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Silvercocoon

Both Tia and Souliyahn Keobounpheng were drawn to architecture and design in their youth. Early in their careers it proved to be a launching off point for their work together and as individual artists. Calling it their life’s work, they created Silvercocoon, a company that encompasses all of their work.

 
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MN Original is TPT's award winning weekly arts series celebrating Minnesota’s creative community, across all disciplines and cultures.
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  • #422 — Paul Shambroom + Alison Scott |
    Tuesday, Mar 28 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #322 — MN Original Music Compilation |
    New Wednesday, Mar 29 at 1am TPT MN
  • #322 — MN Original Music Compilation |
    New Wednesday, Mar 29 at 7am TPT MN
  • #226 — Zoran Mojsilov + Machinery Hill |
    Thursday, Mar 30 at 1am TPT MN
  • #226 — Zoran Mojsilov + Machinery Hill |
    Thursday, Mar 30 at 7am TPT MN
  • #226 — Zoran Mojsilov + Machinery Hill
    Yugoslavian-born Zoran Mojsilov makes large-scale sculptures out of stone, steel and wood. Lisa Nankivil builds intricate layers of color and texture to create her luminous oil paintings. Machinery Hill's world music is influenced by many genres including ska, celtic and klezmer.
    Thursday, Mar 30 at 1am TPT MN
    Thursday, Mar 30 at 7am TPT MN
    Thursday, Mar 30 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #227 — Scott West, Aditi Kapil + Tapes 'N Tapes
    Scott West creates dramatic work alongside Cloud Cult on stage and in his studio. She has Bulgarian and Indian parents and was raised in Sweden. Playwright, actress and director Aditi Kapil's production about immigrant experience is based on her own. The often blogged-about alternative rockers Tapes 'n Tapes perform
    Thursday, Apr 6 at 1am TPT MN
    Thursday, Apr 6 at 7am TPT MN
    Thursday, Apr 6 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #228 — Ten Thousand Things, Chank Diesel + The Bad Plus
    Ten Thousand Things brings compelling theater to audiences who have limited access to the arts.Custom font maker Chank Diesel spells out what it means to be an 'Alphabetician'. And, world renowned jazz trio "The Bad Plus" performs at the Dakota Jazz Club.
    Thursday, Apr 13 at 1am TPT MN
    Thursday, Apr 13 at 7am TPT MN
    Thursday, Apr 13 at 1pm TPT MN
    Thursday, Apr 13 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #229 — Celebrate Minnesota Arts, Culture and History
    Minnesota Original showcases arts, culture and history programming made possible by The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
    Thursday, Apr 20 at 1am TPT MN
    Thursday, Apr 20 at 7am TPT MN
    Thursday, Apr 20 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #230 — MN Historical Society + The Honeydogs
    The MN Historical Society's Collection of more than 6000 paintings, prints and drawings showcases the history of our state through its art. Sharra Frank creates a mosaic with thousands of pieces of hand-cut colored glass for Children's Hospital. Together since the early 90s, their soulful rock music continues to evolve. The Honeydogs perform.
    New Thursday, Apr 27 at 1am TPT MN
    New Thursday, Apr 27 at 7am TPT MN
    New Thursday, Apr 27 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #231 — Leon Hushcha + Caroline Smith
    Painter Leon Hushcha challenges artists to create collaborative works for his Guest Art Series. And, Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps perform at First Avenue.
    New Thursday, May 4 at 1am TPT MN
    New Thursday, May 4 at 7am TPT MN
    New Thursday, May 4 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #322 — MN Original Music Compilation
    MN Original Music Compilation features some of our favorite musicians performing around town and in our tpt studio: bluegrass band Monroe Crossing performs at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm in Maplewood; salsa ensemble Charanga Tropical plays tpt's Studio A; hip hop royalty Heiruspecs groove atop the Jonathan Padelford riverboat in Saint Paul; season 10 American Idol competitor Sophia Shorai stops by tpt's Studio A; gospel vocalist Robert Robinson sings at First Covenant Church in Minneapolis; folk duo Storyhill performs in the Wabasha Street Caves in Saint Paul; and alternative punk rockers The Suburbs play a tribute concert for the late Bruce Allen at First Avenue.
    New Wednesday, Mar 29 at 1am TPT MN
    New Wednesday, Mar 29 at 7am TPT MN
  • #323 — Kristen Lowe + Mason Jennings
    Kristen Lowe, an Assistant Professor in Art and Art History at Gustavus, tells stories with shared pictorials in charcoal and film. Painter Michael Birawer captures iconic landmarks in his 3-dimensional artwork. Michael Thomsen creates intricate sculptures out of found objects, his own paintings and discarded antiques. Singer/songwriter Mason Jennings performs at the Hollywood Theater in Northeast Minneapolis.
    New Wednesday, Apr 5 at 1am TPT MN
    New Wednesday, Apr 5 at 7am TPT MN
  • #324 — Wang Ping + Socaholix
    Author Wang Ping's Kinship of Rivers project celebrates the universal experience of lives lived along the Mississippi and Yangtze rivers. Renowned male vocal ensemble Cantus combines both classical and contemporary chamber music in their performance of Simple Gifts. Emily Gray Koehler uses collographs to add dimension to her reduction woodblock prints. Award-winning animator Tom Schroeder has been creating and directing films since 1990. Plus soul calypso band Socaholix performs in Studio A.
    New Wednesday, Apr 12 at 1am TPT MN
    New Wednesday, Apr 12 at 7am TPT MN
    New Wednesday, Apr 12 at 1pm TPT MN
  • #325 — Andre Salvadore + Astronautalis
    Black Label Movement's Artistic Director Carl Flink collaborates with biomedical engineer David Odde in The Moving Cell Project. Painter Andr? Salvadore finds inspiration for his work in childhood memories of coming to America as an Italian immigrant. Laura Hallen arranges unusual materials like tutus and painted marshmallows into plexiglas box casings to create her mixed-media sculptures. Plus, indie rapper Astronautalis performs The River, The Woods.
    New Wednesday, Apr 19 at 1am TPT MN
    New Wednesday, Apr 19 at 7am TPT MN
  • #326 — VocalEssence + fDeluxe
    Artistic Director Philip Brunelle founded the internationally acclaimed choral music ensemble VocalEssence in 1969. Figurative Painter Luke Hillestad, whose work is reminiscent of Italian masters, uses live models for his subjects. Composer Mary Ellen Childs incorporated clapping games and baseball coaching signals in the body percussion piece, Sight of Hand. And fDELUXE performs their funky single Gaslight at the Loring Theater.
    Wednesday, Apr 26 at 1am TPT MN
    Wednesday, Apr 26 at 7am TPT MN
  • #327 — Theatre in the Round + Alpha Consumer
    Theatre in the Round Players, with its community of volunteers, has been presenting work on an arena stage since 1952. More than one hundred pieces of correspondence from many of history's most notable composers make up The Gilman Ordway Manuscript Collection at The Schubert Club. Installation artist Harriet Bart transforms words and everyday objects into sculptural expressions of memory. And Jeremy Ylvisaker, Michael Lewis and J.T. Bates of Alpha Consumer perform.
    New Wednesday, May 3 at 1am TPT MN
    New Wednesday, May 3 at 7am TPT MN
  • #422 — Paul Shambroom + Alison Scott
    Internationally renowned photographer Paul Shambroom uses found images to explore themes of memory and loss. Poet Ed Bok Lee reads his poem "Ode to Bruce Lee" from his 2011 collection, "Whorled." Allen Brewer challenges ideas of perception, understanding and truth in a variety of mediums. And soulful singer/songwriter Alison Scott performs.
    Tuesday, Mar 28 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #423 — Joann Verburg + Cloud Cult
    The large-scale work of internationally known photographer JoAnn Verburg deals with concepts of time and perspective. Actor, playwright and Tony-nominated director Marion McClinton, protege to Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson, helped define African American theater. The philosophical chamber rock band Cloud Cult, led by Craig Minowa, releases their tenth album, "Love."
    New Tuesday, Apr 4 at 1am TPT MN
    New Tuesday, Apr 4 at 7am TPT MN
    New Tuesday, Apr 4 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #424 — Amy Baur and Brian Boldon + Greycoats
    Public artists Amy Baur and Brian Boldon incorporate digital images, glass and tile in their large-scale installations. Painter Gary Welton's study of movement is inspired by early stop motion photography. Fawzia Khan's former career as an OB/GYN and her experience as an immigrant give rise to her thoughtful sculptures and installations. Plus, literature and mythology influences the atmospheric music by the Anglo-rock quartet Greycoats.
    New Tuesday, Apr 11 at 1am TPT MN
    New Tuesday, Apr 11 at 7am TPT MN
    New Tuesday, Apr 11 at 1pm TPT MN
    New Tuesday, Apr 11 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #425 — Denise Prosek + Grant Hart
    Theater Latte Da's music director, Denise Prosek, explores the human condition through musical theater. Kurt Seaberg creates atmospheric Minnesota landscapes in his lithographs. Jim Denomie's paintings are recognized for their vibrant colors and representation of sensitive, historical issues. Sculptor and mixed-media artist Kristina Estell challenges viewers to question their understanding of nature and landscapes. And original member of the legendary local rock band Husker Du Grant Hart performs "So Far From Heaven" in tpt's Studio A.
    New Tuesday, Apr 18 at 1am TPT MN
    New Tuesday, Apr 18 at 7am TPT MN
    New Tuesday, Apr 18 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #426 — Graywolf Press + Spencer Wirth-Davis
    Poet Dobby Gibson releases a new book of poetry with Graywolf Press, one of the nation's leading nonprofit publishers. Founder and Artistic Director Susana Di Palma introduces the American-Spanish dance company and school Zorongo Flamenco. Gary Moss' love of Minnesota and the outdoors comes through in his photorealistic landscape and wildlife paintings. And Spencer "Big Cats" Wirth-Davis honors the memory of his mother with his instrumental hip hop and R+B album.
    Tuesday, Apr 25 at 1am TPT MN
    Tuesday, Apr 25 at 7am TPT MN
    Tuesday, Apr 25 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #427 — Jon Reischl + Phil Mattson
    Jon Reischl portrays the act of remembering in his vintage-hued paintings. Using the centuries-old art of stone lithography, Faye Passow gives her eclectic drawings rich texture and complex gradation. Expressionist Bettye Olson's career spans more than 60 years and is represented in permanent collections locally and internationally. Illustrator and collage artist Colin Johnson painstakingly assembles elements for his mixed-media work. And pianist, conductor and educator Phil Mattson is recognized as one of the top vocal jazz arrangers in the country.
    New Tuesday, May 2 at 1am TPT MN
    New Tuesday, May 2 at 7am TPT MN
    New Tuesday, May 2 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #515 — Minnesota Dance Theatre, Nicholas David
    Lise Houlton carries on the legacy of Minnesota Dance Theatre, reinforcing tradition and encouraging collaboration. Drury Brennan draws upon graffiti and Asian calligraphy in his large-scale typographical improvisations. Noted poet Robert Bly shares a poem from inside his private writing sanctuary he calls "The Little House. " A finalist from the television singing competition series,The Voice, Nicholas David writes and performs soulful music.
    New Friday, Mar 31 at 1am TPT MN
    New Friday, Mar 31 at 7am TPT MN
    New Friday, Mar 31 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #516 — Hend Al-Mansour and Chan Poling
    Hend Al-Mansour questions the role of women in Saudi Arabian society and puts women's rights at the forefront of her work. Deaf writer Raymond Luczak performs his poem "Birthright" in American Sign Language at the Heights Theater in Minneapolis. Asia Ward sculpts and suspends sculptures she calls "aluminum dreamscapes." Composer Chan Poling's classical and contemporary jazz training inspires his songwriting for musical theater and his alternative rock band, The Suburbs.
    New Friday, Apr 7 at 1am TPT MN
    New Friday, Apr 7 at 7am TPT MN
    New Friday, Apr 7 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #517 — Greg Gossel and Cornbread Harris
    Using a combination of screen-printing, collage and painting, Greg Gossel builds up his mixed-media pieces layer by layer. An artist in her own right, Laura Zabel has become a champion for the Twin Cities' artistic community in her work as Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts. Self-taught bluesman Samuel James "Cornbread" Harris Sr. reflects on a lifetime of playing piano gigs in the Twin Cities.
    New Friday, Apr 14 at 1am TPT MN
    New Friday, Apr 14 at 7am TPT MN
    New Friday, Apr 14 at 1pm TPT MN
    New Friday, Apr 14 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #518 — Tish Jones and Chris Mars
    Tish Jones' passion for language is evident in her poetry and in her work as a community organizer and educator. Tattoo artist Kurt Melancon works in a variety of other mediums including oil paint, scratch board, metal and wood. Chris Mars, former drummer for iconic Minneapolis rock band The Replacements, eventually left the music scene to pursue a career in visual arts.
    New Friday, Apr 21 at 1am TPT MN
    New Friday, Apr 21 at 7am TPT MN
    New Friday, Apr 21 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #519 — Phil Daniel and Adam Levy
    Phil Daniel's stained glass art mixes innovative techniques with centuries-old practices, resulting in modern works that are built to last. Inspired by and fascinated by nature, Moira Bateman abandoned a career in landscape architecture to pursue mixed-media art full time. Longtime Twin Cities musician Adam Levy's recent solo work reflects losing his young adult son, Daniel, to mental illness.
    New Friday, Apr 28 at 1am TPT MN
    New Friday, Apr 28 at 7am TPT MN
    New Friday, Apr 28 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #520 — Shana Kaplow and Haley Bonar
    Visual artist Shana Kaplow contrasts stark, photo-real depictions with abstract, disjointed panels to explore the notion of identity. Self-taught jeweler Gallen Benson has earned an international reputation with his intricate cloisonn? work. Jim Sannerud's turned wooden bowls are distinct in their oblong shapes, hand-carved details and vibrant milk paint finishes. Musician Haley Bonar performs on tpt's music series, The Lowertown Line.
    New Friday, May 5 at 1am TPT MN
    New Friday, May 5 at 7am TPT MN
    New Friday, May 5 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #702 — Shapiro & Smith Dance and Gear Daddies
    Joanie Smith of Shapiro & Smith Dance couples text and movement to envisage relationships in her choreography. Yudong Shen infuses his Asian brush paintings with color and contrast to create landscapes that reflect both China and Minnesota. Perci Chester creates larger-than-life metal sculptures using unexpected tools and techniques. The acclaimed Americana rock band, Gear Daddies, celebrates the 25th anniversary of their album "Billy's Life Bait" at First Avenue.
    New Monday, Apr 3 at 1am TPT MN
    New Monday, Apr 3 at 7am TPT MN
    New Monday, Apr 3 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #703 — Phil Vandervaart and Kristi Abbott
    From The Hard Times Cafe to The Fitzgerald Theater, places throughout the Twin Cities are marked by sign painter Phil Vandervaart. Kristi Abbott depicts beloved icons and landscapes with materials from around the globe in her vivid collages. Multimedia artist Philip Noyed's abstract paintings have evolved into eye-catching illuminated sculptures. Performers from the Twin Cities theater scene sing at Mucial Mondays, the monthly cabaret series at Hell's Kitchen.
    New Monday, Apr 10 at 1am TPT MN
    New Monday, Apr 10 at 7am TPT MN
    New Monday, Apr 10 at 1pm TPT MN
    New Monday, Apr 10 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #704 — Tyler Michaels and Mary Giles
    Actor Tyler Michaels, known for his physical, scene-stealing roles, has graced many Twin Cities stages. Rooted in the traditions of basket making, Mary Giles' work has evolved into sculptural pieces inspired by nature. William Souder is a renowned writer whose biography of John James Audubon was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. Neo-soul singer/songwriter Mayyadda performs her original song, Black is Beautiful, at Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis.
    New Monday, Apr 17 at 1am TPT MN
    New Monday, Apr 17 at 7am TPT MN
    New Monday, Apr 17 at 1pm TPT MN
    New Monday, Apr 17 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #801 — Eric Mueller, Andrea Jenkins and Prof
    Instagram helped photographer Eric Mueller fuel his creative side and in turn find a community of peers and tens of thousands of followers. Poet and LGBT activist Andrea Jenkins explains how her work informs and activates communities surrounding LGBT equality issues. Go behind the scenes with legendary rapper Prof as he begins work on a new album and performs at his annual event "Prof Outdoors."
    New Monday, Apr 24 at 1am TPT MN
    New Monday, Apr 24 at 7am TPT MN
    New Monday, Apr 24 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #802 — Eric William Carroll and Hmong Breakers Leadership Council
    Fascinated by science, Eric William Carroll tests the limits and boundaries of photography, creating work without the use of a camera. Vocalist and songwriter Aby Wolf and her band perform an acoustic version of Alone, a single off of her new album. New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Michael Hall's work is known for its bright, expressive imagery and clever word play. The Hmong Breakers Leadership Council is an organization focused on bringing diverse communities together through the art of break dancing.
    New Sunday, Apr 2 at 6pm TPT 2
    New Sunday, Apr 2 at 10:10pm TPT 2
    New Monday, Apr 3 at 4:05am TPT 2
    New Monday, Apr 3 at 9:30pm TPT LIFE
    New Tuesday, Apr 4 at 3:30am TPT LIFE
    New Sunday, Apr 9 at 3:30pm TPT LIFE
    New Monday, May 1 at 1am TPT MN
    New Monday, May 1 at 7am TPT MN
    New Monday, May 1 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #807 — Moheb Soliman and Ben Percy
    Moheb Soliman's interdisciplinary poetry deals with ideas of nature, place and identity. Artist Sharon Louden is also an educator, advocate for artists and editor of the series of books, "Living and Sustaining a Creative Life" series of books. From comics to essays, short stories and novels, author Ben Percy primarily seeks to thrill his readers.
    New Sunday, Apr 9 at 6pm TPT 2
    New Sunday, Apr 9 at 10:05pm TPT 2
    New Monday, Apr 10 at 4:05am TPT 2
    New Monday, Apr 10 at 9:30pm TPT LIFE
    New Tuesday, Apr 11 at 3:30am TPT LIFE
    New Monday, May 8 at 1am TPT MN
    New Monday, May 8 at 7am TPT MN
  • #808 — Shanan Custer and Shawn Carling
    Writer, actor and director Shanan Custer creates new work with heart and comedic flare. Shawn Carling is known the world over for his custom-crafted machine age era lamps. Before she found Hollywood success, Lea Thompson began her artistic career in Minnesota. Lindsay Locatelli creates jewelry pieces that resonate with her as an artist, often flying in the face of the mainstream jewelry market.
    New Sunday, Apr 16 at 6pm TPT 2
    New Sunday, Apr 16 at 10:05pm TPT 2
    New Monday, Apr 17 at 4:05am TPT 2
    New Monday, Apr 17 at 9:30pm TPT LIFE
    New Tuesday, Apr 18 at 3:30am TPT LIFE
    New Friday, Apr 21 at 9:30pm TPT 2
    New Saturday, Apr 22 at 3:30am TPT 2
  • #809 — Katha Dance Theater and Booka B
    Rita Mustaphi performs and choreographs kathak dance, a classical North Indian dance form. Nigerian painter and sculptor Omo Oba (Prince) Adetomiwa A. Gbadebo's work is large, bold and inspired by his personal journey. Melissa Cooke creates her hyper-realistic drawings by subtracting from the page, not adding to it. DJ and artist Booka B throws down new beats, prints and paintings.
    New Sunday, Apr 23 at 6pm TPT 2
    New Sunday, Apr 23 at 10:05pm TPT 2
    New Monday, Apr 24 at 4:05am TPT 2
    New Monday, Apr 24 at 9:30pm TPT LIFE
    New Tuesday, Apr 25 at 3:30am TPT LIFE
  • #810 — Ifrah Mansour and Jane Wunrow
    Somali American multimedia artist Ifrah Mansour explores perceptions of identity and understanding through lived experience. Sculptor Jennifer Shea Hedberg creates dazzling ice lanterns all year round. Musician Eric Mayson performs Aces. Upon entering motherhood, Jane Wunrow discovered she had to be open to using new mediums, spaces and times for her creative practice. And Shapiro and Smith Dance perform The Gist.
    New Sunday, Apr 30 at 6pm TPT 2
    New Sunday, Apr 30 at 10:05pm TPT 2
    New Monday, May 1 at 4:05am TPT 2
    New Monday, May 1 at 9:30pm TPT LIFE
    New Tuesday, May 2 at 3:30am TPT LIFE
  • #811 — Layne Kennedy and Electric Machete Studios
    New Sunday, May 7 at 6pm TPT 2
    New Sunday, May 7 at 10:03pm TPT 2
    New Monday, May 8 at 4:03am TPT 2

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