Monthly Archives: January 2012

Blossoms Abstracted

Blossoms Abstracted, 2011

Olivia Mahler Haug is currently featured in the annual juried undergraduate exhibition at the Carroll Gallery at Tulane University.

Olivia was an apprentice, and is now an artisan in residence at the Museum and designer of the MicroPottery series at the Museum.

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Materials Library: Who Knew There Was a Name For It?

The Materials Library at Material Connexion

Most of you know about the loft storage area upstairs in the office.  Hundreds, no, thousands of pieces of plastic pieces, fabric swatches, electrical components, lenses, lights, etc. are stored up there.

But who knew there was a name for a place such as this (Other than “that place where Sally will kill you if you don’t put stuff back where it came from in a tidy fashion”)?

EWM Materials Library... and this is just the half of it.

Now, we know that all good design places have a Materials Library, and that we are definitely a good design place.

And, since Bill now calls the system the Sally Decimal System, we don’t want to mess things up Dewey?

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Martin Luther King Day 2012: The Power of Design

  • Monday, January 16th, 2012 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Ages 7-12
  • $59.00 for nonmembers/$55.00 for members
  • Register Here

On Martin Luther King’s Day, celebrate understanding, ingenuity and generosity.

Namibia occupies the Atlantic coast of southwest Africa. Its area is almost 5 times the size of New England but much of that land is unfriendly desert. Its population is small. Some of its people enjoy modern prosperity. But many toil to live from the land much as their ancestors did.

Construction materials are scarce. Margaret Courtney-Clarke, Tonia Von Lieres and local volunteers have used cast off polypropylene grain bags filled with the abundant desert sand, wire, and simple roofing felt to construct solid, comfortable homes that ward off the heat of summer and the cold of winter.

Construct a micro-experimental house using salt packs. Create its family and the meerkats, zebras, and elephants that inhabit it. Get to know DRC, Swakopmund where the first experimental house was built (and where Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was born.) With stories and music from Namibia. Consider the power of design to make a better world.

To honor Dr. King, the Museum will invest 30% of the tuition for this workshop in materials for the Sandbag Housing Project, DRC, Swakopmund, Namibia. www.margaret-courtney-clarke.com/projects.htm

Click here to register.

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