The Tiny Art Cabin Weekend, which took place at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton in early February, was anything but a small experience. More than 40 people came together for the workshop with expert designer and micro-builder Deek Diedricksen of Stoughton, to build two tiny art cabins and truly understand the old adage of less is more. The cabins are designed to be “relax shacks” where owners can find creative inspiration for anything from writing and painting, to simply reading.
“The day was like a barn raising; people were creating something beautiful and understanding architecture as art,” describes Titilayo Ngwenya, director of communications at Fuller Craft Museum. “There were attendees of all types – mothers and sons, fathers and daughters, people with no building experience – all working together, sawing, building and learning about each other.”
Ngwenya feels a large part of the magic created at the workshop can be attributed to Diedricksen’s unique personality. “Being a student of his is special,” she says. “He opens up this world of do-it-yourself carpentry and makes the technical aspects accessible to everyone. He also shares about the aesthetics and function while building, which was invaluable to the participants.”
Not only was Diedricksen’s expertise interesting to the attendees, but it is also in line with the museum’s mission, which aims to introduce people to the practice of how and why people make things. “People are often fascinated by the way artwork looks, but we try to bring them together and closer with the artist, “says Ngwenya. “We want them to understand the how and the why behind the process. In this world of technology, learning contemporary craft values is important.” One of the tiny art cabins built during the workshop is currently being raffled off to the public. For more information and to enter to win, visit fullercraft.org. — Courtney Raymond