exhibits: Ghost Net Landscape: Sea Stories

Fall 2020 exhibit in Portland, Oregon and broadcast online
Oct 1 - Nov 1 at Crema Coffee + Bakery   |   Oct 29 - Nov 21 at Community Warehouse

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Join a community of creators and storytellers in this socially distributed, publicly accessible installation in partnership with Portland Textile Month. We're filming community-submitted puppets made from reclaimed fishing gear to tell a Sea Story of transformation for our lands and people in this collaborative art installation.

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How it works:

Community-submitted Sea Stories are 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

November 2020 schedule

Oct. 29 - Nov. 21 at Community Warehouse in NE PDX:
Street-facing window display + indoor gallery

Nov. 12, 6pm: Virtual panel discussion "Community Collaboration"


Submissions closed October 30. THANK YOU to everyone who participated! We're filming your puppet stories for broadcast online!

All kits have been claimed as of October 17.
Thank you Portland for creating and picking up 90+ kits!!

4 ways to return your Sea Story materials:

  1. By mail: Send your puppet characters and written stories to:
    SEA STORIES, 33 NW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
  2. In person: Drop off puppets and written stories during business hours at:
    Exhibit location: Crema Coffee + Bakery (SE PDX)
    Kat + Maouche (NW PDX)
    Primal Burger (SE PDX)
  3. Email or voicemail: written and spoken stories can be emailed to emily@ghostnetart.com or called in to the Sea Stories voicemail at 971 232-1362.

Download the Sea Stories Guidance Booklet: Web View or Printable PDF.
(Printed copies of the booklet are included in every materials kit and available at the exhibit space.)

See Artists in Action

Throughout October 2020 at Crema cafe, artists Shelby Silver and Emily Miller 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. Artists Shere Coleman and Emily Miller will be enacting and filming your Sea Stories during the exhibit.

Emily Miller will be stitching her signature Ghost Net Baskets on her sewing machine. Shelby Silver will be hand-knotting her signature basket sculptures.

Team Leaders:

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.

Lady Dragon Face, puppet by Denni Chiavarini Lady Dragon Face, puppet by Denni Chiavarini. Reclaimed fishing rope, beachcombings, shell beads.
The Lion, puppet by Shere Coleman The Lion, puppet by Shere Coleman. Reclaimed fishing rope, cardboard, styrofoam, paint.
The Mouse, puppet by Shere Coleman The Mouse, puppet by Shere Coleman. Reclaimed fishing rope, wire, buttons.
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.