Monday, December 13, 2010

Inspiration for Monday morning!

Whilst visiting Abigail Doan's wonderful blog this morning I found two article's I wanted to post on here. Read about her at the greenmuseum.org. She describes herself as:

"a writer and environmental fiber artist residing in NYC and Europe. 
My eco-textile and art farming projects are a means to create sustainable 
solutions and visual links to the global challenges we collectively face."

 This eco-art blog I like to visit for inspiration featured artist Kevin Inkawhich some time ago and the Seed Project which I'll focus on  as well.








'Kevin Inkawhich crafts the most heart palpitatingly natural mobiles. Using dried leaves, seeds, pods, branches, and delicate wire armatures, his floating sculptural pieces make any room or exhibition space flutter with organicism. They are lyrical, resourceful, and an homage of sorts to the fact that the best design is always, in essence, nature-based.'



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Kevin Inkawhich

 Also at Abigail's blog:



Ruth Asawa in her San Francisco studio via Community of Creatives

this article below on Abigail Doan is well worth a read:

Returning to and from THE LAND: Connectivity and Crafting Residency




ABIGAIL DOAN

THE LAND/an art site is located eighty miles southeast of Albuquerque in the
pinon and juniper-scented foothills of New Mexico's Manzano Mountains. The pueblo mission ruins of Salinas National Monument are situated nearby, as is the train-whistle-punctuated town of Mountainair, the former pinto-bean capital of the world and the now faded hub of the Santa Fe Railway. As THE LAND's September 2006 artist-in-residence, I prepared myself for an immersive week of surveying and studying the unique characteristics of this remote art and conservation site.










all images form the Land Views site.

also from Landviews:

Abigail Doan is an environmental artist and activist. Her work has been exhibited in conjunction with the United Nation's Environment Programme, Art into Action/The Natural World Museum, and in group exhibits worldwide. Abigail is a contributing editor to Supernaturale.com, where she writes about art farming, craft, and the use of fiber in the landscape. She recently exhibited her 'Crocheted Snow' series at Lafayette College's Williams Center Art Gallery, in an exhibit called, "On Ice". Her work appears on Greenmuseum.org, in periodicals such as Knit Knit, and in the recently published book, Craftivity. Her 'Tumbleweeds' will be exhibited this April in the show, "Stretched Threads", at The Atlantic Center for The Arts in Central Florida. For more information on Abigail's projects, go toabigaildoan.blogspot.com.


NOW... the next thing I wanted to share found at Abigail's blog was this:



http://abigaildoan.blogspot.com/2007/04/seed-project.html



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watch this one minute video!

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Matthew Gehring


Monica Hernadez







Joan Fitsimmons





Gina Fuentes Walker - apple seeds







The Seed project began in 2006 by David Cohen, an installation artist.


The Seed project engages people all over the world plant to plant seeds creatively, creating individual art projects. The growth is then documented digitally. The digital images are compiled and placed together to form a “Virtual Field”  that can be seen  online. The components of the actual field exist in many separate places at once; sort of a diaspora of plants.
The plants can be grown freely in any configuration the planter chooses and the images can express the individuality of the grower as well. Planters are also free to choose to grow whatever seeds they choose. The three criteria are that the plants must be:

1 non-spreading,
2 non-invasive and
3 grown legally.
When a person participates by planting the seeds they become connected to a collective group of artists and activists. There are opportunities to meet potential collaborators and work creatively on other projects separate from the Seed Project. The seed becomes symbolic of these new collectives. 





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School project





Anyone can join in this seed project!

14 comments:

Mary Zeran said...

thank you Sophie!!! Beautiful and thought provoking.

Sophie Munns said...

Post exhibition and book I have returned to seeing what is out there to explore. Amazing what you find when you have the time and follow threads!
lovely to hear from you Mary!
S

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Fabulous post, Sophie! I love the mobiles and hanging sculptures!! As always, I am indebted to you for opening my eyes to new wonders and possibilities!! THANK YOU!!

Sophie Munns said...

Glad you enjoyed reading this post Gloria...
It was such a good find for a monday...I need to be inspired and then all these things showed up!
Pleasure to share..I so enjoy knowing people like you in blogosphere I can tell you Gloria!
Sophie

Elaine said...

I love the mobiles, Sophie. Thank you for posting about The Seed Project - it sounds so very interesting!

Sophie Munns said...

Lovely to hear form you Elaine... after xmas I want to do something for the seed project... it would be great with kids too I think.

Hope you have a lovely festive season.... and it was great to meet you this year online!
S

Anonymous said...

really an eye opener for me.

- Robson

sophiemunns2010 said...

thanks for leaving a comment...
Sophie

Dom said...

message très très intéressant.
Merci.
Dom

Sophie Munns said...

Delighted you visited Dom...
thanks for you comment!
S

Abigail Doan said...

Thanks for this super lovely post, Sophie. I am delighted that you found all of this information inspiring and creatively fertile. Love what you do!

My very best ~ Abigail

sophiemunns2010 said...

Thanks for visiting Abigail. After a hugely busy year I finally found time on that recent Monday to wander ... so was extremely delighted to find all these things to share on your wonderful work and blog.
I'd of course already posted on your blog before but this time was able to really discover what you've been doing and was so pleased to share this.
Wishing you wonderful things for 2011.
Sophie

em said...

so interesting! thanks for this!

Sophie Munns said...

thanks for popping in here Em.... wrong time of year for seeds for you!
S

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