exhibits: Ghost Net Landscape: Sea Stories
UPCOMING! October 1-31, 2020 exhibit in Portland, Oregon and broadcast online
Join a community of creators and storytellers in this socially distributed, publicly accessible installation in partnership with Portland Textile Month. Starting October 1, 2020, create your own puppets from reclaimed fishing gear to tell a Sea Story of transformation for our lands and people in this collaborative art installation.
Kit-Building volunteer day: Thursday, Sept. 24
Work together with lead artist Emily Miller to assemble colorful puppet-making kits from a wide variety of reclaimed fishing net and rope. Work gloves and scissors provided, or bring your own. Kits will be distributed for public participation in Ghost Net Landscape: Sea Stories.
Meet at the picnic tables just off SE Steele Street between SE 48th & 49th. Street parking, accessible restroom.
How it works:
- Make a puppet or puppets out of ghost net and locally reclaimed materials
- Tell your puppet's story of creative potential and transformation, from personal history to myth, legend and magic
- Send in your puppet and story to be included in the physical and digital exhibit this fall!
Community-submitted Sea Stories will be recorded and broadcast on a TV screen facing outwards in public window space, as well as available for streaming online. During this time of social and ecological transformation, Ghost Net Landscape: Sea Stories gives a voice to individual creativity and the power of collaboration, to create essential space for imagining new solutions.
"Creativity is a tool for all humans to gain insight, inspiration, self-awareness, collaborative skills, problem solving, even compassion and empathy. Creative process is not separate from how we learn, but integral." — Shere Coleman, Stage & Story Liaison
3 ways to get your Sea Story materials:
- Pick up pre-selected material kits starting October 1 at:
Kat + Maouche (NW PDX) and Primal Burger (SE PDX), or
- Safely choose your own materials from the pile at the exhibit space [address coming soon], or
- Request a materials kit to be mailed to you
4 ways to return your Sea Story materials:
- By mail: Send your puppet characters and written stories to:
SEA STORIES, 33 NW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
- In person: Drop off puppets and written stories to:
Kat + Maouche (NW PDX) or Primal Burger (SE PDX)
- Email or voicemail: written and spoken stories can be emailed to email@example.com or called in to the Sea Stories voicemail at 971 232-1362.
Join artists in residence during the exhibit:
As possible in keeping with local health guidelines, artists will be working in the exhibit space on a collaborative ghost net weaving to be used as a backdrop for the acted-out Sea Stories. The public is invited to safely participate in creating the weaving using materials selected from the pile.
Shere Coleman and Emily Miller will be enacting and filming your Sea Stories during the exhibit, and Emily Miller will also be stitching her signature Ghost Net Baskets on her sewing machine.
The puppet project will be led by collaborating artist Shere Coleman, a Portland-based puppet maker, storyteller, teacher and mixed media artist.
The weaving project will be led by collaborating artist Shelby Silver, a Portland-based ecological artist, educator, and steward of the earth.
Puppets live in a vast realm of possibility across time and culture.
About Your Puppets
Size: Puppets that are 24" or smaller will work best. We will be enacting your stories on a stage approximately 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall.
Movement: Imagine and play with moving your puppet through its story. What actions does it need to take? Is it only speaking, or is it moving on a journey? Hand puppets, string puppets, stick puppets, and simple non-moving creations are all appropriate!
About Your Stories
Length: Short 2-5 minute stories are best. (Sea Stories is a Puppet Slam!)
Puppetry is an ancient human way of telling a tale or creating theater. Imagine early cave paintings, earliest effigy artifacts, and ancient masks and ceremony. To this day we engage with puppetry the world over. Puppetry is playing make-believe, and letting the imagination run wild and free!
© 2020 Emily Miller fine art - Ocean-inspired artwork from Oregon & Kauai.