This January 28th and 29th a new festival pops up in Seattle’s Ballard Industrial district, ONN/OF -A Light Festival, created by writer/walker Jim Demetre, post-medium artist Susan Robb and curator Sierra Stinson. Each of these folks, in their own generative practices delve into and illuminate what it means to bring people to place to art to community. As a triumvirate, they are boldly challenging the deep gray of Seattle’s somewhat depressing winters, and boosting morale through art, food, music, artist-made goods and workshops, all wrapped into one weekend “of illumination, warmth, and gloom-banishing engagement.”
Most exciting for me is these lovely people have asked me to create workshops for the festival! Inspired by history of the site for the festival and the people who once worked there — an 11,000 sq. foot warehouse that was once a family-owned Knitting factory Jim Demetre grew up in — I wanted to create a project that could at once engage people in the pleasure of making with their hands but also probe some of the issues of production/labor/waste/over-consumption/debt we all need to grapple with in contemporary life.
So I’ll be facilitating a project called “Gleaning, Redeeming, Surviving and Thriving: “ and be leading 14 people through the process of taking discarded cheap materials, investing them with one’s time and creating an amazing wearable piece.
So register now to make sure you have a spot! The cost is only $18 per person, with 3 hours with me and use of the studio during the whole day of the festival! You’ll be gathering your own materials, engaging with a site of contemporary gleaning: the bins at the Goodwill Outlet.
Register with me through Paypal, and ***please include in the “message to the merchant” your name, email and phone number AND which day you are registering for, either Sat. from 4-7pm or Sun. 1-4pm.***
Now read my Magna Carta below about the WHY and HOW we’ll be doing with “Gleaning, Redeeming, Surviving and Thriving”!
**FULL** on Sat. 28th, 4-7pm…
**FULL** on Sun 29th, 1-4pm…
A project facilitated by multi-disciplinary artist Mandy Greer, engaging the participant in site history, slow process, re-thinking use, and re-examining self-esteem via self-sufficiency rather than purchasing power.
This project asks the participant to engage in a contemporary site of gleaning: 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.
The site itself begs the question “why are we producing this much? Do we need it?”
Entrenched in the garment industry today is waste (despite the “greening’ of production in some small pockets of the industry). Things are not made to last and not made of quality materials, embedded with the planned obsolescence of ever-changing ‘style’.
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.
1765 6th Ave S
(between Holgate St & Massachusetts St)
Seattle, WA 98134