Agate Fossil Beds National Monument Artist Residency

Miriam Sagan is recently returned from an artist residency at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument in Nebraska! We’ve done a small suminagashi/book arts/poetry project to commemorate her time there, using poetry and sumi she created at the residency. To see all of the suminagashi, visit our Tumblr Project, Sumi-A-Day. This book will be on display at the offices of the National Park, along with the accompanying broadside. For more of the work we do together under our artist collective, check out Maternal Mitochondria!

Suminagashi in the Park

Suminagashi in the Park will be up at the Railyard Park this Saturday! Come say hi. Here is a copy of the letter we sent to the participants–
Thanks to all the workshop participants who created suminagashi and poetry in the Railyard.

The pieces will be hanging in the park—informal opening Sat Sept 8, 3-5 pm.

We will be sitting outside the community classroom to say hi and direct you. We have woven together your words to make a long communal poem. You might not be able to identify your exact words or suminagashi but you are indeed part of the spirit of this mosaic. It is all of us together.

To find the installation:

At the community classroom face south, (your back to Paseo de Peralta). Walk towards the rainbow compass sculpture. Look for a group of evergreens. Discover our art and poetry!

It will be up for a month, so come by at your convenience. Bring your friends and enjoy a stroll!

We’ll be in touch if anything changes.

Miriam Sagan

Isabel Winson-Sagan

Vibrant pink marbled paper with text
Suminagashi in the Park

Suminagashi in the Park

Come Join Us For A Unique and FREE Experience Combining Poetry & Suminagashi!
Miriam Sagan & Isabel Winson-Sagan, the creative team Maternal Mitochondria, will be building an art and poetry geocache pathway in Santa Fe’s Railyard Park this summer.
And we want you to help create it.

A FREE WORKSHOP:

When: August 11
Where: Community Room in The Railyard
Time: 1-4
To register: write msagan1035@aol.com with your phone number & email. We will have directions etc.
Limited to 15-20 participants
Priority will be given to kids under 18, and anyone accompanying them.

The workshop will teach each participant to create suminagashi, Japanese inspired marbling, on paper. We will work with low impact materials—water trays and ink.
We will also create poetry based on “weathergrams”—short poems about the environment and our inner selves.

Once the workshop is over, Miriam and Isabel will curate the show. We will combine suminagashi and text, and install it in hidden but findable locations in the Railyard Park. The pathway will be geocached, and locatable by GPS. We will also have maps. The work will be presented anonymously—and the paper and text may have two different authors. All participants will be listed and thanked as part of the pathway, and on our website: https://maternalmitochondria.com/

There will be an informal opening in mid-September. We’ll tell you when it is up, and you can walk it and share it with your friends. It’s a magical way to respond to a special spot in our city of Santa Fe.
We look forward to working with you!

Suminagashi print, with blue and yellow and green ink

Santa Fe Japan Festival

Ever wondered what suminagashi actually is, or how to make one for yourself? Maternal Mitochondria (Isabel W.S. and Miriam Sagan) will be doing a hands-on demonstration this Saturday at the Japan Festival from 11am-3pm! Come and say hi, draw some sumi, all while eating delicious takoyaki. The festival is at the Convention Center and admission is $5 for adults, free for children under 12. The festival itself runs from 9:30am-5pm. See you there!

 

sumi
black and orange sumi print

New website!

Maternal Mitochondria, the artist collective composed of Isabel W.S. and Miriam Sagan, now has their own website! They have several events coming up, so hopefully this will allow all of MM’s projects to be easily accessible and all in one place. Head over to http://www.maternalmitochondria.com if you’re interested!

Maternal Mitochondria
Maternal Mitochondria now has a website! https://maternalmitochondria.com/