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‘Les Pom Poms for Paris!’ Open Studio Sale Fundraiser and Pom-Pom making workshop!

April 12, SAT, 12-6pm
April 13, SUN, 2-6pm

At: The Silver Studio

5264 39th Ave. S. Seattle , Wa. 98118

Come in the Big Silver Doors! Please park across the street.


Join me in my studio for a sale of photographs and neck-pieces, tote bags and catalogs. And stay to make yourself a few pom-pom accessories using my stash of hundreds of skeins of yarn. For a $5, $10 or $20 donation (your choice), I will teach you to make a richly textured pom-pom wristlet or headband or neckpiece.

If you don’t want to make one, I can make you your own bespoke pom-pom!

Also there will be wine, tea and treats!

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I’m raising money to fund my recent project in Paris and a residency in Normandy. Wait…didn’t I already raise money for this? Yes! I spent this past winter teaching and fundraising, but about a week before we left my house and studio was broken into and robbed. Thankfully no one was hurt, and luckily we had insurance. But my car keys were stolen, among other things and the insurance refused to pay to have my car re-keyed. The cost was the same amount I had raised for the trip to Paris, $1200. This unexpected unfortunate event meant all my money was gone before I left, and with the $1000 deductible it has left me scrambling financially. So when times are hard, MAKE POM-POMS!

All of my works will be at studio prices, very affordable, with smaller framed works and older pieces an additional 50% off. I’ll also be having a 40% sale on all my prints available to order these two days from me in the studio and available to pick up in 2 weeks. I’ll also have some new larger unframed prints from Iceland, beautiful sewn paper photo collages and many fiber neck pieces.


If you can’t come and still want to donate to get a pom-pom, donate right here, and tell me what color pom-pom you want.

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I can ship you pom-pom for an additional $5 or you can pick it up at my studio. Don’t need a pom-pom, or print, or tote or catalog and still want to help out? I’ve had several friends offer to help out but don’t want anything; You can use this donate button as well, but just message that you don’t want a pom-pom. I would be so grateful!

Get your own Pom-Pom wrist-let!  Make your own or have me make one!

Get your own Pom-Pom wrist-let! Make your own or have me make one!

 

I had an incredible time in Paris, and was able to share my installation and performance with an entirely new European audience, including a well-attended press preview and even the mayor! I also had the chance to create a new costume in Normandy and have several photo shoots and many films to work with these coming months, as I prepare to show them at The Hudson River Museum this summer. Any amount you can contribute will help me fund this work, and important exposure for it.

Our performance and installation at Le Beffroi in Montrouge, Paris

Our performance and installation at Le Beffroi in Montrouge, Paris


The 10 day residency in Normandy also provided the time for my husband, artist Paul Margolis, to begin a new crocheted suit, and continue working on his photo project “Invincibility/Invisibility Suit”, which has traveled to Iceland, Italy and now France. You’ll be supporting both our works! Prints of the Invincibility/Invisibility Suit will be available as well.

Come find a great piece of art and have some fun hanging out in the studio with me.

I accept cash and credit card (and a check if I know you!)

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pom-pom headband, Come make your own!

pom-pom headband, Come make your own!

pom-pom necklace, Come make your own!

pom-pom necklace, Come make your own!

STUDIO SALE Open House and Paris Fundraiser! 12/21-12/22

I have some really exciting news that has me scrambling in ‘make-it-work’ mode!  I have been invited to install my latest installation “Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever” in Paris, to recreate my installation/performance at the Le Beffroi Cultural Center, in February, 2014!  This installation premiered in October at Arte&Arte’s Eros exhibition, an international fiber installation exhibition held in the 17th century Villa Olmo on the banks of Lake Como, Italy.  I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working again with Arte&Arte, and sharing my work with yet another international audience.  But I have to come up with the funds to do this, including the dire need to raise funds for airfare and lodging for 3 performers(including myself)!  I also have on the farther horizon in March 2014, the cost of shipping my crates back to the US.  SO any help from those that support what I do is invaluable!

EML_ceiling_300So, Please join me at my studio this weekend to kick off the fundraising for an Open House and Studio Sale of more than a decade of artwork, priced at below studio prices (i.e. less than half of purchasing in a gallery)!

Come hang out and have treats, wine, hot tea and cozy candle light (it’s the Solstice, my favorite day!)

Time: 12/21 SAT from 12 – 6pm
          12/22 SUN from 1 -6pm

AND after that, BY APPOINTMENT until January 4th, 2014, prices stay low!
Just contact me to set up a meeting.

AT:  My studio, the Silver Studio in Columbia City, contact me for an appt.

I have more than 30 professionally framed artist proofs of my photographs for purchase, in a wide range of sizes and prices.
As well as all images are available to order in three different sizes, in limited editions of 25, at discounted pricing from my online print shop, if you order them in person.

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Framed artist proof of this work with be available in a wood frame with black linen matte

I also have done a huge studio and deep-storage clean-out and have unearthed many many “vintage Mandy Greer” pieces available – works that are about 10 years old – at incredibly low prices. Fiber wall sculptures, sculptures, collages, drawings of larger works.

I’ll also have books, and large woven blankets, elaborate neck pieces, hand-knit elaborate and simple cowls, pom-pom necklaces and wrist-let accessories! Something for all….for gifts, for yourself.

..if you enjoy, love, respect what I do, please consider investing in it and living with it!

HOW ELSE CAN YOU HELP: Many friends have asked how they could help if they don’t want to buy something, if I was going to do a Kickstarter. I’m not this time, for a variety of reasons. If you want to donate to this Italian-Franco project of mine, I would be utterly grateful for any amount!

I’ll have a big donation jar at the Open House, and with any amount donated ($1 or $10 or $100), I’ll make you a pom-pom wristlet or necklace in your choice of color! Poms will be available at my studio in March, when I return.

pomgiveawayAnother way to help is to join, like and share this event on Facebook!  I’ll continue to post preview images on Facebook, so follow me if you’d like to keep up.

If you can’t attend but still want to donate any amount for a Pom-Pom accessory in the color of your choice, you can do that with this link! email me your color.donate button
THANK YOU SEATTLE for the support, and nurturing place to grow as an artist! I’ve been working hard here since 1999 (…unreal!) I am trying to share what I do with the rest of the world, show them what we do out here between the mountains and the sea! And I still need your help and support to make this happen!  Please join me for some warmth and beautiful things at my studio this weekend!

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“Stitchery” at SAM Gallery extended till September 1st.

Stitchery PostcardCurrently showing, I have several photographs and a window installation of costumes up at the SAM Gallery as part of their ‘Stitchery’ show, a companion show to SAM’s “Future Beauty”exhibition .  Apparently ‘Stitchery’  has been so well received it has been extended until September 1st!  There is so much good stuff, delicious quilts by Joey Veltkamp, and some pretty spectacular graphic minimal but decedent knitted pieces by Paul Komada.  And everybody’s favorite, stitched silk yo-yos!  I’ve been stitching those up since I was a kid!

Anyhow, please stop by!  Several of my photographs from Iceland have rarely been seen in public, and I was thrilled to be able to share them!

18. torent_GREER12.Stone_Mother_GREER5MB-two face twin flamed hecate 5MB-deep fallen heart 3x4_golden templeI also have several of these photographs, as well as more from each series, currently available in 8 x 12  and 11 x 14 prints, as part of a fundraiser to raise the necessary funds I need to create and ship an installation to Como, Italy this fall.  Please check it out!

Here’s a peak at the window display of several years of my costumes.  The first shot is in my studio….best seen on site at SAM Gallery, I found a window display really difficult to document!

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studio shot before the ladies were installed…

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I call this one “Orange Cab” ….so hard to document windows!

Last day to see my work from Winter Iceland residency at LxWxH Gallery in Seattle

"Jokull Ormer Woman" 33.5” x 25”, archival ink jet photography on archival 100% rag watercolor paper, signed edition of 8, 2013, $1100

“Jokull Ormer Woman”
33.5” x 25”, archival ink jet photography on archival 100% rag watercolor paper, signed edition of 8, 2013

Today , June 29th, from 12-3pm is the last day to see “The Obsessive Unknown Origins of Grotesque Irregularity”, at LxWxH Gallery, which includes an installation of work I did during my second residency in Iceland this past January/February, supported by the 2012 Arts Innovator Award from Artists Trust/The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation.  You can read a little bit more about it over at my Solstenen Project blog, but go see the show if your are in Seattle today.

My NEPO House show images, Dec. 2012, Seattle

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Little jökull, woven fabric and crocheted yarn and fabric, stones, 2012-13

“Our Patient Day’s Allotted Span” show at NEPO House, which  was such a gratifying experience to bring some of the work began in Iceland to closure, to see friends, share my family’s work and share in the hospitality of NEPO House’s Little Treats series.  Paul loved standing on the porch serving Icelandic waffles and glogg and egg nog to everyone who arrived.

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No one asked me about the odd title…maybe my odd titles are just par for the course now.  It’s something from the very beginning of the beginning.  As I was writing the first grant proposal for this project in early 2011, trying to coax something concise from the jumble of ideas, I was reading my son my favorite book from my childhood, The Fairy Caravan by Beatrix Potter.

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And this one scene struck me in the gullet, a powerful monolog spoken by a Herdwick ewe named Belle Lingcropper, about the strength and tenacity of the sheep, as well as the transitory nature of our time here.  She says

” What though the hailstorms sweep the fell in winter–through tempest, frost, or heat–we live our patient day’s allotted span.”

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Cave Father, archival ink jet photograph

Both the wisp of legacy and transience, from the mouth of sheep (but of course Miss Potter really).  For  awhile I have been fixated and inspired how Beatrix Potter managed to craft a life for herself as a woman writer of her time, as well a attain a certain independence and ultimately to use her own earned money to become a major conservationist of land, of a way of life, and the Herdwick sheep breed.  She used her patient day’s allotted span well, and I aim to do the same, somehow.

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Anyhow, aside from my admiration for her ability to  make a living as an artist, jumping over hurdles, I’m sure, I have never had to deal with — her ewe’s speech seemed to draw me to a place in my mind, not Britian, but to a fantasy of Iceland where things would play out, questions would be met with answers on the wind and stone, if only for a brief time.

See a full selection of images here

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But that brief time was wedged in the legacy of the maker, the creator, the individual who has crafted their life’s work from the the air, the land, the water and all that comes with it.  My collaborators –my son, my husband — we went on that part of our journey together, a different but interrelated meaning for all of us.  Something lasting for all of us, but the geologic text written on the small island of Iceland loomed in my mind as a different time table than our own brief human span.

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And Potter’s imagining of the mind of her dear Herdwicks seemed to speak of a pride of one’s place in a long span of time, not just what we experience.  I thought the working title would shed itself — and for a while I didn’t think of it all — but once this grouping of work was done, it still seemed to work.

You can also see some of my films from the project here: Films!

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Here’s the entirety of little Belle the ewe’s speech.  I was startled by the tenderness I felt for the Icelandic sheep we would encounter, their soft eyes and the intense soft warmness they seemed to radiate in the harsh rocky landscape.  I always imagined them saying this…

Cool is the air above the craggy summit. Clear is the water of the mountain keld. Green grows the grass in droughty days beneath the brackens! What though the hailstorms sweep the fell in winter–through tempest, frost, or heat–we live our patient day’s allotted span.

Wild and free as when the stone-men told our puzzled early numbers; untamed as when the Norsemen named our grassings in their stride. Our little feet had ridged the slopes before the passing Romans. On through the fleeting centuries, when fresh blood came from Iceland, Spain, or Scotland–stubborn, unchanged, UNBEATEN–we have held the stony waste.

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Icelandic blueberry, mushroom, bones wallpaper

My Solstenen films screened at “Latent Liminal Improbable Exuberance” : Film night at Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater in Seattle

This past fall I did a series of residencies in Iceland over the course of 5 weeks, as part of my on-going Solstenen Project.  I’ve been blogging about it here, and will continue to do so as I return to Iceland in two weeks for another month or work, research and journey.  But I have completed some work from Iceland, films, sculpture and photographs, first a showing at NEPO House in December, and now a presentation of films I began in Iceland.

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I’m so giddy to be showing some of my new Solstenen Project films with some of my favorite Seattle-based artsts/filmmakers during an evening presentation at Seattle’s gorgeous Jewelbox Theater!

“Latent Liminal Improbable Exuberance : Film night with,
Gala Bent, Jennifer Zwick, Britta Johnson, Mandy Greer, Scott Kolbo and Vis-a-Vis Society at Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater,  January 9th, 2013,    7-10 pm

Something old, something new, something odd, something blue.
In-process, foundlings, archived, favorites and brand new films by an exuberant collection of artists:

Gala Bent
Jennifer Zwick
Britta Johnson
Mandy Greer
Scott Kolbo and
Vis-a-Vis Society.

Films will begin at 7pm and cycle throughout the evening until 10pm.

Drop in when you can. Delicious treats by the Rendezvous kitchen!  FREE

Film still from "My farm and Yours", Mandy Greer 2013
Film still from “My farm and Yours”, Mandy Greer 2013
2322 2nd Ave., Seattle, Washington 98121

‘Solstenen Project’ residencies were sponsored in part by grants from 4 Culture, Artist Trust and the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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Film still from Scott Kolbo
Film still from Scott Kolbo
Film still from "I shall loan you these rags", Mandy Greer 2013
Film still from “I shall loan you these rags”, Mandy Greer 2013
Film still from "Nothing to give", Mandy Greer, 2013
Film still from “Nothing to give”, Mandy Greer, 2013
Film still from "Birch Play", Mandy Greer, 2013
Film still from “Birch Play”, Mandy Greer, 2013

Cowl Making Workshops in Seattle, 11/3, 11/4

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I had such a great response to my recycled fiber giant Cowl Making Workshops at last January’s ON/OFF festival – with them selling out in a few hours — I’ve decided to offer them again in Seattle at The Silver Studio (my studio), in Columbia City.  And it’s finally cold enough to wear them!  I’ll have tea and some brunch-like snacks, you are welcome to bring something to share.  Read below the Registration to find out more about the workshops!

FOR COMPLETE BEGINNERS, really!

DATES/TIMES

- Nov. 3, SAT, 2 – 5:30 pm (2 SPACES LEFT)

- Nov. 4th, SUN, 12 – 3:30pm  (SOLD OUT)

COST: $20 per person, ONLY 11 SPACES PER CLASS

MORE CLASSES TO COME LATE NOV / EARLY DEC

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TO REGISTER:

-Choose below the day you want and click the corresponding PayPal button

-Be sure to include your contact email address and name in the “note to merchant” box if different than the email you use for Paypal, so I can send you class confirmation, material list, where to buy them, and the studio address.  If you don’t see the box, send me an email with it.

- If the class you want fills up, please email me your desired day and I will put you on the waiting list and/or notify when I hold another series of workshops.

- 48 hours before your class, workshop fee is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another person.

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NOV. 3, SAT, 2 – 5:30 pm

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NOV. 4, SUN, 12 – 3:30pm   (SOLD OUT)

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The Cowl Making workshop comes out of a a project called “Gleaning, Redeeming, Surviving and Thriving”, where I’ll be facilitating for workshop participants the process of taking discarded cheap materials, investing them with one’s time and creating an amazing wearable piece.

We’ll be investigating slow process, re-thinking use, and re-examining self-esteem via self-sufficiency rather than purchasing power.

You’ll be gathering your own materials, engaging with a site of contemporary gleaning: the bins at the Goodwill Outlet.“  The Bins” are an overwhelming striking visual scene of our contemporary way of life of intense consumption, of using goods for a very short time, discarding them before they are worn out, and the massive amount of energy spent on just what to do with this constant flow of fabric.

Our cultural critics today tell us we have moved from being people who can produce to people who only consume.  During the course of this project, step back and examine this, examine the art of ‘gleaning’ and slowly making something from the leftovers of our over-buying and over-production. Participants are asked to spend an afternoon at “The Bins” before attending the workshop, picking through the mountains of discarded fabrics, choosing about 5-8 garments made of  ‘t-shirt’ knit material.

Using handmade looms that are adaptations of a childhood craft called spool knitting — rake looms from Germany date back to 1535 -  I’ll be leading participants through the gleaning process to creating ‘yarn’ to creating a dramatic handmade wearable work,  a giant cowl scarf.

This workshop is an homage to the anonymous gleaners and artisans who continually make amazing things from the discards of our throw-away culture.

Despite the transition away from the slow process of harvesting, hand spinning, hand weaving and hand-sewing of cottage industry textile making to the mass produced textiles that so marked the age of the Industrial Revolution, a long-surviving culture of inventive hand-making of usable goods continued, particularly among the textile workers of these massive mechanized factories.   To survive, to cloth their own family, warm their own floors, to have pride in their own resourceful creativity, these workers gleaned the wool scraps and selvedge edges, the cigar wrappers, the broken buttons, the extra thread, the used burlap bags, to create remarkable works of art.

Some Happy Campers!

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Goodbye ‘American Dreamers’ in Florence, Italy…

http://www.strozzina.org/en/exhibitions/american-dreamers/

All photos by Martino Margheri courtesy of CCCS

Last week, my work arrived home from Florence Italy from the ‘American Dreamers’ show at Centro di Cultura Contemporanea at Palazzo Strozzi (affectionately, the Strozzina).  And it made me realize that I have yet to really get any sort of images up about the show on this here blog….I have just been that busy, with a giant performance/installation project that came out of nowhere, and piles of planning for a 5 week residency in Iceland, collaborating with my family.  I’ve spent that last few hours finally looking through all the images I took of this incredible adventure to Italy and thinking how lucky I am to have been invited by Bartholomew Bland, curator at The Hudson River Museum in NY, and what a privilege it was to work with all the staff at Strozzina and director Franziska Nori.

When the inimitable Mr. Bland proposed I participate in the show, he wrote

“…through the current financial crisis—a sense of social and economic safety have increasingly been put under strain.  Today the “American Dream” seems to be in crisis. Yet a sense of optimism, a capacity for creative imagination, and the willingness to believe in positive outcomes remain crucial to the American self-image.   A group of American artists of different generations reflect these impulses in their work, creating a sort of retreat from reality, a refuge in fantastical alternate worlds that are safe and, above all, controllable. These works, often realized with a subtle sense of irony or criticism towards the current society, are based on an aesthetics defined by fantasy and dream images, by fairytale creatures or images taken from the media, as well as actual parallel worlds enlarged or in miniature which refute the real world in favour of other realities, often made of splendour and success, even if just imagined.

For some artists, a fantasy world is their critique of contemporary society. Others, struggling to make sense of the real world, find it easier to create and then cope in an alternative one. A psychic break with reality or the creation of a better counter-reality becomes, for them, a form of agency.

Despite everything, everything, I cling to a sense of optimism, especially boarding a plane to Italy.  Like many American artists, I have long heard of the greater importance placed on artists’ contributions to culture in Europe, and I can attest to being treated so much more like a valued professional than I am in my own city.  Not to mention the creation of a meaty catalog I am still reading with a myriad of analyses of the American Dream mythology, and its crumbling reality (and some really stellar educational materials for young visitors!).

It has left me with still much to think about my role in this ‘dream’ mythology, how I have internalized ‘bootstrap’ fantasy and the resulting imagery in my artwork.  It wasn’t until I was interviewed at the opening that I had even articulate into words what might be ‘American’ in my work; I have never intentionally placed my work in that context. But my hunger as an artist does rely on a sense of making amazing things with what I have around me, what I have available, what is discarded, with a definite reverence for traditional craft based in survival.  There was a subtle thread of this running through the show…the sow’s ear into the silk purse, which seemed to counterbalance other dystopian currents.  I found it striking to have examined parts of myself that I hold dear to be chalked up to my American-ness, particularly because I imagine my work to be grounded in narratives and archetypes that are so much older.  But maybe that right there is the mirror being held up, the good-natured lack of self-awareness that seems to plague Americans and annoy the rest of the world.  It left me questioning a great deal.

The installation I created was a reworking and an expansion of other installations from a 3 year period, giving me the opportunity to bring to the surface other themes in installations I have already done and to see my work as a continuum rather than separate compartments.  In a very long thin gallery in the Pallazzo’s former wine cellar, with crossing masonry arches for a ceiling, I built a meandering path between two opposite states, that of a deep black lunar image and a glittering bright reflective solar experience, with a shadowing earthly pathway of greenery between, like both the cloying jungle and underwater depth of a kelp forest.

I called it “Cynosura” , which I believe is the Greek word for the North Star/Polaris, from when before the star was the pole star.  I named this pathway this because the North Star has been and still is used for Celestial Navigation, which uses both the moon and the sun to navigate around the globe.  ‘Cynosure’ is now used as a word to describe something that is constant, unchangeable, as a contrast to our fast and ephemeral human lives and concerns.  But the pole star actually shifts over time, because like us, the stars are in flux as well, just on a larger scale.  So when ‘Cynosura’ was named so, after a nymph, the star was not the pole star used as a constant, but now it is.  So even when trying to describe something as “unchangeable” we can’t seem to do it.

Cynosura seems apt for this passage experience, which presented two opposite celestial realms, and a journey through a third transitory realm. In actuality, they are not opposite but part of a greater whole celestial realm.  They are only perceived as opposites by human experience because of how we experience them traveling on our little earth.  What we perceive as transitory, the lush greenery of a single season, is actually cyclical, perpetually happening again and again, just as stars are born again and again and cycle and die as well.