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Apr 302014
 

The idea was to make sculptures out of plants. First we went out looking for interesting plants to make art out of.

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I found some burrs. I got the idea to make a sort of burr helmet or burr-haired head.
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A couple of women made a cool mandala-thing, but I didn’t get a picture of the final work.
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With some cedar and a basket, I made a body.
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Omar replanted willows.
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As they grow, Hirvitalo can use the branches to make a nice entrance into the yard.
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Unfortunately, three hours wasn’t enough time to finish my “Plant Yeti” — maybe next time….

Oct 092012
 
Beautiful Sunflowers Giants

Beautiful Sunflower Giants

Anne Savite from Hirvitalo sent this photo of what happened to the sunflower sprouts we planted as part of the “Craft of the Cannibal” exhibit back in April. They took the left-over sprouts from the Sprout Room in the exhibition and planted them in the garden. What beautiful giants!

The Sprout Room

The Sprout Room

 

Anne also did this awesome performance incorporating crocheted pieces. I love the delighed older women watching it on the street. The Birth of the Worm? Yes!

Apr 202012
 

I’ve already been back for awhile, but wanted to share these photos of the CRAFT OF THE CANNIBAL exhibit and workshop at Hirvitalo in the awesome neighborhood of Pipsala in Tampere, Finland. I don’t have any photos of the opening, but here is a little action from the day after:

People and their hooks

People and their hooks

I put together a giant ball of used yarn gathered from second hand shops here in Warsaw. It has about 3000m in it.

Inside the big ball of yarn

Inside the big ball of yarn

Big Ball of Yarn

Big Ball of Yarn

It hung from the ceiling and people could either add some stitches, or use it to learn how to crochet, which in fact turned out to be unnecessary since many Finns already know how to crochet. The idea was to collectively knit a blanket. Hirvitalo told me they would put the ball in the public library, since in two weeks only about 18 inches (50cm?) was finished. It takes a long time to crochet something! We dyed yarn with plants: apple bark, tumeric, madder, and compost (mostly coffee grounds).

Madder Dye

Madder Dye

DIY Crochet Hooks

DIY Crochet Hooks

Also there was some carving of crochet hooks. Suva made these gorgeous hooks! A master he is.

The Sprout Room

The Sprout Room

Upstairs was a room and microclimate to grow sprouts. The Sprout Room.

Cannibal Monster - Father

Cannibal Monster – Father

There was also an exhibition of my Cannibal Monsters, which caused quite a controversy. Who would have thought? Fortunately, I had my “artist statement” at hand.

Snow in Finland on April 2

Snow in Finland on April 2

The craziest thing of all is that it snowed 40 cm on April 2. The best thing of all is that I met some really fine people.