On these snowy winter days, we have the opportunity to become more conscious of the paths of our fellow travelers, as sidewalks and forests alike transform into a palimpsest of footprints. In the city, a pedestrian might stomp a path through a sidewalk snow drift that is then gratefully used by other commuters; in the woods we can trace ski trails and boot prints to discover which trails are most traveled. A pile of rocks or a broken branch can indicate a suggested direction when no trail has been blazed: we must remember to look up as well as down! - caitlin van dusen
we’re having a big sale.
this Saturday + Sunday
@ The Old American Can Factory
242 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
join us and several other Can Factory makers for a Gowanus Holiday Shop
beautiful craft by larryolmstead who mentored me through the early phases of my sustainable leather manufacturing business:
The secret is in the process. Old school masters had three aspects of their work: to protect, their tools, techniques, and materials. Nowadays, I’m pretty open about it in an effort to keep the traditions alive and inspire other makers learning…
Eight years ago, when I was asked to direct a national project documenting North American foodways - working under seven of our country’s most esteemed conservationists, chefs, and farmers - I jumped at the opportunity. It was a remarkable project that changed my life and it’s with great pleasure that Pakistani-American ethnobotanist, Sarah Khan, PhD, has just written an article featuring many of the Native American chefs, farmers and retailers that were our collaborators and our guides. They’re continuing the work - as they’ve always done.
made from water-engorged vegetable cellulose
they transcribe the sensation
of swelling and constriction.
they sit atop a large acrylic lake
with a gold mirror bottom.
I have calendula flowers + comfrey leaves steeping in almond oil today. I'm making a tissue strengthening & healing oil for a breast cancer patient. Pine, rosemary and lavender to be added.
(Rosemary is warming and stimulates the lymph tissue. Pine contains compounds that have been successfully used to destroy cancerous cells and Calendula helps treat fibrocystic conditions. Comfrey is just all around great for our skin.)
Happy to announce that as of last Monday, after two seasons of study, I’m now a certified herbalist. The beginning of much, and more.
Many thanks to @MicheleFGartner of mfgchange.com + Canada’s Trico Foundation for bringing me into such a thoughtful and inspired conversation on non-western forms of philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and the meeting of art, ethnography and design. Looking forward to following Michele’s work and to keeping our conversation going.
WHAT’S NEW IN THE SHOP:
A Collection of Sea Chanties
A Knotted Sea Net Bag
An Elfin Fisherman & A Very Big Snapper
Tinta De Calamar from País Vasco
A Sea Scout Manual from 1943
Tins of Bag Balm
Music of the Carousel x Smithsonian Folkways
Nine Ways to Disappear
Water and Fall, An Illustrated Pamphlet on Life
A FEW OF OUR FAVORITES:
Moon and Tide Clocks
Sun, Moon, and Tide Clocks
A Roll of 100 Wish Tickets
Walnut, Maple and Pecan Pitcher Spoons
British artist+researcher Di Manistone and team of musicians, technologists and industrial designers is turning world bridges into instruments. This short doc was released earlier this week about Di’s Eyebeam residency that inspired the now global project + spring happening at the Brooklyn Bridge.
from video by The Creators Project:
Human Harp connects the human body to the instrument-like architecture of existing structures and enables pedestrians and dancers to interact in the translation of journey into musical composition.