Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Grandma's Bottle Village: The Art of Tressa Prisbrey

Grandma's Bottle Village: The Art of Tressa Prisbrey. A film directed and produced by Irving Saraf and Allie Light (1982). "...Grandma Tressa Prisbrey built her first bottle house to hold her 17,000 pencils. This was the beginning of The Bottle Village in Simi Valley, Calif. At 84, Grandma Prisbrey is a vivacious guide to her brilliant houses crammed with objects scavenged from the county dump. At her wittiest-she sings, jokes with her older sister, and combs through the dump. The film is an exploration of Grandma Prisbrey's creativity, pizzazz and sense of the absurd. The film lovingly documents the interiors of 15 of her houses, including Cleopatra's Bedroom, The Round House, as well as the marvelous sidewalk mosaics - all masterpieces of assemblage art and tapestries of artifacts from the first half of the 20th century."


Blogger JJ said...

Did you know the date of this post (January 17)is the anniversary date of The Northridge Earthquake? The epicenter was close enough to severely damage Bottle Village. Have you ever been there? I met Grandma in 1976 and have been involved one way or another ever since. Just started Bottle Village Blogsite Found your blog while looking for references about Bottle Village.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've spent the nite reading about Grandma prisbrey. I stumbled on to her while search for a gift for my mom's b-day. She has been collecting bottles most of her life. Most of which she dug herself. Did you see the site selling deeds to bottle village for 20? I would really like a copy of the clip but it is impossible.

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