Learn at the Craft & Folk Art Museum

The Craft & Folk Art Museum offers a variety of workshops and classes, art talks, readings, and participatory projects for all ages. View our chronological list of events.


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Amelia Redux 1937-2012: 
A Pilot’s Log
A Reading & Presentation by Laura Stickney & Vilma Mendillo
Saturday, April 29 | 11:30am | Free with RSVP

Presentation and poetry reading by Laura Stickney and Vilma Mendillo of their artist book, Amelia Redux 1937-2012: A Pilot’s Log. The artists will discuss their work and take you on a lofty journey of image and word inspired by Amelia Earhart’s 1937 flight. Maps will be supplied! In conjunction with the exhibition Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California.

Space is limited, RSVP required: rsvp@cafam.org


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Upcycled VHS Tape Books!
A Bookbinding Workshop with Rachel Curry
Saturday, April 29 | 1:00-4:00pm | $55 / $45 members (includes materials)

Learn the craft of bookbinding during this unique workshop taught by book artist Rachel Curry. Participants will transform old VHS tape boxes into one-of-a-kind long-stitch bound journals and sketchbooks! Materials and VHS tape boxes will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their cardboard VHS tape box.

Advanced registration required. Click here to register or email: workshops@cafam.org


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Spring Marketplace 
Sunday, April 30 | 11:00–5:00pm | Free 

Celebrate the spring season at the CAFAM Shop’s new shopping event, featuring our favorite Los Angeles makers. Find special one-of-a-kind contemporary jewelry, art, textiles, housewares, and other beautiful hand-crafted gifts for your loved ones.


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CraftNight: Literary Sculpture
A Book-Sculpture Workshop with Lisa Occhipinti 
Thursday, May 4 | 7:00 –9:00pm | Demonstrations at 7:00pm & 7:30pm 
$10 / free for members (includes materials, drinks, & snacks) 

Chapters artist and author Lisa Occhipinti will be guiding a workshop making 3-D sculptures from repurposed books. Using her work in the gallery as inspiration, cut, glue and fold pages to create chic paper orbs and geometric sculptures. This workshop is sure to be a page turner!

Space is limited, RSVP requested: cafammay2017.eventbrite.com


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Chapters Exhibition Closing Event
The Self & The Publishing: A Conversation on 
the Politics and History of Self-Published Work in the LGBTQ Community 
Sunday, May 7 | 3:00pm | Free with admission | Reception to follow 

Join Chapters exhibiting artists Joey Terrill and Darin Klein for a thoughtful conversation on the history and contemporary presence of self-published work in the LGBTQ community. The discussion is moderated by David Evans Frantz, curator at ONE National Archives, and will be joined by Rhea Tepp, co-director of LA Zine Fest.

Space is limited, RSVP required: rsvp@cafam.org


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CAFAM galleries will be closed for exhibition installation from May 8–26. The CAFAM Shop will remain open during regular hours.


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Fiber Mobiles with Mimi Haddon: A CraftLab Family Workshop! 
Sunday, May 14 | Drop-in between 1:30 –3:30pm $7 adults / $5 children / free for members 

Get excited for our upcoming fiber exhibition by making your own fantastic fiber mobile sculpture! Mimi Haddon guides participants through using wire, thread, and fabric to create a hanging art piece, as well as making tassels and pom-poms to add as decoration!


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Yarn Bombing Los Angeles Knit Graffiti Collective
Saturday, May 20 | 2:00–5:00pm Free and open to the public

Join in YBLA’s monthly meeting to find out what your local guerrilla knitters are up to, share projects you’re working on, and good conversation. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged!

More Information: www.yarnbombinglosangeles.com


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CraftNight: Downtown LA
Tacos & Beer with Billy Kheel at Angel City Brewery 
Wednesday, May 24 | 6:00 –8:00pm Angel City Brewery DTLA Demonstrations at 6:00pm & 6:30pm $10 / free for members (includes materials)

Join us for tacos and beer at Angel City Brewery! Artist Billy Kheel leads a delicious workshop on making your own beer bottle and taco out of FELT! Hosted by our friends at Angel City, make, mingle, eat, and drink at this tasty event. The event takes place at Angel City Brewery at 216 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Space is limited. RSVP requested: cafammayACB2017.eventbrite.com


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Opening Reception for Material as Metaphor and Betye Saar: Keepin’ it Clean
Saturday, May 27 | 6:00 –9:00pm 

$12 entry / free for members

For more information email: info@cafam.org


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CraftNight: Macramé Madness Workshop
Thursday, June 1 | 7:00 –9:00pm Demonstrations at 7:00pm & 7:30pm $10 / free for members (includes materials, drinks, & snacks)

Are you mad for macramé? Learn basic skills and knots to make your very own macramé art piece. From wall hanging to wearable art, this knotty workshop is sure to pack some fun.

Space is limited. RSVP requested: cafamjune2017.eventbrite.com


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Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community
Artist Panel Discussion & Book Launch
Saturday, June 3 | 3:00pm | Free with admission

This artist panel celebrates the launch of the book Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community and features LA-based fiber artists Diedrick Brackens, Ben Cuevas, and Maria Pineres. Moderated by John Quaich, editor and curator of Queer Threads.

Space is limited, RSVP required: rsvp@cafam.org


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Acid Colors: Acid Dye Workshop with Mimi Haddon
Sunday, June 4 | 1:00 –4:00pm $80 / $70 members (includes materials) 

Explore the basic techniques of working with extremely colorful acid dyes! This workshop introduces participants to layering colorful dyes on silk and dye-resist techniques such as shibori.

Advanced registration required. Click here to register or email: workshops@cafam.org


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Abstract Felt Sculptures with Lloyd Hamrol:
A CraftLab Family Workshop!
Sunday, June 11 | Drop in between 1:30 –3:30pm $7 adults / $5 children / free for members

Exhibiting artist Lloyd Hamrol leads an exciting workshop inspired by his monumental felt sculpture for the exhibition Material as Metaphor. Knot, cut, glue, and experiment with industrial felt to create a sculpture of your own to take home.


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Yarn Bombing Los Angeles Knit Graffiti Collective
Saturday, June 17 | 2:00–5:00pm Free and open to the public

Join in YBLA’s monthly meeting to find out what your local guerrilla knitters are up to, share projects you’re working on, and good conversation. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged!

More Information: www.yarnbombinglosangeles.com


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Introduction to Hand Embroidery with Jenny Hart
Saturday, June 24 | 1:00 –4:00pm $95 / $85 members (includes Sublime Stitching Ultimate Embroidery Kit) 

Join artist Jenny Hart to learn the basics of hand embroidery! For this introductory workshop, Jenny will guide participants through a variety of stitches, techniques on transferring patterns, how to stitch on difficult fabrics, along with tips and unique approaches she has developed from her years of experience.

Advanced registration required. Click here to register or email: workshops@cafam.org


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Keepin’ It Clean: A Conversation with Betye Saar & Steve Nelson
Sunday, June 25 | 3:00pm | Free with admission

Iconic artist Betye Saar is joined by Steven Nelson, director of the UCLA African Studies Center, for a special afternoon discussing her art practice and its enduring relevance, including the significance of her washboard sculptures on view in Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean.

Space is limited, RSVP required: rsvp@cafam.org


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Join us every month for:

Craft Night

First Thursday nights from 7:00pm-9pm

CraftLab Workshops

For the whole family on the second Sunday from 1:30-3:30pm