Return to Tanner Creek: A Collective Papercraft Workshop
June 15, 2024 | 12–3pm | Portland Chinatown Museum The Portland Chinatown Museum is excited to offer a unique and free workshop opportunity with artists Dri Chiu Tattersfield and Jeffrey Yoo Warren on Saturday, June 15. Limited to 12 spaces, the 3 hour workshop will use papercraft and zine-making to reconstruct the Tanner Creek Chinese vegetable gardens. 

Dri and Jeff will guide participants through the process of creating relational reconstructions of historic Asian American communities in paper. Collaging together archival photos, maps, and found materials, we’ll work together to speculatively reconstruct, in paper, the community of the Chinese Vegetable Gardens circa 1900, from houses and trees to crops and the wall that separated the community from the Multnomah Athletic Club. In the spirit of Saidiya Hartman’s critical fabulation and the speculative fiction of Linda Sue Park, we will focus on the sensory experiences of place – those knowledges most likely to survive by remaining hidden - rather than the dates and historical facts.

This workshop event is free and all materials will be provided. Registration is required - please click on "tickets" to reserve your spot!

Dri Chiu Tattersfield is an artist and educator from Portland and Taipei. They experiment with zines, games, and speculative fiction to deepen relationships with the land and each other.

Jeffrey Yoo Warren is an artist educator based in Providence, RI, whose project Seeing Lost Enclaves: Relational reconstructions of erased historic neighborhoods of color is his work for the 2023-4 Library of Congress Innovator in Residence program. His recent work combines ancestral craft practices and creative work with diasporic memory through virtual collaborative worldbuilding.