During the Plant Art / Plant Science week at Hirvitalo, I conducted a few workshops on composting and soil! Here are some photos:
The idea was to make sculptures out of plants. First we went out looking for interesting plants to make art out of.
Unfortunately, three hours wasn’t enough time to finish my “Plant Yeti” — maybe next time….
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:
I put together a giant ball of used yarn gathered from second hand shops here in Warsaw. It has about 3000m in it.
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).
Also there was some carving of crochet hooks. Suva made these gorgeous hooks! A master he is.
Upstairs was a room and microclimate to grow sprouts. The Sprout Room.
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.
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.