“Anyone can do something with a million dollars. Look at Disney,” Prisbrey once said. “But it takes more than money to make something out of nothing, and look at the fun I have doing it.”
Enjoy a must-watch documentary short on Tressa “Grandma” Prisbrey. Part of the Visions of Paradise documentary series directed by Allie Light and Irving Saraf.
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.via Light-Saraf Films
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