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38 Lanterns for MASS MoCA’s NYC Gala

All images and text excerpted from coombscriddle.wordpress.com.

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Last winter, local glass artist Debora Coombs was onsite at MASS MoCA for a few weeks, faux-painting and creating gold texture for interior surfaces in Darren Waterston’s Uncertain Beauty exhibition at MASS MoCA. For the museum’s annual gala this fall, Coombs and Waterston showed off their latest collaboration, a sold-out edition of 38 hand-made lanterns.

Here’s a peek inside Coombs’ studio and the lantern-making process.

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Darren Waterston, painting landscapes onto glass

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Coombs and Waterston at the NYC Gala in October

Learn more about Darren Waterston’s MASS MoCA exhibition Uncertain Beauty here and visit Coombs’ website to learn more about the glass process and her work.

Posted December 3, 2014 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Darren Waterston: Uncertain Beauty, Design, Exhibitions, Local Artists
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Revamped Hardware brings MASS MoCA home for the holidays!

It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday shopping. MASS MoCA’s online Hardware store can help. The site now features a much wider selection of products, including past and present exhibition catalogs and new MoCA gear which is not available anywhere else.

Dedicated MASS MoCA fans might see a few familiar faces as employees and interns model apparel. Retail Manager Phyllis Criddle says, “All the photos of MoCA employees have such wonderful life and character- it wouldn’t look nearly as good if we had used professional models!” We couldn’t agree more; Derek and Marissa look great in MASS MoCA and Michael Oatman t-shirts, respectively.

 

Hardware has something for everyone on your list and even a few things for your own holiday wish list. Criddle shares her favorite items below.

Upside Down Grass Kit:  Grow your own version of Natalie Jeremijenko’s iconic Tree Logic.

The Fresh Egg Cookbook: Written by local author, chicken keeper, and Director of Development Jennifer Trainer Thompson.

Sol LeWitt Yarmulke: Designed by Sol LeWitt for his temple, Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, in Chester, Conneticut. Just in time for the holidays!

Speaking of the holidays, Hardware will extend an additional discount to MoCA members on Black Friday 11/23/12. Members will receive 20% off instead of their usual 10%.

Posted November 2, 2012 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Design, Exhibitions, Hardware, Interns, LeWitt, MASS MoCA by Design, Staff, Tree Logic
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Old Fashioned Type

It is impossible not to be influenced by the magnificent mill buildings we inhabit. In the design department we continually dig though inherited archives for inspiration. One particular instance is the graphics and mid-century typography of the former Sprague plant.

The original Sprague logo has worked it’s way into many iterations:

Appearing often enough we decided it was time to create a full-fledged working font. With the help of former super-intern Danelle Cheney, SpragueFace was sketched and produced into a beautiful, multi-weight, real-deal font.

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A bonus look at the light weight:

There you have it! Are any of our readers type geeks? Let us know what you think. Have you ever made your own font?

 

Posted November 1, 2011 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Design
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Jim Findlay’s Video for International George Crumb Day

My awesome friend Meredith in the Performing Arts department took a few minutes to visit with designer/artist Jim Findlay while he was here working on his design and video for the Music of George Crumb concert which is the grand finale to International George Crumb Day here at MASS MoCA. Meredith put together a few clips of her time with Jim to give you idea of what he has up his sleeve for the video portion of the concert. Hope to see you there!

Cheers,
Brittany

Posted July 24, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
Filed under BLOG, Design, Film
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A new online home for Kidspace!

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Our friends at Kidspace have a new home on the world wide web. The new website features photos, educator guides, a brand new blog, and so much more! What are you waiting for? Visit the new Kidspace website NOW!

Cheers,
Brittany

Posted July 2, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
Filed under BLOG, Design, Kidspace
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What might have inspired this?

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This new product from an Australian designer just came across our desk.  Its called the Sky Planter and its by Patrick Morris. The website touts the Sky Planter’s ability to save water, floor space, and your plants, but we already knew the benefits of upside down plants here at MASS MoCA.  We’re checking our records to see if Mr. Morris has ever been a visitor….

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Posted August 25, 2009 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Design, Exhibitions, Tree Logic
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