The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) released its April calendar of events. The museum offers half-price admission on Thursday evenings (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and live music on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Mia Wright-Ros: A Moment to Breathe
Through April 11
Now on view in The Theater at MAD, “A Moment to Breathe,” created by leather artisan and artist Mia Wright-Ross, combines leather tapestries, performance, film and the rhythmic beats of a sewing machine needle to examine the healing process as it relates to grief — familial, ancestral and global.
Digital Drop-in: Jewelry-Making with Clay
Tue, Apr 6 / 7–7:45 p.m.
Sign on for a live, artist-led tutorial on experimenting with craft and design processes to create unique polymer necklaces and earrings. During this fun and informal workshop led by MAD Artist Studios resident Jen Dwyer, participants will learn Dyer’s lace patterning and painting techniques for her ceramics and apply them to making jewelry using polymer clay.
Digital Drop-in: Jewelry-Making with Wire
Tue, Apr 13 / 7–7:45 p.m.
Sign on for a live artist-led tutorial on experimenting with craft and design processes. During this fun and informal workshop, MAD About Jewelry and Artist Studios alum Mia Hebib of Oblik Atelier will introduce basic jewelry tools and simple techniques to guide participants through playful jewelry-making. The workshop will be an exercise for the hands and mind, in which participants will transform drawings and doodles into wearable jewelry.
Intensive Workshop: Armenian Needle Lace
Sat, Apr 17 / 12–2 p.m.
Join MAD Artist Studios resident Emma Welty in creating a delicate needle lace strawberry (known as “yelag” in Armenian). Armenian needle lace is a knotting technique made with simply a needle and thread. Because it is made with lightweight and commonly-found materials, it is a craft that has survived the forced displacement of many generations of Armenians. Over the last century, the craft of Armenian needle lace has been painstakingly preserved within communities of the Armenian-American diaspora through intergenerational instruction, how-to books, exhibitions and, in recent years, video tutorials. Limited to only 12 participants, this intensive online workshop aims to be a link in that chain of intergenerational craft.
Digital Drop-in: Rematerializing Climate Data
Tue, Apr 27 / 7–7:45 p.m.
In conjunction with Earth Day 2021, MAD Artist Studios resident Tali Weinberg will guide participants through the process of transforming climate change data into a color-coded, knotted cord that can be worn or hung on a wall. Each participant will create their own unique knotted artwork out of ocean temperature data while reflecting on personal and collective experiences of climate crises.