Reis Niemi Embroiders Hankies From A 100 Year Old Man’s Garage Sale

Industrial artist Reis Niemi makes some interesting art. He welds his own guns, makes embroidered underpants, and creates images of wigs serving as hair for cellphones. It seems only natural that he would purchase handkerchiefs from a 100 year old man’s garage sale and attempt to make art out of it. His newest show, Invisible Forces, will begin on display at the Punch Gallery on First Thursday, February 5th, and will feature fabric sculpture, forged ironwork, and painted liquor bottles — all guaranteed to be pieces that are slightly curious.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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13 years ago

see the work online, at my flickr page-

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