HUGE Fabric, Yarn, Notions and Vintage Clothing Sale at Mandy Greer Studio

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**EDIT** Last weekend’s sale was great!  But there is still a lot left, so on SAT MAY 9th from 10-2, I’m having a “Grab Bag” sale for the rest.  Come stuff a paper grocery bag full for $10 ****

HUGE Fabric, Yarn, Notions and Vintage Clothing Sale.  Lots of Odd and Beautiful treasures May 2, SAT,    9 am – 3pm May 3, SUN,   10 am – 3pm 15 Years of accumulated materials from my Fiber and sculpture Studio are getting all cleaned out, and priced to go very cheap.  All different kinds of fabrics from linens, cottons, vintage yardage and dismantled clothes, satins, velvets, lycras, everything!  yardage and remnants of 1970’s double-knit in fantastic patterns. . Remnant rolls for .50-$2.00 and huge amount of large bags of pieces in sorted colors for .50-$1.00.  So great for Kids projects, Quilting, Collage, Scrapbooking, Art, Sewing. Bins and Bins of all kinds of yarn, from boutique to craft,  for $1.00 per skein.  Glitter. Beads. 1000’s of vintage buttons, feathers, notions, bias tape, doilies, pins, fasteners, zippers grommets, bobbins.  hand-made beads, ribbons, leather gloves Vintage quilts and quilt pieces, vintage 1940’s upholstery samples.  Vintage wood picture frames, photo paper, theaters lights with barn doors. Mod-Podge, spray starch,  and brand new Lendrum spinning wheel elements I never used, and bobbins. 11166078_10206315860600873_643519097_n Vintage Clothes, too! AND two other friends are purging their huge vintage collections, including stuff from Caravan Age Vintage.  A few little vintage ceramic treasures as well! This is where to be if you have a fiber vintage addiction! Bring Cash in small bills ( lots of little items!) No checks, Credit Card option available for purchases over $10 Bring bags!  I don’t have that many. Spread the word, and bring some friends to explore the treasure with!  Join the event on Facebook and spread the word!  I’ll be posting more pictures of the huge stash on the Facebook event, so join to get notifications! 11148605_10205340043074010_5058044508513779543_n

Caldera Artist Residency

This spring, I’m pleased to announce I’ll be attending the Caldera Artist in Residence program!  Stay tuned for more about it, as I prepare to leave for a month in remote Oregon, working next to the Three Sisters Volcanoes.  Here are several images of my work that I will be building upon during this residency.

Many many photographs will be available! "Ember" 2014, archival ink jet photography

“Ember” 2014, archival ink jet photography, shot in Normandy, France

Snaefellsness Glacier Boy, 2012, archival ink jet on watercolor paper

Snaefellsness Glacier Boy, 2012, archival ink jet on watercolor paper

"Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever" 2013, multi-media installation in Villa Olmo, Como, Italy

“Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever” 2013, multi-media installation in Villa Olmo, Como, Italy

"Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever", detail , 2013, multi-media installation and performance in Como, Italy

“Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever”, detail , 2013, multi-media installation and performance in Como, Italy

detail of silver from 'Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever', 2013

detail of silver from ‘Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever’, 2013

"Caved Father", 2012, archival ink jet photograph, shot in Snaefellsness, Iceland

“Caved Father”, 2012, archival ink jet photograph, shot in Snaefellsness, Iceland

'Conjuring" 2014, archival ink jet on water color paper, shot in Normandy, France

‘Conjuring” 2014, archival ink jet on water color paper, shot in Normandy, France

"Cynosura", multi-media installation, 2012, at Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, in Florence Italy

“Cynosura”, multi-media installation, 2012, at Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, in Florence Italy

My NEPO House show images, Dec. 2012, Seattle

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“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

EXTENDED RUN for the "Silvering Path", and Times review


                                                “The Silvering Path” live performance sold out its first weekend!  So the run has been extended for one more day, SUNDAY OCTOBER 19.  You can already buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.  The film “The Silvering Path” is so achingly beautiful, if I do say so.  Ian Lucero is a subtle master, I am so blown away by his work.  And the sound created by Joshua Kohl is so haunting and funny!  Don’t miss this show, especially if you are a fan of Haruko’s work; you truly get to see an intimate view of her movement work!  Here are even more images from behind-the-scenes from Kamala’s flicker.