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December 21, 2017, Thursday - Jess Hirsch: Emotional Platings Book Release & Artist Talk at A-Mill Artist Lofts

Time: 7 pm

Location:A-Mill Artist Lofts301 SE Main Street

The Soap Factory presents: Artist Talk and Book Launch for Jess Hirsch: Emotional Platings

During the month of October, Rethinking Public Spaces artist, Jess Hirsch brought her project Emotional Platings to Willmar, Delano and Cambridge, Minnesota. Emotional Platings is a series of picnic kits from trees that heal specific emotions, identified in the Bach Flower Essence philosophy developed by Edward Bach in the 1940s. Each picnic kit includes a blanket, servingware crafted by the artist, a notecard with conversational prompts and a notebook.

The public was invited to check out a specific kit in advance, asked to bring food to share and then was paired with a stranger based on the emotion they had selected. Having grown up in rural Minnesota, Hirsch hoped to explore the rural/urban divide by traveling to these three rural towns throughout Minnesota, asking people to check out a kit and explore emotion together. 

Jess Hirsch: Emotional Platings is one of several public projects being presented by The Soap Factory as a part of Here & There. Here & There is The Soap Factory's out-of-building programming while the building undergoes renovation.