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