Workshops: The Strings

COME TO THE STRINGS WORKSHOP AT NEW EXPRESSIVE WORK, THURSDAY 05/11 FROM 6 -9PM email info@latifamedjdoub for info and to register, open to all levels (limited spots)

 With materials gleaned from the waste stream, I will conceive elaborate and intricate fiber sculptures with the public stimulating creative social interactions combining mundane objects with fiber art techniques.

This experience made together with the public will culminate on May 23rd with a performance called Eurythmy at Studio Grand Oakland in collaboration with electroacoustic Japanese composer Haco  ( + venue in Portland end of May TBA) offering an unparalleled artistic cross-training opportunity to transporting participants within an expansive soft fiber-sculpture responding to the image of network topology from which new perspectives, contexts, and realities can be observed.

Also, on August 4th, 2017 the Glean residency will culminate with a group exhibition presented at PNCA/OCAC, Furthermore Space. Glean is an environmental art project in partnership between Recology, an employee-owned integrated resource recovery and recycling company; Metro, the regional government that manages the Portland area’s garbage and recycling system; and crackedpots, an environmental arts non-profit.

The Strings series Workshops

Fiber Sculpture + Social Practice

Time: 2 to 3 Hours

Instructor: Latifa Medjdoub

Instructor provides recycled materials

Wear a comfortable outfit


Class Description: This project will invite physical interaction using handcrafted fiber sculptures and encourage reflection on the action of sharing and combining efforts in the act of creation.

In this workshop, we will first open up to a social practice together to reflect on the depth of the energy that links everything together. Using a set of handcrafted strings, we will experiment with movements and perspective in space.

Participants will be then working with a set of recycled items from varying material sources ranging from fiber, paper, plastic or metal to form a string or rope like open ended segment. They will study systems of formal imbrication, intertwined sequences, modulating rhythmic organizations of selected items while demonstrating a correlation between structure and sustainability.

In our age of social media networking, this innovative artistic approach pushes mental and physical boundaries, questioning our presence and responsibility to each other, challenging individual and shared perception and communication, and allowing an immersive space of self as well as a transformative collective experience to foster the idea that art makes us look at the world in fresh, new and restorative ways.

Schools and Low income communities are invited on a donation base (with a suggested scale of $5-8 per person per hour)
The open dates at  MP+D in San Francisco are May 19th to 25th
Morning and afternoon sessions are open from 10-12 am and 1-3pm
and for Portland, May 5th to 16th & May 29th to June 6th  in various venues.
Of note, the workshops are adaptable to fit any ages and condition.
Public workshop:

In San Francisco

May 20th at MP+D from 2pm to 5pm

Museum of Performance and Design 893B Folsom Street San Francisco CA 94107

In Portland

May 11th at N.E.W from 6pm to 9pm

New Expressive Work 810 SE Belmont, PDX OR 97214

Sliding scale: $ 10-20

Contact me for more details and to register: 


Archaeology in Waste

Glean Artist Danielle here!

In starting my residency with the Glean program I wanted to imagine myself as an archaeologist trying to piece together the history of some the objects that find their way to the Metro Transfer Station. From investigating these objects I hope to learn more about Portland’s community and it’s history of making waste. Just think how excited a modern day archaeologist would be to come across an ancient greek landfill- Imagine the things they would learn about that ancient society! I’m hoping to use similar techniques and research styles to learn about contemporary waste culture.

So far the underlying thing that has intrigued me the most is the human element in the objects I’ve found. I continue to be drawn towards very personal or mysterious things that someone has thrown away. Here is some of what I’ve collected and researched thus far:

Hidden Brick Company Bricks

Date Found:
Location: Rubble Pile
Item#: 1
History: The Hidden Brick Company was founded by Lowell Mason Hidden in Vancouver Wa in the 1870’s. The company ran until 1990 making bricks by hand. The company is well know for the St. James Cathedral and Providence Academy buildings.

Parlez Vous Greeting Card & Envelope

Date Found: 3/7/17
Location: Public Dumping Area
History: Parlez Vous Greeting Cards was founded in 2001 by Oregon Artist Juliana Smith. This card was printed c.2001 and while originally intended to congratulate on a new baby, was used by the card’s writer to say goodbye to someone about to take a trip. (Note: “I was shitty last night, I’m sorry!”)

You can follow more of my finds on Instagram @archaeosphere.projects

Thanks for reading! More artifacts soon to come.

-Danielle Schlunegger-Warner

+ Sources of Captivation

Hello all,
Glean artist [caroline] here, sharing imagery I found captivating at the metro transit station.


+++ Beautiful exploration of form and color, seen through this mound of carpet padding insolation. Such volumes, allude to letting go of the past in search of pursuing a new start– a renovation to the physical space one calls home.


+++ As an avid antique collector, nothing gives a sense of dedication and [perhaps] devotion, like items aged to perfection. Things gathered amongst the piles, to potentially deconstruct: window panes, storage containers and yard tools.


+++ Captured a silly placement, during a moment in time. But really, thank goodness metro transit station is open Sundays. So much exploration, observing and rummaging yet to come.



Till next time, friends– signing off,
caroline borucki


The Gleaners and I, one of my all time favorite documentary film by #AgnesVarda
A must see (or see again) Varda’s portraits and approach to the topic reminds us of the compelling beauty residing in the act of scavenging and helps us reconsider our  relationship to objects and goods, echoing the grace of Millet’s painting “Les Glaneuses”. Here, at the Metro Transfer Station, a surprising place to meditate on the cycle of life it’s essential it’s rawness #gleanresidency #environmentalart #socialart photo: Transfer #1-4 from the Transfer series (more images at:


I’m very pleased to be among the selected artists for the Glean program established by Recology, Metro and Crakedpots for the past 7 years to address the waste disposal and environmental issues. Artists are given the opportunity to glean materials from the transfer station for the program duration and are required to conceive a body of work relevant to their continuous efforts to reduce entropy while regenerating a significant amount of the refuse.
This compelling Artist in Residency program will allow me the very special opportunity to develop my current social practice art studies related to the sensitive topics of environmental issues. With materials gleaned from the waste stream, I would like to conceive elaborate and intricate artistic tools with the public stimulating creative social interactions combining mundane objects with sophisticated textile art techniques.
Public participatory will be encouraged to creatively interact in the compositional stages opening the project to an unusual immersive, dynamic and tactile social experience that reconnects the mind and the body and to allow a reflection on the multiple levels of interconnectedness of individuals, networks and environment. I will be sharing soon the thread of this new adventure which will hopefully inspire possibilities.

This program is made possible by #recology #metro #crackedpots


87 applications or 2017 – Wow!

Incredibly, we received 87 applications for the 2017 program!  For comparison, the average for the last 6 was 53.

Our jury panel will be meeting Feb 9th to select 8 finalists.  These artists will then be interviewed on the 13th to determine the final 5 participants.  After attending an intensive orientation and safety training on the 24th, the artists will be free to begin gleaning at the transfer station.  Then the real fun begins!

Accepting applications for 2017 January 1st

GLEAN is accepting applications for 2017 from artists residing in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

New this year. We are dedicating one residency position for a student currently enrolled in an art program at a local college or university. Student applications will be considered separately from other artist applications.

GLEAN seeks to hear from artists with a broad range of experiences and cultural perspectives from the diverse communities in the Portland area.

GLEAN is a juried art program that seeks to inspire people to think about their consumption habits, the waste they generate, and the resources they throw away by tapping into the creativity of artists from the Portland metro region.

Five GLEAN artists will be given access to the Metro Central transfer station (“the dump”) for five months to glean materials to make art.  The program culminates in a formal exhibition in August.  Artists will be paid a $2,000 stipend and receive 80% commission from the sale of their art at the exhibition.

GLEAN is a partnership between Recology, an employee-owned integrated resource recovery and recycling company; Metro, the regional government that manages the Portland area’s garbage and recycling system; and crackedpots, an environmental arts non-profit.

To apply, go to and click on How To Apply. Applications will be accepted beginning January 1, 2017 with a deadline of January 31, 2017.

For more information, contact Amy Wilson at