What does the Earth need?

Happy April!

For EARTH DAY City Repair set up the T-Horse in the park blocks at PSU serving free tea for the community, offering workshops and a space for community to gather. I offered an art project painting canvas flags with the prompt of  “What does the EARTH need?”

What would you write? What do you want to see in the world??

Personally I want to see people following their dreams and communities coming together to support one another in making those dreams happen!

Thanks to Scrap PDX for donating art supplies and helping to make this possible!

 

Click here to learn more about the history of the T-horse and check out the video below to learn more about the soon to be newest member of the City Repair T-fleet the T-Crab!


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/214344466″>City Repair’s Tea Crab — Crowd-funded Bike Pedaled Community Space!</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user3340662″>Colin Platt</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

This spring I started working with Three Sisters Nixtamal, an organic tortilla company making traditionally made masa and corn tortillas. They source all of their corn from small organic farms in Oregon and Mexico. It’s so wonderful working with wonderful people like Pedro, Audri and Wendy and being at the PSU farmers market (kin)necting with farmers and local business people! When we support farms growing organic corn we are pretty much giving monsanto the middle finger and telling the world that we believe in an organic future!! 🙂


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/97882647″>SEED: The Untold Story (Official Theatrical Trailer) (UK/AUS/NZ)</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/collectiveeyefilms”>Collective Eye Films</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Seeds are the forefront of a revolution that values food sovereignty and healthy soil. I feel so happy to live in a community where we can plant seeds and get dirty in the garden. I love watching seeds grow into strong plants and watching Esther Plum the youngest angel of the homestead grow into a strong and healthy baby.

I have been working more with herb faeries and getting to know all the magic they offer us. Flowers are medicine for our souls and bodies.

The sun is coming out and I am putting my creative energy towards drawing, gardening and (kin)necting with my neighbors and housemates. In collaboration with my neighbors we drew out the new design for the intersection painting for this years Village Building Convergence! So stoked to live in a neighborhood where we value our relations and show up to work on projects together.

Happy days to you all! May you blow with the wind and also remember that “You are the Universe taking charge!”

 

Artist in Residency in Mexico!

Hi friends!! ❤

I am stoked to announce that I was accepted into an artist in residency in southern Mexico for summer 2017! It’s an instructional residency that includes 3 weeks of master instruction in Mexican textile techniques including how to use a traditional back-strap loom!

Special thank you to all the folks that helped me fundraise for this opportunity!! ❤ ❤

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Check out this link to find out more about this residency: Mexican Textiles Instructional Artist Residency: Weaving

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Mexican textiles are the expression of Mexico’s diversity and complex sociocultural systems; through their narratives, iconographies, and techniques, they reflect a multiplicity of artistic traditions and identities. Clothing in Mexico signals wealth and power, they incorporate elements of class and gender differentiation in the process of performing and negotiating identities. Therefore the intricate language of textiles reflects a history of contention and resistance as a result of the amalgamation and negotiation of Mesoamerican and European civilizations.

Textiles are also sources of information for the cultural patrimony of each community. Both weaving and embroidery are techniques used to develop complex narratives, and are important ideologically in structuring roles and identity patterns. In Oaxaca, the diversity of textiles is as rich as the natural environment. Each weave and embroidery has had a destiny, and with the complex process of assimilation and negotiation, some have disappeared or have suffered gradual or radical transformation; other have become more sophisticated in their narratives, techniques and/or coloring.

Warm with gratitude,

SB