the stove, and duct tape (don't ask why).

Tiers
TP Provider
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Knowledge that the class participants can wipe their butts
Security Advocate
$5 or more per month 1 patron
Knowledge that all the things that should not move have been temporarily steadied.
You’ve Got Wood
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Knowledge that the class participants fingers won't freeze off, for at least one day, this winter.
Studio Mate
$25 or more per month 0 of 25 patrons
Free admission to *most events and classes. Can host your own approved small event.
Video Voyeur
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Host your own movie night (or other approved small event) monthly, once we get a projector
Goals
$4 of $350 per month
The studio can keep operating.
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Beyond the Burn: Craft Circle Jerks
By: Slightly
Tucked away in a riverside industrial complex in Asheville is a small community of independent artists. These writers, philosophers, musicians, chefs, electricians, mechanics, carpenters, pyromaniacs, sculptors, fashion designers, welders, engineers, pirates, dancers, gardeners, storytellers, misanthropes, (and more) comprise the diverse, dynamic cast of multi-talented individuals who live, work, and create in a private space known as The Compound. This madhouse/community center/workshop has served as an incubator for many projects you may recognize, including: fundraisers for Mustacheville and construction of the Flaming 'Stache, fundraising for and construction of the Molly Roger, The Sacred Doorway art installation, fundraising for – and destruction of – Anger Camp, fabrication and prebuilding of the 2015 effigy, the Why Not Immortal Portal from Jedi Training Camp, cleansing and sorting 2015 Lost and Found, and numerous other crafts, gifts, and projects which have popped up at Transformus as well as other regional burns. A community of inventive, hard-working minds keeps the space from becoming utter chaos while continuing to clean up flood/mud damage sustained at the end of last year.
The community is not, however, known for a particularly welcoming stance. Parts of the theme camp conglomerate collectively known as Asshole Alley also make a home away from Home here. “Don't stop by. We don't want visitors. It's a compound,” says one. Part of maintaining a safe and open creative space is imposing limits on how and when people can be welcomed. As a whole, the community at The Compound happens to align pretty well with the Ten Principles, but radical inclusion has its limits if one wants to maintain a modicum of sanity. There's a quality of vetting behind this snark, and those who are willing to work alongside these “assholes” might find a very helpful, genuine, and resourceful group. (Your mileage may vary.)
A little of the same volunteer ethic that keeps a burn running goes a long way in helping a space funded by and for art to stay afloat. Once to several times per week, The Compound hosts a series of events run by a collective known as the Craft Circle Jerks. Started as a way to pool artistic resources and supplies, it has now grown into a regular series of community-led classes. A wry nod to the devastation wreaked by flooding, sessions are held in a part of The Compound recently renamed the Down By The River Room. From felting to sewing circles to wire-wrapping, firearm safety to fire props, creating toys for cats and banana hammers, working in latex or leather, painting to purling - classes span a variety of topics as broad as the knowledge base of the burner community. Instruction and materials rely on donations and are informal in nature, with many open classes where participants are invited to bring whatever art and ideas they'd like to share with others to help keep creativity flowing year-round. Even if you're not the creative sort, the Craft Circle Jerks offer an auxiliary group therapy, a time specifically available to simply sit around and talk with people who want to listen.
If you benefit from sharing your creative energy with others, especially as spring approaches and ideas for burn art start rolling forth, if you're local to Asheville and would like to check out what the Circle Jerks are up to, this is their response: “Radically go fuck yourself (with us if invited.) You will know if you are invited.” If you don't know how to get invited, make a new friend and contact a mysterious Mysterian via [email protected] to see if you qualify for further information regarding this awesome thing you didn't know you were missing. As a sounding board for ideas, a place to gather useful information, and a way to learn and refine techniques, the classes offered by the Craft Circle Jerks are an invaluable commodity to help burn brightly year-round.
“Beyond the Burn” features Mysterians who bring the Burn magic to Defaultia. To nominate a group for inclusion in Mysterian Musings, please contact [email protected]."


The Craft Circle Jerks always need toilet paper, wood for the stove, and duct tape (don't ask why).

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Tiers
TP Provider
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Knowledge that the class participants can wipe their butts
Security Advocate
$5 or more per month 1 patron
Knowledge that all the things that should not move have been temporarily steadied.
You’ve Got Wood
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Knowledge that the class participants fingers won't freeze off, for at least one day, this winter.
Studio Mate
$25 or more per month 0 of 25 patrons
Free admission to *most events and classes. Can host your own approved small event.
Video Voyeur
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Host your own movie night (or other approved small event) monthly, once we get a projector