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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….

Aug 132013
 

MEANWHILE in the continuing saga of mapping the area around CSW UJAZDOWSKI (Center of Contemporary Art) here in Warsaw……

WHEN: SUNDAY NOON AUGUST 18 — NIEDZIELA 18.08.2013, 12.00
WHERE: MEET in the CSW Courtyard — Spotkajmy się na podwórku CSW

Let’s see what sort of useful or edible WILDNESS is growing in the UW BOTANICAL GARDEN. There is a big empty spot on our MAP that lies behind a gate in a very cultivated place known as a Botanical Garden, but what sort of interesting things and adventures await us there? Come and find out! (Please note that it will cost 6 PLN to get in, unless you are very young, very old or a student — then it’s 3 PLN).

Jadalnia Warszawa Map 8

 

Jan 072013
 

Jodie Baltazar

A filmmaker and photographer named Piotr Małecki has been making beautiful little photo-film essays about Warszawians, and he recently finished one about me. I find it (that is to say, myself) a bit melancholy: a tiny bit of hope amid mounds of difficulty and sorrow. Or is that simply melodrama? You decide.

Be sure to watch all of Piotr’s other movies (subtitled as necessary). They are gems.

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.