HEALING CIRCLES – MANDALAS FOR MARINKE
NOVEMBER 5 – 26, 2017
GRAB BAG STUDIO
2626 E. 10TH ST. LONG BEACH, CA
Brunch opening reception: Sunday, November 5th, 11am-2pm
Open Studio: Friday, November 10th, 12pm-5pm
Healing Circles Day: Saturday, November 18th, 11am-2pm and 5pm-9pm
Healing Circles – Mandalas for Marinke at Grab Bag Studio is the first translation of a larger online project titled Mandalas for Marinke. Organized by Kathryn Vercillo, the Mandalas for Marinke community project began in 2015 to raise awareness about depression, suicide and mental health issues after Marinke Slump, known to many as Wink, from the blog A Creative Being had succumbed to the struggle with depression and suicide. The online craft community was devastated and Vercillo’s response was to create a collaborative crochet art project to honor Wink’s life and work, and to celebrate her creativity in a way that allows her art to keep inspiring others even though she is now gone.
Threadwinners and Natalie Mik of Grab Bag studio are honored to present the first gallery showing of this online project. The installation will explore themes of mental illness, healing, and friendship using hundreds of colorful, crocheted mandalas and re-purposed lamps that are assembled into a site specific artwork.