Past Malden Event: VOL 1

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Ancient Tales Newly Told

@ VOL 1 ON SEP 21, 2018

Writing a novel based on an existing text may seem like a shortcut, but the road to noveldom can still be filled with potholes and speed bumps. Jason has written two novels—one based on a 17th-century English folk ballad and one based on a Biblical story. In order to make them feel both compelling and authentic to modern audiences, he had to do extensive research, ask and answer many questions, and invent new characters and subplots to flesh out these ancient tales to book-length form. His presentation, Ancient Tales Newly Told, will take the audience inside his process of breathing fresh life into old stories.

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Victorian Era Quilt Returns to Melrose

@ VOL 1 ON SEP 21, 2018

A curious connector, Alanna Nelson catches a wave when life brings it. Her marketing efforts and fiber art share this gusto. Discover “Stitched Connections: Clues from a quilt in Melrose” during December 2018, a project partially funded by the Melrose Cultural Council and Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts.

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Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?

@ VOL 1 ON SEP 21, 2018

Cynthia Becker is a sixth generation New Orleanian, born and raised there. When she left New Orleans to attend graduate school in the 2000s, she realized for the first time that she grew up in a unique city. New Orleans is not only Bourbon Street, spicy food, Mardi Gras beads, and jazz is much more. She will talk about the city through the eyes of a local.

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Seeking Art Discovering Science

@ VOL 1 ON SEP 21, 2018

Grace Julian Murthy has a BFA and MA degree in Graphic Design. Her work is influenced by pop art. In this talk she illustrates that inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. She believes that art exists all around us and all it takes to be appreciated is a closer look.

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Politics & Fashion: A History & Commentary

@ VOL 1 ON SEP 21, 2018

The history of fashion is extensive and its implications on a society are enormous. In this presentation, we will be focusing not on the artistic and cultural aspect of fashion history, but on its ties to politics. We will be briefly analyzing gender and class through the lens of fashion history in attempt to answer one central question: What does fashion say about who we are in perspective to our society? Does it say anything at all?

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Flowing Stillness of Bog Bodies

@ VOL 1 ON SEP 21, 2018

The paintings Lidija Vukovic creates are shaped by the idea of Bog bodies, the ancient human remains that have been long preserved and discovered in Bog’s wetlands in Northern Europe, Great Britain and Ireland. She also integrates her experience with three-dimensional artwork. Through her work she seeks to connect the human body and memories, to represent the organic world as emotions still living within grass and branches. These emotions scream to be noticed and never forgotten. Nature shows the short life spans of living beings. But the dynamic existence of every shape connects us to the memory of these beings.

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Shona Sculpture from Zimbabwe

@ VOL 1 ON SEP 21, 2018

Rosemary Chimbganda is an expert and seller of the Shona sculpture from her native Zimbabwe. These sought after works, made with over 250 types of stone, are carefully carved by Shona artisans, carrying on a culturally rich tradition of artistry. In this talk she will introduce some of the sculptors of these works with pictures from her most recent trip to Zimbabwe.

Grace Julian Murthy
Artist/ Graphic Designer , Consultant in Malden
Jason M. Rubin
Copywriter, journalist, & novelist, Libretto Inc. in Malden
Cynthia Becker
Professor, Boston University in Malden
Jenny Chen
High School Student & Fashion Maven in Malden
Alanna Nelson
Content Marketer & Fiber Artist, Studio il Punto in Melrose
Rosemary Chimbganda
cultural entrepreneur in Chelsea, MA
Lidija Vukovic
Teacher, Revere Public Schools in Andover