exhibits: Ghost Net Landscape: Sea Stories

UPCOMING! October 1-31, 2020 exhibit in Portland, Oregon and broadcast online

Ghost Net Landscape Sea Stories art exhibit

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.

Reclaimed fishing rope art materials for Ghost Net Landscape interactive community art exhibit

Kit-Building volunteer day: Thursday, Sept. 24

1-4pm at Woodstock Park in SE Portland
Email barbara@portlandtextilemonth.com to sign up!

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:

  1. Make a puppet or puppets out of ghost net and locally reclaimed materials
  2. Tell your puppet's story of creative potential and transformation, from personal history to myth, legend and magic
  3. 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:

  1. Pick up pre-selected material kits starting October 1 at:
    Kat + Maouche (NW PDX) and Primal Burger (SE PDX), or
  2. Safely choose your own materials from the pile at the exhibit space [address coming soon], or
  3. Request a materials kit to be mailed to you

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.)

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 to:
    Kat + Maouche (NW PDX) or 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.
Your Sea Stories must be received by October 30, 2020

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.

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, plastic.
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.