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The Doorway Effect: Techniques for Enclosing Space and Memory with Sarah Marriage

January 18, 2020 - January 19, 2020

The Doorway Effect: Techniques for Enclosing Space and Memory | Sarah Marriage at A Workshop of Our Own (WOO) | 1780 Union Ave, Baltimore, MD | Sat, Jan. 18 and Sun, Jan. 19, 2020 | 10 am – 4 pm each day



The “Doorway Effect” refers to the phenomenon of forgetting things after walking through a doorway into a different room. Psychologists suggest it is a result of how we compartmentalize things in our brain.

“Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away.” –University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky.

In this masterclass, the doorways we build, and the spaces we enclose, will be too small for us to occupy or walkthrough physically. Our exploration of the Doorway Effect will focus on the idea of compartmentalizing memories, and how objects–and the way we contain them and access them–relate to how we recall memories.

In this fast-paced class, students will build one cabinet or box, with at least one door. Together we will explore methods for hanging doors, sliding doors, and tambour doors (rolling doors). A combination of hand tools and machines will be used.

Info for students: all tools and materials are included. If students have their own favorite hand tools, they are welcome to bring them along.

Sarah Marriage lives and works in Baltimore, MD, where she is the founder and director of A Workshop of Our Own, a non-profit educational woodshop created by and for women and gender non-conforming individuals, with a mission to provide training, advocacy and opportunity for people underrepresented by gender in the field of furniture making and woodworking. Sarah studied architecture at Princeton University and fine woodworking at The College of the Redwoods (now The Krenov School). She is a member of the board of trustees of The Furniture Society. She has been a visiting artist at Herron School of Art & Design, a studio fellow at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, and a John D Mineck furniture fellow. She has taught at The Krenov School, Penland School of Craft, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Sarah’s work has shown at galleries and trade shows across the US, including Dwell on Design (CA), ICFF (NY), the American Craft Council Show (MD), and Pritam & Eames Gallery (NY).

A Workshop of Our Own (WOO, for short), based in Baltimore, MD, is a supportive woodshop and educational space run by and for women and non-binary craftspeople. WOO offers short and long-form workshops in woodworking and furniture making, rentable studio space, and open shop hours. The 6400 sq ft woodshop opened its doors in April 2017, with a mission to train and support people of underrepresented genders in the field of professional woodworking. In its first two years, WOO instructors have taught more than 500 students, and the WOO community comprises over 70 active members.

The Center for Art in Wood is a non-profit museum located in Philadelphia that interprets, nurtures and champions creative
engagement and expansion of art, craft and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation.

All materials are included in the cost of the workshop.

Cancelation Policy
Cancelations of a workshop must be made by email. The Center will offer a full refund if notice is given at least 30 days before the workshop. Refunds will not be given after that date.

The Center for Art in Wood reserves the right to cancel a workshop due to severe weather or unforeseen circumstances. Participants will be notified in advance and offered a full refund.

For questions contact Katie Sorenson, Community Engagement Manager at [email protected] or 215-923-8000 ext 103.



January 18, 2020
January 19, 2020
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A Workshop of Our Own
1780 Union Ave
Baltimore, MD 21211 United States
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