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)?

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

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

I linked to info & pics about this already in ‘seeing‘ but it’s soo important it needs to be posted twice:

Please check out the Satchel project regarding recent new US state legislations!

In short, their message is: “Tell your male government representatives: ‘Hands off my uterus! Here‚Äôs one of your own!'”

 

Migration …. it’s starting …

 

Here:

@ http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.272422849504999.65551.132471660166786&type=3

Here:

 
“they were inspecting them and trying to figure out what it was about. […] she started to google and figure out the identities of the birds.”

 

 

 

 

Here:

 
 
“took a friend home with me”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

And here, online:

http://rausfrauen.tumblr.com/

The beginning of spring,

today, March 21st, and it is grey as so often in England. Even more reason to support Rausfrauen’s “spring awakening” call (http://rausfrauen.tumblr.com/post/17336386002)¬†to decorate and enliven our towns with “fancy colorful art in the open space .” ¬†And so we knitted, crochet, embroidered and sewed to provide our fellow overworked and stressed out academic colleagues with a cheerful spring morning smile …

… battled against and with cleaning and security staff but so far our “hazardous” knitted ladybirds and crochet flowers are still in place.

The ladybird is watching and we are following …

It has seen everything. Has been everywhere. Their names range from A. Greig and Ajaypal S. to William T. II and William V. and the 496 others in between that represent all the first names of fortune 500 CEOs.

The “lady” knows about global trade and exploitation. Indeed, on the shopping bags of a major UK retailer, it’s been part of everyday British consumer culture and experience.

And … now that they’re here, following the lady and all other “things” (http://www.followthethings.com/Home.html), will be our next “mission.”

What a beginning of spring.

 

as seen in an Asheville, North Carolina, US, yarn store window display … thought of you and had to take pics … more on flickr ¬†(http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftgeographies/)

Check out even more pics on our flickr page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftgeographies/) of AAG crafting and yarn bombing.

Also, like this plant growing on a tree (“foundation”) on the ¬†Appalachian trail (hiking in North Carolina after AAG), we’re happy to announce that we just got awarded a first small grant to take our research and interests to North America.

So …. North Carolina, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nova Scotia ….. here we come …. Keep in touch and let’s all re-meet and get together soon again!

¬†… and, in line with some of our activities re yarn bombing and geocaching ladybirds in Exeter, UK … geocaching on local organic marmalade in Asheville, NC, USA as part of a (unrelated but nevertheless relevant and similar) follow the things initiative.