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Flux Factory is not only my favorite and most beloved artist collective, the group now also organizes a series of monthly workshops that discuss how members of the public can actively engage in neighborhood development.

The Future of Your Neighborhood: Who Decides? informs about strategies for self-organizing to enact positive change in their neighborhoods and in the city as a whole.

Check out their newest event:

Reclaiming Vacant Land for Community Use

Wednesday, June 20, 7 – 9pm

Flux Factory is pleased to present the second workshop in our yearlong initiative, The Future of Your Neighborhood: Who Decides? This monthly series discusses how New Yorkers can self-organizing to enact positive change in their neighborhoods and in the city as a whole.

In conjunction with Flux Factory’s June exhibition, Bionic Garden, Paula Z. Segal of 596 Acres will present Reclaiming Vacant Land for Community Use. In this visioning session, Segal will explain New York City’s land use and real estate warehousing practices, describe where you can find information on a vacant lot in your neighborhood, and share success stories of communities gaining access to previously close-off parcels of public land. Learn how to find that special lot in your life, where to go from there, and what to do with it.

The Future of Your Neighborhood: Who Decides? will continue in future months with workshops on urban agriculture, historic preservation, sustainable transportation, and other topics near and dear to New Yorkers. If you have an idea for a workshop, please email christina[at]fluxfactory[dot]org. This educational initiative is organized by Christina Vassallo, Douglas Paulson, and Lacey Tauber.

We obviously have a love for buttons.

Now Slate.com published a nice history of buttons by Jude Stewart:

The Simple, Humble, Surprisingly Sexy Button. A visual history.

And, there is a slideshow as well: You Can Make a Button Out of Almost Anything

… yup, it was last Saturday

If you participated, here’s a badge for you:

Also note that Knitta has an international photography competition that you can still participate in until July 9th!

Or, if came across other peoples’ work, then this on is for you:

and again, Knitta’s International Yarnbombing Day 2012 Facebook page is full with the most amazing yarn bombing photos and projects from all around the world. Check it out!

My favorite though:

All courtesy of yarnbombing.

Look what Anna found:

“photo taken from the north devon coast, of gorilla knitting in the wild – wind swept trees covered with wafts of wool from itchy sheep scratching against the branches!”

Stunning!

 

 

 

We’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling lately. Apart from meeting wonderful people and seeing great crafts there are also these moments and views that seem so utterly english – at least to an outsider’s eye

1. of course, there is always the rain:

2. countryside in semi/somewhat urban settings:

or is it the other way around?

3: still catching up on my royal history with a long way to go …

4: surveillance politics

and yes, not last, wonderfully talented and friendly people

for more pics see our flickr photo stream!

Went to see my sister the other weekend and it seems like these ladies are just everywhere … much like the metaphors they stand for …

The other curious thing: why are bikes forbidden in Holland (pic 3)?

Uh, this project is sooo great! I want our ladybirds to also become joy birds 😉

Here is what its creator has to say about it: ”

“I was curious, so I created an interactive art experiment designed to answer that question. The goal is to document what brings Portland Joy, and to give a little joy back to the city that I love so much.

Throughout the month of March 2012 I left 200 Joy Bots in random locations throughout the city of Portland. People that found a Joy Bot where invited to photograph it with something that brings them joy […] Finally participants were invited to leave their Bot in another random location in Portland to continue the experiment.”

See amazing pics and project details here

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