May 2 - June 23, 2019

Artist Reception: May 2, 5-8pm. Performance at 7pm.
Open: Wed-Sun, 12-5pm

Elisabeth Jones Art Center
516 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

October 7-31, 2019

Open: Mon-Fri, 1-5pm
Open Studio weekend: Oct 19-20, 11am-5pm

Kathrin Cawein Gallery
Pacific University (front corner of Scott Hall)
2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116

Join artist Emily Miller for an interactive art installation with 1,000+ pounds of "ghost net" fishing rope debris.
I'll be working in the gallery throughout the exhibit, making baskets on my sewing machine.

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Magical Mermaid Playshop

Magical Mermaid Playshop

Come create your own Mermaid crown and accessories in advance of the Portlandia 2019 Mermaid Parade!
Artist Lucretia Hatfield leads participants in the creation of beautiful mermaid head dresses and more using ghost net material.

Friday June 14th, 6 - 9pm ~ Wine & Cheese offered!
Saturday June 15th, 2 - 7pm ~ Special appearance by Una the Mermaid!

Cost: $5 - $15 sliding scale.
Basic supplies provided, bring your own favorite materials. Finished components and crowns also available for purchase.

participate

COLLECT — Starting in March: Gather ghost net from the beach, and salvage retired net and long line from local fisheries
CREATE — Starting in May: Untangle and unwind fishing rope... Take home materials... Explore a new material to make art... Lead collaborative work in your specialty!

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contributing artists

Emily MillerEmily Miller

Project Leader
I have spent my life on the coast, and all my artwork has its roots in my love of the sea: from watercolor landscapes to functional ceramics, interactive installation, and more.

Katherine BeemKatherine M. Beem

Katherine is a multimedia artist who creates surreal, colorful pieces that reflect the world around her.

Elise DixonElise Dixon

Elise is a performer and theatre-maker fascinated by words, communication, collaboration, the ephemeral, the tangible, and the pursuit of social change.

SF-DuraSF-DURA

SF-Dura work collaboratively and partner with various artists to design and build functional sets, stages, and landscapes crafted to fit specific art work.

Lucretia HatfieldLucretia Hatfield

Lucretia's love for nature inspires, and informs her art no matter what medium she works in.

Lisa LightLisa Light

Lisa is an Oregon Coast artist whose passion is exploring more eco-friendly mediums, up-cycling and recycling materials, and transforming marine debris, such as sea glass into wearable art.

Maggie MachadoMaggie Machado

Maggie has a lifetime experience of innovative and creative fiber arts, with a special interest in decorative knotwork, needlework, ply-splitting, and weaving of 4-selvage mats.

Palmarin MergesPalmarin Merges

Palmarin Merges is an artist whose work draws from the desire to become more sustainable by re-using materials close at hand and by adapting restriction as a generative force for creation.

Shelby SilverShelby Silver

Ecological artist Shelby Silver couples self-taught impasto techniques and her background in fiber art with plastic marine debris she collects along the Oregon Coast.

WileyWiley

Wiley creates self-reflective works, with materials and methods associated with her childhood, in an effort to better understand how her lived experiences create and shape who she is.

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Ghost net fishing rope - marine debris, ocean pollution

Ghost net is one of the most abundant and dangerous sources of marine debris in our oceans.

This lost or abandoned fishing gear makes up 46% of the mass in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where it entangles wildlife and disintegrates into microplastics, affecting every level of the food web and marine ecosystem.

Since 2015, I have created machine-stitched baskets from this fishing rope washed up on the coastlines of Oregon, Kauai, and Maine. The collection site of each rope tells its own unique story about the effects of coastal industry on local and global scales.

In 2018, I pulled rope from a massive environment created from two tons of ghost net, hauled off Kauai's beaches by Surfrider Kauai in just two months.

This experience directly inspired the Ghost Net Landscape installation. By bringing the pile into the gallery, the project shares its powerful physical presence - a small fraction of what washes ashore every day. What happens to the material after it is removed from the ocean is a work in progress. Ghost Net Landscape seeks to discover how much artwork I can create from the mass, and to show how much more can be done when we work together.

Worldwide, I've seen a variety of evolving solutions. Companies are melting down ocean plastic for use in products like skateboards, shoes, and building bricks. Some places (including Hawaii) incinerate it in modern waste-to-energy facilities. And more and more artists are taking advantage of marine debris in their work!

Find the full story on my website at ejmillerfineart.com/sculpture/ghost-net-baskets.

Sponsor a basket now for summer delivery!

Ghost net fishing rope baskets, recycled fiber art, ocean conservation artwork by Emily Miller

Basket sponsorships fund the transportation and processing of materials, as well as artist fees for three months of work.

I gladly consider requests to include specific colors in your basket, but cannot guarantee availability, as it all depends on the rope that I find.

Click here to pre-order now!

partners

Join the team to help support this project with materials, manpower, facilities or funding!

Ghost Net Landscape funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

© 2019 Emily Miller fine art - Ocean-inspired artwork from Oregon & Kauai.