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New York Shopping

Around Town : New York Shopping

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Shopping for supplies here in the Crafts Department has led to the discovery of some wonderfully kooky shops in New York—some of them are just great places to find general supplies, others are super specific. A few of my favorites are below. If you live here or are planning a trip soon, check them out! …


Around Town : Audiowear

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Last night I went to an event called AudioWear, created by my friends Christie Wright and Arjen Noordeman, who call themselves Elasticbrand. AudioWear is a collection of porcelain musical jewelry that you can wear but also play. I remember having dinner at their apartment a couple years ago and seeing the first sketches of these pieces …

Maker Faire 2011!

Around Town : Maker Faire 2011!

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This weekend my family and I attended Make magazine’s second annual Maker Faire New York, a festival created to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects, and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mind-set.” Our two boys, 5 and 8, had a great time making, crafting, and playing. All the volunteers that we met were incredibly generous with their …

Knowhow Shop

Around Town : Knowhow Shop

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Here in the Crafts Department, we like to be in the know when it comes to the latest and greatest craft communities, workshops, and alternative spaces. That said, I was delighted to stumble upon the newly founded Los Angeles–based cooperative fabrication shop and design studio called the Knowhow Shop, founded by architects Kagan Taylor, Justin Rice, …

Antiquing with the Collecting Department

Around Town : Antiquing with the Collecting Department

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A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to take a day trip down to Kutztown, Pennsylvania, with the Collecting Department. Fritz and Liz toured me around a large outdoor antiques show, as well as several antiques shops that Fritz knew well in the area. There were so many treasures—I’ve never seen anything like it! …

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

Around Town : Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

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Today’s post was written by Kate, an employee who loves folk art and wants to remind you about the amazing Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. “Now in its eighth year, the market will take place this year from July 8 to 10 on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This year, more than …

Materials for the Arts

Around Town : Materials for the Arts

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The crafts room is certainly brimming with supplies, but if some of you are ever curious about what we do with supplies we don’t need, I thought I would share with you a wonderful program called Materials for the Arts. Founded in 1978, MFTA supplies literally thousands of New York public schools and community art …

Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works

Around Town : Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works

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On view until June 25 is Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works at Cheim & Reid gallery in New York City. Referred to as fabric “drawings,” the works are created from clothing, sheets, towels, and material from the artist’s personal collection. The color combinations and graphic layouts of the fabric patterns are incredibly mesmerizing. Individually they appear …