“With myself as an intermediary and my projects as a medium, I let participants find out that working together can stimulate or create mutual trust, understanding and positive energy, things that are vital to the wellbeing of families, organisations and businesses.”—Crossover Collective (via TAC)
Get an idea 1. see, hear, smell, taste, touch something interesting (What’s the deal with meat?) 2. obsess about it (think and dream about your new interest)
Do your research 3. find several books at home, in the library, in the bookstore (see exhibit A) 4. look online 5. watch videos* 6. take a field trip (to the supermarket in this case, see exhibit B)
Record what you find 7. take notes 8. take photographs (see exhibit B) 9. sketch (see exhibit C)
Put your new-found knowledge to work 10. make something** (plush is always a good medium, see exhibit D) 11. show someone, let them know all that you’ve learned (like your parents, your friends, or the people on Flickr)
Something else catches your eye 12. go back to step 1
*Video found serendipitously while passing by your father’s computer as he begins to watch a video on a related blog post even though he has no idea you’ve spent the last several days lost in a world of meat.
**Enzo’s research also included plenty of cooking, unfortunately we don’t have any photos of that.
One final note to provide perspective: Enzo was six when he did this project.
Update 2009: After spending a few months in Buenos Aires at age seven, Enzo became fascinated with salami and other cured meats. His interest in meat in general also resurfaced. By the time he had turned eight, he had also dressed as a butcher for Halloween. Since then we created an installation in San Diego using his and his sister’s drawings. See images at South Park Quality Meats.
Boro textiles are usually sewn from nineteenth and early twentieth century rags and patches of indigo dyed cotton. The diversity of patches on any given piece is a veritable encyclopedia of hand loomed cotton indigo from old Japan. In most cases, the beautiful arrangement of patches and mending stitches is borne of necessity and happenstance, and was not planned by the maker.
“our friends…don’t want fancy, they don’t need elaborate, and they dislike pretentious. Our friends want us to be ourselves, to be real, to be vulnerable: and if that means a simple spaghetti bolognese, roast chicken, or dahl, prepared with love by us, they’ll love it, and they’ll love us more for making it”—Ordinary Cooking Takes Courage by Jonathan Kahn
"Although humans are physically separate from their plush toys, they are metaphysically connected, and most human-plush toy pairs cannot bear to be distanced by more than several yards; a girl showed significant discomfort when her plush toy flew up to the second story window of a tower while she was standing outside the building in question for only a couple of seconds…a person can achieve the lasting ability to separate painlessly from his or her plush toy by undergoing an initial voluntary separation. For those that undertake it, it must be done at a specific place.”