Pressing & Pulling: greetings from Pulp & Deckle
September 5 - October 11, 2014
Group Exhibition at c3:initiative
Pressing & Pulling: greetings from Pulp & Deckle celebrates Portland's only public papermaking studio and the launch of The Nest, c3:initiative's studio incubator program. Over 45 artists, makers and designers from around the nation have been sent a handmade paper postcard to be transformed into an artwork for exhibit. Postcards will be displayed democratically alongside submissions by the general public. Participants received postcards made of unique fibers such as iris leaves, leek stalks, recycled office papers, cotton, and more.
For artists and designers, this project and exhibition is a way to get to know some of the resources available at Pulp & Deckle. During the exhibition visitors are invited to come create a postcard artwork and add it to the display. Other points of engagement include open studio Thursdays, a pop-up retail area, and participation in Design Week Portland.
About the Pulp & Deckle Postcard Project
Throughout their history, postcards have functioned not only as a medium for communication, but also as souvenirs, advertisement, and propaganda platforms. Typically featuring images of monuments, idealized landscapes, boosterism, and kitsch, postcards are seen as a way to send a message from a specific time and place. Pulp & Deckle is transforming the ubiquitous and mass-produced postcard into a more intimate exchange by inviting artists, writers, makers, and the public to respond. In using post-consumer waste and plants, Pulp & Deckle is interested in using design as a tool to transform disposable materials into vehicles for the exchange of ideas.