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An Hour in the Crafts Abyss
Join us for a virtual crafting meet-up and sneak preview of Crafts Abyss, a video series that explores the fuzzy boundaries of the world-wide-web.

Inspired by deep dives down the rabbit hole into online craft tutorials, Artist Studios resident Rhonda Weppler and artist Trevor Mahovsky evoked elements of DIY and ASMR videos to create the surreal and meditative world of Crafts Abyss.

During this virtual crafting bee inspired by Crafts Abyss Episode 2: Monarch, join the creators to discuss the making of the video series, share your own home craft (finished or in progress, paper or otherwise!), and learn how to create a spooky paper viewfinder based on 19th-century folding paper dioramas. The artists will also reference paper jewelry pieces in MAD’s permanent collection by artist Wendy Ramshaw. A printable template for the spooky folding paper diorama will be sent to participants in advance.

White glue
Paper clips
Paper glue stick
1/4-inch paper hole punch
Crayons or colored pencils
Empty cereal or cracker box
Wax paper and permanent markers, OR vellum, tracing paper, or tissue paper and any markers
24-inch-long piece of string or thin cord (optional)
White paper and black construction paper (optional)

Oct 24, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Rhonda Weppler
Rhonda Weppler makes sculptural still lifes using the centuries-old technique of repoussé, in which a malleable metal is shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief. Embossing aluminum, brass, and copper foils on objects, Weppler creates residual shells that serve as commentary on the ephemerality of all things. Weppler presented an exhibition in collaboration with the MFA Boston’s Community Arts Initiative, and has exhibited extensively across Canada with her frequent collaborator, Trevor Mahovsky. Weppler received an MFA from the University of British Columbia and a BA from the University of Toronto.
Trevor Mahovsky
Trevor Mahovsky is a Calgary born, Toronto-based artist, with an MFA from the University of British Columbia. He has worked collaboratively with Rhonda Weppler since 2004; much of their work looks to reach outside of gallery settings. He has also written on art for journals such as Artforum.