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Craft with Etsy and the MAD Museum with Sabrina Gschwandtner handmade and vintage goods

Why stay in and craft all by your lonesome? Craft Night at the Etsy Labs on Gold St. may be on hold until September 14 when we move to our new office, but fear not — many crafty opportunities abound! Etsy has joined forces with the Museum of Art and Design to present a weekly series of hands-on workshops we’re calling DIY Thursdays. Drop in between 6-8 p.m. each Thursday in August for some down and dirty, do-it-yourself fun in the museum’s studios. The workshops are free with pay-what-you-wish admission to the museum. Click here for directions

Not a New Yorker? Don’t fret, you can still join in on the fun online by joining us at 5:30 p.m. ET on Thursday in the Virtual Labs for a live demo of the project. (Click here to see what time 5:30 p.m. ET is in your hometown.)

The series kicks off on Thursday, August 6 with a workshop lead by artist Sabrina Gschwandtner, founder and editor of KnitKnit. Sabrina will demonstrate a few simple ways to combine textile art and jewelry into one beautiful project: crocheted jewelry. Sabrina will be teaching how to make earrings (design by Julie A. Bolduc) and boutonnieres that are perfect for summer weddings, picnics, and barbecues. Materials will be provided.




Sabrina Gschwandtner is an artist who combines photographic and textile media in works that bridge the fields of contemporary art, craft and social history. She has exhibited her work internationally and was included in two exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design in 2007. She is the author of “KnitKnit: Profiles and Projects from Knitting’s New Wave” (which you can also buy as a book-on-tape. Listen while you knit!), and has lectured extensively on the revival of handcraft in popular culture. She received a BA in art/semiotics from Brown University and an MFA from Bard College. She is the recent recipient of an International Artists Studio Program residency in Sweden.




Upcoming Events with Etsy:

8/02: Church of Craft meeting (2-6 p.m.) — This is the last event we’ll be hosting on 325 Gold Street!

8/13: DIY Thursdays at MAD: T-shirt reconstruction with Megan Nicolay

8/20: DIY Thursdays at MAD: Fabric collage and embroidery with Astulabee

8/27: DIY Thursdays at MAD: Paper piecing with Aaron McIntosh

9/14: Grand Opening Craft Night at Etsy Labs’ new space in Dumbo, Brooklyn (Details to come.)

A snapshot from the Museum of Art and Design‘s studios.


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Will we see you Thursday, ready to crochet? Let us know in the comments below!