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Apr 122014
 

uo_logoTomorrow is the first event for Uprawiajmy na Ochocie, a series of workshops for Ochota residents.

We will be learning about how to get started with growing food in your apartment and on your balcony. Lots of possibilities from the easiest (onions in bottles, sprouts) to the more difficult (tomatoes, peppers). All you need to bring is a container (pot, bottle, old shoe??)

It all starts at 11 am in the common building at the Zelmot Allotment Gardens in Ochota (where Pixxe Garden is located). There may still be time to sign up. https://www.facebook.com/groups/603740809715692/

If you can’t make it, there are still two more workshops in May!

 

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.