for the last three years i’ve had the great pleasure to create and provide the decorations for a kids bike parade. I hand-make streamers out of used plastic bags + salvaged veggie twist ties.
HOW i ride my bike all over town visiting various large-chain grocery stores where people ‘recycle’ their disposable plastic bags i don my gloves and dig through the bags of bags searching for beautiful colours most bags are not desirable: thin white safeway beige yellow buy-low grey home depot yuck.
A gem would be solid red or blue sears, multicoloured record store, white and pink hello-kitty! I’ll post instructions sometime.
here’s the thing with this work. it’s not collectable. it doesn’t hang on your wall. it’s not new. is it even art? just because some kid hung my quote work on their bike for a few days and rode in a parade… i suppose the kids feel validated for loving their bikes for fun and freedom, parade viewers see the bikes and feel hopeful for the future. i feel good too. okay.
I sewed her this blue fuzzy heart filled with lavender harvested from our garden in vancouver the letter B embroidered on it is slightly raised so betty can feel it with her fingers her eyes don’t work anymore but her memories sure do!
after the neighbour came over with his tractor-attached-auger and dug holes for the alpaca fence we discovered great wads of clay what better to make a house with? love the viscereal feel and manual work we shared to prepared the clay
for my friends who
led interpretive walks taught twine-making created art with nature talked with birds and other goodness at -Spirit Fish- a community art and environment festival i helped create last year. see five more cards Read More
these young fellows are very skilled at making things due to the encouragement they have received from parents who take them to community art events, and also their experiences at gatherings such as Fire Maker where they learn primitive skills such as making a bow and arrow or learning to skin a rabbit.
while you cannot see it in this picture one of these lanterns featured an owl and a fern.
having the kids present brought much lightness and a sense of welcome and rightness to this workshop. as did the candidness and contribution of all who were there! THANKS ALL!
connection in the dark days making things together so basic so human we are
how to make pickled beets : salvage beets from farmers field peel wash slice thinly arrange as star for photograph add salt with no iodine add tiny bit water caraway seeds wash bucket mix all wash plate make weight to rest on plate maybe another smaller bucket with water in it or maybe a giant clean rock press PRESS wait WAIT cover with cloth stir every few days and press some more make sure to keep the beets completely submerged so add brine if needed