Come hear “Water Calling” artists talk at the Seattle Art Museum OSP

crocheting at "Salmon Return" at OSP

I’ll be speaking tomorrow about MMMM at Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, along with Britta Johnson and Stokley Towles, who will be speaking about their “Water Calling” projects as well.  It should be informal, informative and fun, and the Sculpture Park is breathtaking as always, even in the rain.  The OSP actually hosted me three times for crocheting for MMMM, so I’m thrilled to come back and present about how it all turned out.

Creatively Speaking: The Artist’s Point of View

Water Calling: Artist Panel

November 14, 2009

2–3 pm

PACCAR Pavilion, at the Olympic Sculpture Park

Commissioned by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Water Calling temporary art and short film projects feature artists working in various disciplines exploring water—examining its flow and its history, offering ways to care for our urban watersheds and celebrating water’s mythical power. In this afternoon program, experience a selection of some of the projects and hear directly from artists Mandy Greer, Stokley Towles and filmmaker Britta Johnson.

The Creatively Speaking series provides a forum for artists to explain the philosophies underlying their work and for audiences to ask the questions they rarely have a chance to ask.

Free and open to the public.

Registration required if planning to attend.

via Seattle Art Museum: Event Detail.

Time to crochet again at Olympic Sculpture Park for “The Salmon Return”, 9/19/09, noon-3pm

come crochet at the Olympic Sculpture Park!!

come crochet at the Olympic Sculpture Park!!

After the whirlwind of crocheting this spring and summer, I can hardly believe my eyes that it is time again to work on “Mater Matrix Mother and Medium”, and invite you to join me, tomorrow from noon – 3pm!  I’ll be making yards and yards of the big crocheted ropes that I need to reinstall the Fiber River on the campus of Agnes Scott College in Atlanta , hosted by the Dalton Gallery, beginning on Oct. 1st, 2009.  So, if you never got to crochet with me or are dying for more, please join me tomorrow at SAM‘s Olympic Sculpture Park for their family programs event “The Salmon Return”.  They have once again invited me to come join them with a whole host of other programs for kids and adults such as….

Special performance: Roger Fernandes tells stories about salmon at 1 pm.

Visit activity stations by:

  • City of Seattle’s Restore Our Waters and Seattle Public Utilities
  • Colorific Kids face painting
  • Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
  • Mandy Greer—Mater Matrix Mother and Medium
  • The Nature Consortium
  • People for Puget Sound
  • Salmon-Safe and the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability (NBIS)
  • TASTE Café

University of Washington’s Wetland Ecosystem Team

Agnes Scott College (kinda looks like UW, right?)

Agnes Scott College (kinda looks like UW, right?)

THIS is really the last one, really! SAM FAMILY DAY

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I thought last Friday at the AFTA convention was the last crochet event for MMMM, but I was wrong.  One last time!  This time at the Seattle Art Museum Family Day.  SAM Family Programs have been a huge supporter of my project from hosting me at their Teen Art Attack evening to twice hosting me at family programs out at the Olympic Sculpture Park.  I am so glad to go to this final event with them.  The two programs out at the Sculpture Park were particularly wonderful, as I got to work, share my project, as well as spend time with my own child who often gets the shaft when I get so busy on large projects.

buzzz

buzzz

  If you have kids or know someone that does, bring them to SAM, the line-up looks to be really fun.  Temporary Tatoos  with Gretchen Bennett!!  My son also attends the Circus School that will be performing and they pretty much always rock!

 

SAM Family Programs: Don’t Miss the Summer Fun!
FAMILY DAY: BUST A MOVE 
Presented by TARGET
Saturday, June 27, 10 am–3 pm
SAM Downtown

Make your move through outrageous obstacle courses designed for making art in new ways, like the artists in
Target Practice: Painting Under Attack 1949–78. Create collages, recycled art, stencils and see-through paintings. Design temporary tattoos with Joshua Lindenmayer and Gretchen Bennett. Crochet with Mandy Greer. See live painting demos with ArtWorks and Pratt Fine Arts Center.

LIVE PERFORMANCES
* Madcap toymaker Rick Hartman
* Hilarious Zambini Bros. puppet show
* Electrifying tapdancing by Northwest Tap Connection
* Feats by the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts
* Plus facepainting, storytelling and more!

Community Partnerships: Visit the Barnes & Noble Pacific Place store June 26–28 and a portion of your purchases will benefit SAM.

This weekend…SCULPTURE PARK!

 

celebrate those flowers

celebrate those flowers

Back into the sun I go! Hopefully this slight cooling will hold tomorrow as I head to the Olympic Sculpture Park to participate in Seattle Art Museum’s family programs “Celebrate Wildflowers” event. Back in April I took part in “Climate Day for Kids”, had a blast, and I’m sure this event will be just as fun.  Here’s a quick look at all the activity stations for tomorrow:  
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, King County Noxious Weed Board, Seattle Art Museum, Skokomish Tribe, TASTE Café, University of Washington Botanic Gardens Education, Washington Native Plant Society, Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation.

 

Please come join me!  And also, a huge thank you to writer/artist/curator Sharon Arnold for her continued enthusiasm for MMMM (and help crocheting AND yarn donations AND cheering me on in this last leg of this art marathon!)  

Thanks Sharon!

Thanks Sharon!

She has been posting about the project, including tomorrow, at her blog “Dimensions are Variable”.  Check it out and her posts about art – writing, making, viewing and loving.

 

 

 

SUNDAY!  I’ll be back at the Sculpture Park on my own, inviting you to join me in a little handwork, amazing views and hopefully cool and sunny weather.  I’ll be in the Cafe if another windstorm blows through.  10 am – 2pm.

MONDAY!!  You can catch up with me on Monday, of all days!  During lunch 11 am – 2 pm, I’ll be back under Leo Berk’s conference room cloud in the 4Culture conference room.  All my blue looked so good under his blue, and I forgot my camera last time, so Tina Hoggatt made it happen for me again!  If you work downtown, hope you can stop by, bring your lunch!

Leo Berk, "Low Ceiling"

Leo Berk, "Low Ceiling"

It’s the weekend, so that means I’ll be all over the place crocheting!

http://newsletters.seattleartmuseum.org/dynamic/new_images/header_image_287.jpgSee if you can catch up with me this weekend, because I’m not so sure I can.  The River is starting to grow like mushrooms, with piles and piles of blue whirlpools all over my house, some needing a little of this, some needing a little something else.  

Piles!

Piles!

 

 

But its back out in the world tomorrow with my portable studio, just like last weekend (still need to sort through all my great pictures!).  On Friday, I’ll be visiting the High Point Library, in West Seattle, from 1:45pm until 5:15pm.  Then suddenly, I show up at SAM downtown for their ArtAttack Teen Night Out Party, from 6-9.  The teen I once was is completely jealous of this terrific program planned by SAM’s TAG (Teen Advisory Group, for teens by teens).  I’m quite honored to get asked to go.  I spent some time today with a few members of the group, giving them a demo on crocheting, so they could help me keep up with people who want to join in on the making of this giant project.  I was completely impressed with everyone’s willingness to learn chain, single and double crochet, young men and women.  Last weekend at the Sustainable West Seattle Festival, I had a chat with a few delightful women in their 80’s, who were just agasp and AGAPE that my friend Robert was crocheting.  I

 

Robert

Robert

 know they’re from a different generation, but it was nice to see the guys just as game to crochet as the ladies today, without  even any acknowledgment of any kind of gender association with handwork, crafting or whatever you want to call it.   If I’ve learned anything from my association with Ms. Faythe Levine, director of Handmade Nation, its that craft and Doing IT Yourself can be a radical action, a personal stand against mediocrity and force-fed culture.  With all that Revolutionary art in the floors above us, I hope to spread a bit of her message.  After SAM, on Saturday I’ll be heading to Greenwood Library from 10:30-3:30 with some muffins and coffee.  Then for Mother’s Day, I’ll be out at Plant Amnesty’s Festival of Trees at Sandpoint Magnuson Park from 10:30 am – 2 pm.  I hear there will be a parade of people in tree costumes, free trees to plant, the usual festival food goodies and some Mexican cowboys doing some tricks on horses.  I can’t wait, and neither can my big and little boys!  One small bonus of being involved in this whirlpool of a project is finding out about the incredible diversity of community and cultural experienece that Seattle has to offer, and getting to contribute to them in some way!  Join me!

 

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DON’T MISS IT!
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ARTattack: Teen Night Out — American Rebels
Are you ready to be a cultural rebel? We all know the American Revolution didn’t stop in 1776. Give props to your world-changing, revolutionary role models. They could be historical freedom fighters or people in your family or community who give back in a BIG way. Rock a poem, dance, make art or sing your heart out. We want to see your skills! Come make ARTattackyour stage.      

Featuring local talent from: 
SAM’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

Jason Webley

The Frontmen

Youth Speaks Seattle Slam finalists

All City Break Dancers/Arts Corps

And more!

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Date: 5/8/2009
Time: 6-9 pm
Location: SAM Downtown (near The Hammering Man)

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Event details >>

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Thank you SAM for a great “Climate Day for Kids” at the Sculpture Park!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of participating in SAM’s “Climate Day for Kids” in celebration on Earth Day.  Jackie White, Environmental Steward at SAM, and her crew put together an incredible event for kids and families at the Olympic Sculpture Park.

an invigorating studio for a day

an invigorating studio for a day

 I brought my own family, and now seem to hear daily from my son how to “reduce my carbon footprint”, the catch phrase of the day.  

recycled art sponsored by SAM's Teen Advisory Group

recycled art sponsored by SAM's Teen Advisory Group

Worm bins, scavenger hunts, Tesla coils, recycled art projects, eco-gaming, walking school buses, and free organic trail mix all made for a big crowd and many, many engaged crocheters. Several of the people I worked with were just in the park that day, and were just drawn to all the crazy fun ( the hair-raising Tesla coil!) It also continues to be my great pleasure to teach really young children to crochet, as well as work with families making together!  

learning how to add on to other's patches

learning how to add on to other's patches

 

brought her own glittery crochet hook

brought her own glittery crochet hook

There were moments were I was teaching the basics over and over breathlessly, which feels good and grounded for this project where I am trying to connect with and connect together as many people as I can.  The little repeating loop stitches are visual reminders of a few minutes of conversation or a few minutes of quiet with oneself.

Thanks, my friend, for your patience and appreciation

Thanks, my friend, for your patience and appreciation

 I’ll also be heading back to SAM for their “Celebrate Wildflowers” Day on June 6th.  I  continue to fall more in love with the park every time I go, and plan to go back with my picnic blanket for more crocheting on my own, and with whoever would like to stop for a few minutes.  

See more images here.

 

for a few moments

for a few moments

my first volunteer

my first volunteer

 

mom and daughter hung out for the whole day

mom and daughter hung out for the whole day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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circle of hands working

circle of hands working

 

TAG volunteer helps out for a bit

TAG volunteer helps out for a bit

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All you new crocheters, remember…..

 

Beautiful hands working at SAM Olympic Sculpture Park

Beautiful hands working at SAM Olympic Sculpture Park

……..insert, wrap, pull through one, wrap again, pull through two, insert, wrap, pull through one, wrap again, pull through two…

Many many thanks to all who have joined in!