I’m a self taught fiber mixed media installation artist here in Burien Washington.

Welcome any inquires about my work or if you are interested in available pieces or commissioning a piece. You can email me at dannymansmith@gmail.com

the things i make



Working with my hands has saved my life.

Instead of being the fastest or the smartest I found my strength, sanctuary and cushion from the world in making art.

My grandma gave me my first art lessons when I was very young. She sewed my clothes growing up and this influenced me to later teach myself how to use the sewing machine – allowing imperfections, emotions, and child like energies to fuel and inspire me to create.

I want to push myself to make art with the things around me, to be resourceful and to follow my heart’s inspiration.

Making something wearable, drawing with sharpies or the sewing machine, sculpting, to creating installations that incorporate all of these elements has become my spirituality – my survival..


University House Wallingford, “Felt and Fiber”, October 16 – February 12, 2023, Seattle, WA

Highline Heritage Museum, “Solo Show”, March 1 – April 30, 2023, Burien Wa

University House Wallingford, “Like Mother”, traveling group exhibition, Feb 13- June 19, 2022, Seattle, WA

Oliva Gallery, “56 Milwaukee”, group exhibition, March 11, 2022, Chicago, IL

Columbia City Gallery, “1000 Autumns”, Chau Huynh, Alexis Ortiz, Danny Mansmith, June 26 – August 8, 2021, Burien, WA

Highlife Heritage Museum, “Like Mother”, traveling group exhibition, June – August, 2021, Burien, WA

Vashon Center for the Arts, “Like Mother”, traveling group exhibition, May 7 – 30, 2021, Vashon, Wa

Gallery IMA, Stitch in Time: Found Objects Through the Lens of Crafting, March 5th – March 31st, 2020, Seattle, WA

Scarlet Ibis Gallery, “Mirrors: An Exhibit of Self-Portraits”, March 1st-April 30th, 2020, Burien, WA

MAX Gallery, “On The Surface”, September 30th – November 7th, 2019, Seattle, WA

Valise Gallery, Two person Show with Dot Cherch, June, 2019, Vashon, WA

Community Folk Arts, “LookieLookie”, April 5th- April 28th, 2019, Burien, WA

The Lakeshore, “Traveling Textiles”, October 11, 2018 – February 2, 2019, Seattle, WA

BallardWorks, “Textures”, August 16th – September 5th, 2018, Seattle ,WA

Mt. Baker Artspace, “Opera Navale”, with Alexis Ortiz, August 11- September 1, 2018, Seattle, WA

Aljoya Thorton Place, “Like Mother, Like Daughter ” {Plus A Few Sons}, traveling group exhibition, June 2 – September 9, 2018, Seattle, WA

Scarlet Ibis Gallery, “No Closets”, June1 – July31, 2018, Burien, WA

Phinney Neighborhood Center, “2018 Seattle Recycled Arts Festival”, May 11 & 12, 2018, Seattle, WA

Valise Gallery, “Love show”, February 2 – 24, 2018, Vashon, WA

Ida Culver House Broadview, “High in Fiber”, January 16 – May 12, 2018, Seattle, WA

The Maverick, “Eight Doorways”, an evolving site specific installation over the course of three months, January-March, 2018, Burien,WA

Burien Community Center, “Drawings and Textile Work”, January 9 – 31, 2018, Burien, WA

Mt. Baker Artspace, “Fiber Show and Sale”, December 9, 2017, Seattle, WA

Black Zia Cantina, “B-Town Beat Art Walk Group Show”, July 2017, Burien, WA

Mt. Baker Artspace, “Fierce Femme Summer Edition”, July 2017, Seattle, WA

Mt. Baker Artspace, “Make-Do Quilt Show”, March 11, 2017, Seattle, WA

COCA, Center On Contemporary Art, “35 Live”, March23, 2016, Seattle, WA

Kirkland Arts Center, “Mrs. Goldberg: A Curated Life” , June 2015, Kirkland ,WA

Gay City Health Project, “Imaginative Explorations“, April 9 – May 14, 2015, Seattle, WA

Charles Allis Art Museum, “Unis: The Origin of the Unicorn”, August-September, 2014, Milwaukee, WI

Museo Gallery, “I Can’t Believe It’s Fiber”, May 2014, Langley, WA

Burien Community Center, “New Beginnings”, April-May, 2014, Burien, WA

Blowing Sands/Laura Frost Fine Arts Gallery, “Proletkult III”, September 14, 2013, Seattle, WA

Phinney Center Gallery, “Dancing Surfaces”, Surface Design Association Washington, August 7 – September 27, 2013, Seattle, WA

Tashiro-Kaplan Artist Lofts Building, “12th Annual 30 Day Art Challenge Exhibit”, December , 2012, Seattle, WA

PerficalSense Studio Art Salon, “Grand Reinvention”, November 3, 2012, Evanston, IL

Spazio Libenter, “esserci, non essendoci” , group exhibition Milano, Italy , April 18-19, 2012

Believe Inn, “Hold Fast To Dreams”, group show December 2 – December 24, 2011

Tsubo Salon, “Lost + Found”, Anca Gray and Danny Mansmith, November 12, 2011

Woolen Mill Gallery, “Offshoots”, Warmfarm resident artist alumni, August 26-September 10, 2011

PerficalSense Studio, “LeUm’phor: an Exploration” works by Danny Mansmith and Alexis Ortiz, April 16, 2011

Hyde Park Art Center,”Not Just Another Pretty Face”, November 20, 2010 – February 20, 2011

Lillstreet Art Center, “Danny Mansmith, Solo Exhibition”, September 17 – October 8, 2010

Avram Eisen Gallery, “Bert Menco and Danny Mansmith”, October 9 – 28, 2009

Artists of Eastbank Building, “Conversations in Clay: Merging Media”, October 10 – 17, 2009

Noyes Cultural Arts Center, “Stitch Me A Story”, September 16 – November 10, 2009

Santa Fe Weaving Gallery, “Body Sculpture”, June 9 – 15, 2009

Northern Illinois University Art Museum, “Crossing Threads, Crossing Boundaries”, January 20, 2009 – March 6, 2009

MN Gallery, Solo Exhibition, “Life Through The Sewing Machine”, October 24, 2008 – November 9, 2008

Indie Collective Gallery, September 6 – October 24, 2008

Hyde Park Art Center, “Not Just Another Pretty Face”, October 18, 2008 – January 17, 2009

Foutainhead Gallery, “Pens & Needles”, works by Shawna Handke and Danny Mansmith, June 4-June 21, 2008

Ridge Art,”Fabric and Fabricators: Four Textile Artists”, May 16 – August, 2008

Hyde Park Art Center, Gallery 4, “Soft Life “,January 20 -March 30, 2008

Hyde Park Art Center, “Double Walkers, Transfigurations Thru Fashion”, December 7-16, 2007

Gallery 659, “Off The Wall”, November 27-December 30, 2007

Suffolk Museum,”Women of Steel, Men of Cloth,” September 15, 2007-October 21,2007

NeoCon 2007,Herman Miller Chicago Showroom,June 11,12,13,2007


Gallery659,”Men @ Work”,April 6-April 30,2007

Gallery659,”Founders Show”,March 2-March 31,2007

Artstream Studios,”Extreme Textiles” March 1-April 30,2007

Edna Carlesten Gallery at University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point,”Clothing as Metaphor”,March 11-April 8,2007

Chicago Cultural Center,”Stitching Salon” January 2,2007-February 28,2007, fiber based sculpture

Artformz Alternative Gallery,”It’s SO unfair”November 11-January 9,2007,installation of 7’ tall fabric,wood figure with 600 paper flowers

Judy A Saslow Gallery, “Scene in Chicago”, October 20-Nomember 25 ,2006 fiber sculpture and two dimensional works

Old Market,”Static”,October 13-31,2006,collaborative works with Theaster Gates

Artformz Alternative Gallery,”Extraordinary Worlds”,September 9-November 7, 2006,two dimensional and three dimensional fiber based works

Art on Armitage, a window gallery, June 2006,installation of mixed media sculpture

Morpho Gallery, “Visions of the Unknown”, April-May 2006, fiber sculpture

Artformz, “Colorblind”, March-April 2006, Miami, FL, work made with a limited color palate

Reversible Eye, “Doll and Puppet Show”, January 2006, fabric and paper dolls

Cornelia Arts Building, “Between the Lines”, May 2005, fiber sculpture, bags, and wearable art

Morpho Gallery, “Dream=Land”, December 2005, paper and fabric sculpture

Gross Park Sculpture Invitational, “Look Up. Look In. Look Out.”, flora and fauna inspired fiber sculpture

Izzo/Jones Gallery, “Artropolis”, 2004, paper and fabric sculpture

Soul Café, “Frayed Knot”, 2004, fabric Sculpture and paper and fabric collage

Gross Park Sculpture Invitational, Rejectamenta, 2004, found paper and fabric sculpture

Plastiscene Loft, “33 1/3”, 2004, fabric and paper sculpture

Gallery 203, “Want to Wear”, 1994, clothing and paper and fabric collageArt Shows
Other Events

Soft Sculpture:Dolls and Figures workshop at my home studio, March 16th, 2020

Cunning Crow Apothecary & Witches Temple’s 2nd Annual Psychic Faire and Pop-Up Market, July 7th, 2019, The Fremont Foundry Atrium.

Soft Sculpture: Dolls and Figures class at my home studio, October 13 and 14, 2018

Vision 20/20 Show and Sale, Burien Community Center, November 18, 2017

Illuminated Orphans, October 12, 2017

Gift Show, Burien Art Gallery, December 2- 24, 2016

Vision 20/20 Show and Sale, Burien Community Center, November 19, 2016

Seattle Sampling Art Tour, December 4-6, 2015

Vision 20/20 Show and Sale, Burien Community Center, November 21, 2015

Seattle Sampling Art Tour, December 5-7, 2014

B Town Beat, downtown Burien’s monthly art walk, guest artist at Start Fresh Market, June 5th, 2014, 6pm-9pm

Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop, “Featured Artist”, Saturday 7, 2013, during the Port Townsend, WA Gallery Walk and through the month of September 2013

OddMall Seattle, Emporium Of The Weird, September 22, 2013, 10am-6pm, Lynwood Convention Center, Washington

Urban Craft Uprising Summer Show, July 13 and 14, 2013, 11am-5pm, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

4th Annual Gifted Holiday Bazaar 2012, December 9th, noon – 5pm, Feedback Lounge

3rd Annual Artful Giving Sale, December 1st and 2nd, 2012, PercifalSense Studio and Art Salon

Artwear Unlimited Fall/Winter Show and Sale October 24-26, 2012

Artwear Unlimited Spring/Summer Show and Sale April 25-27, 2012

Wrapped Figure workshop February 4, 2012, Art In”stitch”tute Chicago

2nd Annual Artful Giving Sale December 2-4, 2011, PerficalSense Studio

Artist Wreath Invitational, lill Street Art Center, November 30, 2007

Artist Trunk Show and Sale at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, October 26, 2007, Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28,2007

Cornelia Arts Holiday Sale, Cornelia Fine Arts Building, 2003, 2004, 2005

Out There Art Fair, Wood Street Gallery, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Art for Charity Days, Cornelia Fine Arts Building, 2004

Workshops And Other Events

Wormfarm Institute Residency October 12 – 18, 2009

Chicago Gardens Past & Present, collaboration with Cathi Bouzide, June 17 – August 16, 2000

The Fields Project, Oregon, IL June 14 – June 22, 2008

Artist in Residence at Caro D’Offay Gallery for “The Colorist Chess” October, 2007

Ravenswood Art Walk, 2006, 2007, 2008

Symposium on Contemporary Textiles in Illinois at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, The Boys Meet the Girls Panel, Sunday, November 4, 2007

Lillstreet Art Center,Sculptural hand bag class late summer and early fall sessions 2007

Elm Place Middle School,discussion about my work and demonstration of collaged musical instruments with the themes of the Harlem Renaissance given to the 6,7,and 8 graders of Beth Lucker’s art classes

Braeside Elementary School, Art Night, 2006 – fabric doll demonstration

Fabric, 2005, Roosevelt University – demonstration of fiber art methods

Art: The Fiber of Education, 2004, Michigan Art Education Association, Battle Creek Michigan – artist talk and demonstration of fiber art methods Altered
In The Collection Of

Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery

Herman Miller

J. Robert Duncan

Ruth Horwich

23 thoughts on “about

  1. Thank you for your work! I am also a self-taught artist , and working with my hands has saved my life as well and its my spiritual food , my everything. I also have 2 cats and spend my days besides them trying to build a plan for my art since I decided not to work in the midst of stress and the urge of money. I am a Portuguese living in Macau, China. Thank you again.

  2. Danny, great work and a beautiful blog you have. While I work primarily in metal, I do blog frequently about other local area fiber artists. Just added myself as a new follower. Nice to meet you! -Patricia

    1. Hi Patricia, thank you for your interest in what i do, it was two years that i moved here from Chicago, so it is so great to meet other local creatives and new friends !, sendin smiles to you

  3. My heart jumped high when I came across your creative world……Thank you so very much for sharing. You are an amazing artist!!

  4. Joy in meeting you today at the W/S/ Post 0ffice. Nice site look forward to see you again and I’ll bring a piece of Art and some photos. Talk soon Pinky Blackwell 206-250-9327 or pinkyblackwell@mac.com my web site is down for now . Ill be back someday soon. Best regards. Enjoy this beautiful day. Pinky

    1. Hi Pinky, so sweet you looked me up and lovely you started a little conversation, Thank you!
      easier way to connect might be on Instagram or the Fazebook…hehe
      Yes would love to keep in touch!
      sendin my smiles

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