On Saturday, November 15, 2014, Assemble’s Saturday Crafternoons program worked with local artist, J Malls (Jason Molyneaux), by learning about vinyl records and cover art inspired by Garfield native and Peabody alum, Mozelle Thompson.

First, J Malls used his record player to explain the history of vinyl records and show the kids how vinyl technology progressed. Then, they used black Sharpies, pastels, watercolors, and even the laser cutter to design their own album covers. Before they left for the afternoon, each participant was given their own 45 record to be stored in their album sleeve!

Malls recently released a publication devoted to the album art and personal history of Thompson. Born in the Hill District in 1926, Mozelle Thompson and his family moved to Garfield. He attended Peabody High School, where he was voted the leader of Advanced Art class in 1944.

Throughout his life, he curated window displays, created fashion ads, and designed magazine and album covers in abundance. In Malls’ publication, the documentation of Thompson’s album art discography spans from 1953 to 1970. It is clear that Thompson left an irreplaceable imprint in the art and design spheres.

We are so glad we had the opportunity to learn from J Malls about vinyl records and the impact Thompson had on their cover designs!


To learn more about Mozelle Thompson, please visit the exhibit at Most Wanted Fine Art (5015 Penn Avenue in Garfield) on November 23rd, 29th, and 30th between 12 and 6 pm.

For more information about Saturday Crafternoons, click here!

Blog post written by Rebecca Sufrin, one of Assemble’s Repair the World Fellows.

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