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Social Saturday - OPEN HOUSE

Wilding, Wasting, Workstyling
Donna Cleary, Daria Dorosh, Kristyna and Marek Milde, J. Morgan Puett, Shelley Spector, Amy Lou Stein
and featuring Wilding fellows;
Agustine Zegers (Virginia Commonwealth University)      
DianeAntohe (Virginia Commonwealth University)                
Amanda Heidel (SUNY NewPaltz)                  
Michelle Burdine (Ohio State University)                      
Cara Piazza (Independent)                  
Kim Tucker (Ontario, Canada Independent)                          
Gionna Forte (Independent)                
Eric Kobal (Washington University Sam Fox School)                
Jillian Hirsch (University of Tennesee, Knoxville)                    
Tien Wen-Hao (Independent)                   
Mildred's Lane is having an open house social this week. We invite you to visit the site and projects ongoing. Kristyna and Marek Milde are working on their permanent site project, Plantarium. Donna Cleary is drying botanicals in preparation for tincture making. Amy Lou Stein is advising on a mother indigo dye systems, starting with planting. Shelley Spector shares applied skills in the art of soap-making from recycled products. With collective outcomes, we will experiment with our printing press. J. Morgan Puett refines our daily workstyles as we go. 

Donna Cleary pulls from her experiences as a Registered Nurse, mother and Herbalist to embody Healer, Medicine Woman, Wise Woman. Donna’s interest lies in traditional healing practices. A descendant of Irish Herbalists, she has reclaimed that familial knowledge. Focusing on the rituals, ceremonies, and objects that accompany medicinal vehicles, her crocheted fertility sculptures reflect on the past by comingling the Feminine Mystique with Pagan Goddess Symbolism, the cycles of life, death, and regeneration. Graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 2014, her exhibitions include Freight and Volume, Petzel Gallery, A.I.R., Art in Odd Places, with reviews by Roberta Smith, Hyperallergic, Rhizome. She attended residencies at MASS MoCA, Cill Rialiag, chaNorth, Mildred's Lane and founder of 184 Project Space. 

Kristyna and Marek Milde are Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artists duo, originally from Prague, Czech Republic. Their work takes a form of sculptures, installations, and participatory site interventions that investigate codes and mechanism of culture and modern lifestyle exploring its shifting relationship to the context of environment and nature. The Mildes were awarded residencies at ISCP, LMCC Process Space, Queens Museum Studio in the Park, EFA SHIFT, and A-Z West. They exhibited in the Queens Museum, MoMA Studio, Wave Hill, Smack Mellon, EFA, Abrons Art Center, Knockdown Center, HVCCA, Russell-Wright-Design Center, Temple Contemporary, DOX Center for Contemporary Art; Futura; Meet Factory. Their work has been featured in the New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, Flash Art, Hyperallergic, BTR Radio, and Czech National Television, among others. In 2007 they received MFAs from the Queens College, CUNY.
J. Morgan Puett is a trans-disciplinary, artist with accomplished work in installation art, clothing & furniture design, architecture, film, writing and more – rearranging multiple intersections by applying conceptual tools and research-based methods with interests in history, environment, design, craft, and collaboration. Morgan’s early work forged new territory by intervening into the fashion system; and since innovative in the realm of social engagement, founding Mildred's Lane. She continues to explore genres, citing that being is profoundly a social and political practice. Most recently, Puett received The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award and The Pollock- Krasner Foundation Award, both in 2016. She is the co-director of Mildred's Lane and The Mildred Complex(ity).,
Shelley Spector is a multidisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia. In her practice, she responds to available resources, often discarded, in combination with a changeable work environment. She produces specific bodies of work in search of universal themes. Currently, she is working on several long-term projects through which her work is intended to generate rather than deplete resources. Her work is part of many public and private collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which presented her solo exhibition “Keep The Home Fires Burning” in 2015, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC. Spector has received grants from the Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Leeway Foundation.
Amy Lou Stein is a fiber artist who works with natural dyes, eco-printing, textiles, and crochet. She is the founder of Craftwork Somerville, a makerspace that since 2015 has aimed to build community through craft by curating workshops and classes for makers of all ages. Her passion for plants and botanicals grows out of a commitment to sustainably interact with nature and to find creative fulfillment for herself and other by repurposing and reusing. She has taught at Squam Art Workshops and Lakeside Fiber Retreat; and received a technical scholarship to develop her craft and assist teaching at Haystack. Amy Lou draws inspiration from fashion, music, film, and other media: as a principal of Ozma Designs in Los Angeles, she has worked as a costume designer and wardrobe consultant for Beck, Beth Orton, Mercury Rev, and the Eels.
Daria Dorosh, Ph.D. is a co-founder of A.I.R. Gallery, NY, and adjunct faculty at SMARTlab, University College Dublin, Ireland. She was a keynote speaker at VSMM 2017, a conference on Virtual Systems and MultiMedia at UCD and has given many presentations including The Future is History: feminist legacies in contemporary art, at the Brooklyn Museum. Dorosh studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, NY. She taught fashion design at FIT and fine art at Parsons School of Design, NY. Her Fashion Lab in Process, LLC, is a research platform to identify new economic models for artists.

Earlier Event: June 22
TOWN Friday - Daria Dorosh
Later Event: June 29
TOWN Friday -  Alastair Gordon