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My Winter Holiday 2017 Workshop Schedule is up! There won’t be any more added dates beyond this so make your plans and sign up soon before the classes fill up!
NOV 12, SUN, 6pm – 9pm
DEC 17, SUN, 6pm – 9pm
DEC 23, SAT, 6pm – 9pm
DEC 24, SUN, 11am – 2pm
If you are interested in Upcycled Cowl, Beaded Neckpieces, Pom-Pom accessories, Felting or Headdresses — All of these are by On-Demand only, meaning I will schedule one for you if you gather a group together of 5 people, then I’ll promote to fill the rest of the class. Or you can schedule a Private Party and get a discount if you have a group of ten people. Dates are limited so don’t wait until the last minute to reserve your Private Party. Prices are on the registration page for each workshop or contact me.
It’s time for me again to open my studio, for my Fall Sale!
The Silver Studio
Oct 28th SAT 10am – 4pm
Oct 29th SUN, 10am-4pm
Art, Weaving, works on paper, Photography, fiber-based sculpture, Garlands!
And a collection of Vintage collectables, clothes and sewing materials including vintage buttons and beads, fabrics and quilts.
AND special guest Magpie Mouse Studios! Sarah will have a beautiful selection of organic metal enameled jewelry and other delights!
Cash and Credit Cards accepted.
Talk to me about a payment plans for pieces over $100! We can work something out!
Please lend your support of my studio by joining the Facebook invite and inviting people who you think will love what I do. We all can use some love, my studio included!
PARKING: Street parking is available but leave space uphill from my studio for my elderly neighbor. thanks!
Now until April 29th, I have an exhibition of work up at Gallery One in Ellensburg, Wa. called Metamorphic.
Here…let me quote myself from the Gallery One website!
Mandy Greer is a Seattle-based multidisciplinary artist who works in a symbiotic way with fiber-based installation, photography, film, performance, and social and environmental interactivity. For Metamorphic, Greer presents a collection of works from the last several years that explore the connection between the flux of our inner life and the geologic, translating the upheavals of stone, ash and magma into soft and malleable fiber that becomes a shadow of the domestic. This exhibition spans several bodies of work, and has been informed by an on-going series of residencies Greer does with her family in remote or isolated places, distilling into artworks imagery that questions assigned roles, the social and intimate projections on the family, and the boundaries between body, environment and imagination.
Greer centers mothering as a generative and artistic medium for her work, and challenges the dominant notion of the ‘solo genius artist’, rather focusing on the symbiosis within groups and defacto collectives. The maternal becomes a map for approaching social and ecological healing. Caring for and carrying children becomes a way to understand the collective body, the family as body, the body as ever-changing environment.
Transformation is central; chaos is woven into order and back into chaos. Using the physicality and metaphor of weaving, the subtle metamorphic passage of flesh and time is represented in glittering stone, erupting ash, dust, animal and flesh again. Greer transforms the detritus of our contemporary textile waste stream into timeless, elegant and raw conglomerations of inscrutable nature and the underbelly of human ceremonial imagination. By reclaiming the cast-offs of ‘fast fashion’ and reinvesting the material with painstaking hand-work, we are invited to enquiry on how value and meaning are ascribed, erased and altered.
Needles and Thread at Gallery One
This show also coincides with another show that I juried, called Needles and Thread, a national juried fiber show that I feel quite proud of! Many tender and strong artworks, so please visit if you are in Eastern Washington.
AND I will be traveling to Ellensburg on April 22nd, to do a Wall Weaving Basics Workshop at Gallery One. I’ll be featuring a sampling of Icelandic yarns from local farm Green Bow Farm. I just heard that it is sold out (yea!) but if you are interested, please contact them anyway and get on a wait list. Or you can encourage them to invite me out again!
11:00AM – 5:00PM
408 North Pearl Street, Ellensburg WA 98926
Green Bow Farm visit, in Ellensburg, Wa.
I also wanted to share some pictures of just a really happy day! When I drove my work out to Ellensburg, I was able to stop by and meet Farmer Christina of Green Bow Farm! I adore all their products; in Seattle you can meet them at the West Seattle Farmers Market, as well get their incredible eggs at The London Plane.
Anyhow…my real goal was to meet George Costanza! One of the charming Icelandics in GBF’s flock who is Instafamous!
And I did! The sheep were all sheared, so not as photogenic but definitely comfortable, but follow GBF on Instagram at @greenbowfarm for some truly lovely pictures of farm life, especially now during the lambing season.
Farmer Christina took time out of her busy day to show me around their new farm, a huge project restoring an old family farm back to its natural functionality. The snow was just beginning to really melt, so the land was like a sponge; dried dormant plants beginning to soak in huge water flows.
I am thrilled to get to use their yarn!
Friday, October 7th
Performance 6-8pm, with light refreshments
Audience members are free to come and go anytime between 6-8pm, participate, touch, or just watch. Performance space is limited to 25 people at a time but free movement and wandering in and out of the space are welcome. “The Neddy Artist Awards: 20 Years” Exhibition will be open, as well. All ages. Free. Presented by Cornish College of the Arts.
An installation of ceremonial bread and sweets will be offered by Fallow Collective.
Multi-media artist Mandy Greer presents an aggregation of durational performance, participatory fiber-based installation and knowledge sharing, inviting you into an experience that upends the hierarchy of audience and artist. Using the physicality and metaphor of weaving, all who touch and twist fiber are intertwined in the subtle metamorphic passage of flesh into glittering stone, erupting ash, dust, animal and flesh again. Greer transforms the detritus of our contemporary textile waste stream into timeless, elegant and raw conglomerations of inscrutable nature and the underbelly of human ceremonial imagination. By reclaiming the cast-offs of ‘fast fashion’ and reinvesting the material with painstaking hand-work, we are invited to enquiry on how value and meaning are ascribed, erased and altered.
Participatory installation by Mandy Greer
Choreography and direction by Lorraine Lau and Mandy Greer
Performed by Lorraine Lau
with Berit Astley, Mandy Greer, Paul Margolis, and Hazel Margolis
Sound by Mandy Greer and Hazel Margolis
We are all both monster and ocean, soft blanket and hard stone, ridged endurance and tender ripple. The lightest touch that lasts beyond time. To survive, we must weave ourselves into the lives of others. We are all melting back into the universe from where we came. We are all in this together. Hands working together build not just a fabric of reality, but invisible potent emotional ties. Layers of time become a text that only fingers can read, ash and dust transfigured into line. Nothing is stable, not even the ground beneath feet, as unseen forces bend, melt, shift, make and remake. Ties to this life are tied and untied. Love is such magma, pulsing and crushing twisted layers that rise and fall, blending one into another. Smooth stone washed, hardened scarred lines and silver stretches become who we are. Out of chaos, weaving is about two opposing forces that balance to create something stable, functional, vital. Without the tension and subtle force on thread, all would fall apart. You can trace a thread through time, touch made into protection, cloth into refuge, and sensation the mediator of the fragile body. Thread, a line, a narrative of human invention strung together. An asking, a hiding. We are all both monster and ocean.
‘The Metamorph’ is formed from giant garments and weavings influenced by how the geologic record hidden below our feet becomes a text recording the every-changing passage of matter through time. Ground seems solid to human perception, but it is not. This disconnect mimics our own human sense of time, where upheavals and traumas become hidden or revealed in the body, where layers upon layers of healing and psychic scarring through time make up who we are. The body and geologic time move through tumult, stillness, destruction, age and rebirth. Throughout human cultural production, weaving has been used to describe the way we construct space and time, making order from chaos. The free, non goal-oriented weaving process of this experiential installation allows all hands to record the layers of time spent with The Metamorph as she moves through the passages of transfiguration.
image film stills by Dylan Ward
Fallow Collective presents the second edition of ‘Bonds’, an in-city family residency that will take place in a series of public leisure sites around Seattle this summer.
Join in this performance of ‘Bonds’ on a picnic blanket in Volunteer Park. You will find us in a small grassy field, just west of the Seward statue, in front of the Conservatory. 1402 E Galer St, Seattle, Washington 98112. From 5pm – 8:15pm (sunset)
This edition of Bonds falls on the full moon, and also on the 12th anniversary of when one Fallow Collective member began feeding another Fallow Collective member (….my milk came in, after giving birth two days before). To celebrate the cycles of fertility we ALL were born of and our connection to this celestial orb, we’ll be offering you ‘moon bread’ and red velvet cake!
To give back to the cycles of fertility, we are asking you to bring menstrual supplies that will be donated to All Cycles, an outreach project that provides support for menstruating folks who are homeless. http://allcycles.org/
The work doesn’t get done without you.
Help create weavings on the bodies of Fallow Collective artists.
We’ll have additional circle weavings set up so you can put on your own fingers to see what it’s like. It’s wonderful.
Feed yourself with Fallow Collective home-made bread and experimental desserts.
Feed us while our hands are tied up in the mode of production.
Experience the pleasure of making, giving and receiving, in a no-goal, no-skill, no-judgement framework bolstered by the energy of hands in motion together.
Bread, Fruit, Flowers, Desserts, Risk, Vulnerability, Companionship and Touch will be available on the picnic blanket from about 5-8:15pm (at sunset). All are welcome, All ages. You are welcome to bring your own blanket, and things to share. Come rest with us, linger, pass the time, make, eat.
What is Fallow Collective?
Fallow Collective places itself at odds with the dominate narrative of the art world for the maternal artist, that residencies = no children allowed, that children are a distraction, that studio time = ignoring your child.
Fallow Collective chips away at the frustrations that the maternal artist must choose between studio time or having friends, must choose between studio time or spending time with your partner and family, choose between childcare costs and participating in cultural events, choose between drinking with other artists or being alert to care for children. Fallow Collective rejects that the maternal desire to be near your child is at odds with studio practice, that maternal desire is only of importance/of consequence to a maternal audience and that care-taking is of little value to the art world unless done by a man…..all this we aim to resist even as we acknowledge the times it feels true. We aspire to a shift. A shift where the maternal is not hidden behind an artist identity, a shift where the artist mother is visible, is not swallowed whole by the dominant culture’s notion of what the maternal should be.
Visibility is a political position. Fallow is what happens when ‘production’ slows , but health and fertility returns. The Un-health of market capitalism only views the artist as ‘productive’ when they are churning out luxury goods to be bought and sold on a rarefied market.
Fallow Collective takes its cue from a lineage of relational and maternal aesthetics. Not presenting a fantasy or imagined vision of reality, but an actual mode of living and plan for taking action within the world as it is, even on the smallest scale of a social picnic. Rather than viewer and object, meaning is held and passed between all parties involved collectively.
Who is Fallow Collective?
Fallow Collective is an incubator and laboratory of an inter-generational core group of artists consisting of Mandy Greer, Hazel Margolis and Paul Margolis, who together –thicker than water and thicker than thieves– create installation, performance and media works. Primarily generating works through an on-going series of ‘family-in-residence’ projects, both independently generated and supported by traditional residency programs, Fallow Collective challenges and upends the arbitrary boundaries between art-making, leisure, care-taking, family and exploration.
SAT JAN 23rd, 7-9pm
Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121
‘Before You Were Born and After You Are Gone’
The first in the series of Art Encounters at the Park – SAM Olympic Sculpture Park Winter Weekends
Event is free and open to the multi-generational public.
RSVPs requested: visitsam.org/winter
Mandy Greer and Alice Gosti join together to dip into their already flowing works-in-progress to offer a forum for play, experimentation and connection -reinforcing communal bonds, that in uncertain times seem tenuous, but like love, must be activated to remain strong.
Immerse yourself in the flux of works being built around you, your hands joining others in the present moment. This evening event is an aggregation of durational performance and multi-media immersive installation, workshop and laboratory, exploration and game; where teaching becomes ritualized movement and making as choreography. Play becomes research that upends the hierarchy of audience and artist, adult and child.
A multi-generational performance company of professional and non-professional performers guide you through a labyrinth of cyclical and gentle prompts, tasks, connections and gift exchanges based on ritual childhood games, craft projects, and childlike urges. Through this, learning and teaching others becomes a way to test our ability to open to others around us, and the physicality of handwork accesses the immediacy of the communal instinct.
Set against an abstracted environment of mountain and sea, that seeming permanence is rendered in the soft contours of raw fibers reclaimed from the domestic sphere. The hard rock and crashing waves become both a metaphor for our inner world, familial tensions and release, and the site of social and political flux and upheaval.
Both artists meet at the desire to examine the physical and psychological weight of the connections we have and need with other living beings. The threads that bind us to each other in responsibility are represented by the weight of the child in society, either abandoned or carried by all.
Through carried weight, this project functions as a reminder that the human community has always been on the move, that burdens have always been shouldered as humans have thrown their fragile bodies to the mercy of the natural world, crossing sea and land passes to seek peace and a way to just live. And how we choose to care or not care for each other is one of the heaviest burdens we bear.
Greer and Gosti both work to make the invisible visible, through both political and poetic metaphor, whether it be the buried inner life or putting front and center the experiences of those pushed to the margins. Join us and immerse yourself in exploring the invisible and mysterious bonds of being human.
**EDIT** The studio sale is over but my work remains up until Friday Dec. 18. Contact me to make a private appointment to shop what remains!
It is time again for my annual Winter Studio Sale, and like last year, I’ve invited a few other fellow makers of beautiful and strange handmade art objects, goods and wearables to join me.
Fiber art, hand-dyed clothing, copper jewelry , raw crystal jewelry, vintage-crafted accessories, art prints and cards
DEC 12 SAT, 11am – 5pm
DEC 13 SUN, 11am – 3pm
The Silver Studio
Mandy Greer’s Columbia City fiber art studio
Enter the studio using the large silver doors on the LEFT Front of the building.
-I’ll have a selection of fiber-based sculptural wall pieces, weavings, wearables, and framed and unframed photographs at studio prices, as well as cards and catalogs. http://mandygreer.org/
-Izzie Klingles will be bringing Izvald: Hand Dyed Indigo repurposed garments, as well as a number of prints and original artworks. https://www.etsy.com/shop/Isvald
-Wyly Astley will be bringing wearable and collectable offerings in wool, sterling, copper, wax and more. Wyly appreciates the juxtaposition of rough and refined which is reflected in both her jewelry and textile designs. http://wylyastley.com/
-Kate Ryan will be bringing Jakku House Sacred Accessories: Jewelry made with vintage chains and raw cleansed and blessed crystals, as well as accessories made from vintage millenary, sculls and other fascinations. https://www.etsy.com/shop/JakkuHouse
-Anna Lord will be bringing soft, zippered bags made from reclaimed and vintage fabrics, with thrifted zippers, just right for carrying cosmetics, toiletries and paintbrushes Anna will also have 57 small works on paper, intricate ink drawings that reflect the tiny world that she produced from weekly drawings done during a two-hour window carved out from her first baby’s first year.
CASH AND CREDIT CARD ONLY, sales handled by individual artists
Wine, tea, treats and HYGGE!
Street Parking available, but please avoid parking in front of the house uphill from my studio. My elder neighbor needs access in case of an emergency. Respect your elders!
At the Red and White Fence
EDIT: Find all current scheduled workshops HERE
We are innately drawn to the charms of weaving, evocative of so many rich metaphors –bring disparate parts into a whole, interlacing of ideas, the inter-dependency of the communal. It’s a human technology that has been around for 27,000 years –even before agriculture- and still captivates us. In the ancient Greek mind, weaving was linked to singing and storytelling, which makes sense when you sit at a loom, the strings not unlike the strings of a lyre. It is an archetypal coming together of human necessity and creative expression, and represents the cosmos in many cultures, infinitely expanding order out of chaos. For Homer, it represented intellectual activity, and the subversive way women claimed agency and legacy. Weaving goddesses ensnare and trap, measuring out the fiber of being.
Let’s weave together.
The woven wall hangings so popular today are a throw-back to my own youth of the 70’s. But sitting at a loom for a devoted period of time seems to kick up ancient memories. Weaving was my gateway drug to fiber arts, when I was 8 years old and had the chance to weave on large 19th century looms in the attic of an old Girls Scout lodge in Virginia. I felt something mysterious had been revealed to me.
Since then, I’ve longed to have my own loom, but been daunted by the cost and space. Yet people around the world have created weaves on the slightest of looms, and I challenged myself to create a communal experience making this practice easy for anyone.
I’ve broken it down into simple steps that I can teach to any beginner, but will guide students to make a complex and rich work with plain weave, sumac stitch, basket weave, poofs, tufts and angles. We’ll work on easily-built basic looms and you’ll get instruction on how to build your own low-cost, low-tool loom at home. Come join in the warm studio atmosphere, with tea and snacks, and conversation with others in the class as you create. This is a 5-hour class, we’ll take a short lunch break at noon, so bring a sack lunch. I’ll have homemade muffins and hot chocolate. Don’t wait to the last minute to register! Classes are cancelled a week before, if registration isn’t met.
MATERIALS: I have some incredible luxurious and organic materials for you! I have acquired a HUGE lot of samples from a Tibetan rug making company, with 100’s of colors in earth tones and jewel tones, and we’ll reclaim this amazing hand-spun and dyed wool to create our tufts, fringes and weaves. The yarn is not overly processed and still has some lanolin in it, and has a natural character to it. I also have many many skeins of natural colors of wool in Icelandic and unprocessed Merino wools, as well as many colors of roving, natural jute-type fibers and reclaim cotton knit. All tools provided.
DATES/TIMES: CLICK ON DATE TO REGISTER WITH PAYPAL
EDIT: This post is from 2015: Find all current scheduled workshops HERE
ON-DEMAND WORKSHOPS: Don’t see a date you can do? Get four friends together and I will schedule a workshop that works for your schedule on most days. Then I’ll promote to fill the class. Have 6 or more friends? Schedule a private party and get a big discount.
COST: $70 per person, ONLY 10 SPACES PER CLASS.
You must pre-register and an Informational Email will be sent to you approximately 7 days before the class. Classes need 5 people minimum to run. So spread the word to friends! In the past, I have run classes under-enrolled, but can longer afford to do that. If you want to have your class run, you need to invite friends along! You will be notified 7 days before class if it is canceled, and a refund will be issued.
Not eligible for the 3-class $90 discount package. If you have purchased a package, you can apply $30 to this class fee.
AGE/ABILITY: Great for beginning weavers! You can do this! It just takes dedication. For adult learners, and children 12 and up who have an interest in weaving, and ability to focus for 5 hours are welcome to attend alone.
WHERE: At The Silver Studio in Columbia City, Seattle (my studio)
WHEN YOU REGISTER:
-Be sure your contact email address with Paypal is correct. That is where I send the “Informational Email” (class confirmation, material list, where to buy them, and the studio address). If you want a different email used, contact me.
– 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.
– One week before your class, workshop fee is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another person.
Private Parties: Weaving Private Parties are available in my studio only. Up to 10 people for 5 hrs, for $500, plus a material fee of $10 per person. Contact me for availability
GIFT CERTIFICATES: Give studio time as a gift!
I’m raising funds to make possible a project – a research residency and interactive environmental installation — that I have been invited to do at Dai Bosatsu Zendo, a Rinzai Zen Buddhist Monastery community on an isolated 1400 acres, high in the Catskill Mountains Forest Preserve in NY.
This very unique experience offered to me and my work came about because Dai Bosatsu Zendo community members experienced my work at my solo show at The Hudson River Museum last year in Yonkers, NY, and felt like the land they inhabit has something to offer me as a place to explore and interpret through my work. They have invited me to spend two weeks in August at the Monastery engaging with the natural world and their community through personal artistic research and through creating a fiber-based environmental installation in the land, in collaboration with my partner artist Paul Margolis and our son.
In several of the aged maple, birch and oak trees we’ll be creating a lacy cavern of grays and silvers – inspired by a memory of a tiny dome-shaped cave called Sönghellir we visited while on residency in Iceland with our family–made of shredded old clothes and wool yarn acquired from small, ethical sheep farms both in Washington and the Catskills region of NY.
The installation will also function as an interactive site for repose and handwork activities I’ll guide, providing a welcoming threshold for visitors for DBZ Family Weekend and the wider Catskills Mountain community on DBZ’s Open House on August 21-23.
Your support for this residency will also fund a much larger project, as this installation called ‘Woolgathering’ will become part of a large-form immersive exhibition premiering in 2016, of installations and performances that ask questions about the human need to make ‘home’, not just as shelter from the elements, but more specifically as ‘sanctuary’ or ‘refuge’.
The ‘Woolgathering” project will also be happening at Seattle Art Museum’s Sculpture Park on July 18th as part of their Eco Day activities, so Seattle-area people can also join in the making of the lacy cavern!
Incentives to donate!
I’m offering many perks for those who care to donate: workshops, cards, books, but I am most excited about making you something.
To fund this project I want to engage with you on a very personal intimate level, to create for you a one of a kind artwork rendered in fabric. Unlike other crowdsource funding campaigns, I want to avoid offering cheaply-made trinkets as incentives. It really is counter to what I do, to create such waste.
My larger project –that this residency supports –is about investigating how we make ‘home’, and one aspect that fascinates me is how the bed becomes the access to our dreamworld subconscious. So to support this residency, I offer sewn artworks that are actually quilted pillows that you use as prompts to explore your own dreamworld. We’ll begin with a questionnaire that prompts you to express thoughts and imagery. I use this to interpret and reflect back to you a quilted design created out of fabrics I’ve collected on my travels, old clothes and meaningful textiles. Think of it almost like a tarot reading in fabric, not as divination, but a mirror to reflect your attention when you place your head upon it to sleep. What I’ll make for you is unknown, what you’ll dream is too. But through this shared process, we can approach sleep as a time of discovery.
You are needed and valued!
Without your investment in my work, this continuing project and research time, I won’t be able to make it happen. With even a small donation, and even just spreading the word, you become a benefactor who boosts the development my work further, and allows me to create an artwork in this incredibly unique setting!
Dai Bosatsu Zendo has opened their heart to me, and my small collective of artists. They’ll be providing us with a room in the monastery, then a small meditation cabin. They’ll be sharing their food with us and supporting our explorations of the land. I’m so honored to be asked to do this work, and humbled by the support from those who are inspired by my work.
Being offered this gift of time and space in forest and in community from Dai Bosatsu Zendo is so inspiring. I am open to the unknown of who I’ll connect with through this project, what I’ll learn, who I can communicate with, with the gifts that I have in my hands. It’s what I have to offer the world.
DBZ has also embraced my process of working in a collective with my family members. As a working mother/artist this is still a very rare and valuable opportunity to do an artist residency that embraces the blending of parenthood and art making. My 2016 exhibition will be fed by the accumulation of work I’ve done through a series of residencies with my artist partner Paul Margolis and our son the last 3 years, creating films, photography, environmental interventions and costumes in remote landscapes. We’ll continue this exploration together at DBZ.
Through this process, my work for the past several years has explored the similarity of the siren call of wildness to the potential to lose oneself in motherhood, the tension to retain a separate identity while grappling with the seductive pulse of biology. These sojourns in the wilderness act as points of departure to unravel these complex tensions, the dilemma between the lived experience and cultural projections of family.