Thursday, August 2, 2018

Syep 2018

Yesterday was the culminating workday with my Prince Georges County Summer Youth Employment Program team.

The 14-18 years olds have been clearing honeysuckle, grapevine, bittersweet and lots of mugwort off of trees and out of the ground in the local trail.
I heard today that they have removed 10000 sq ft in their 4 week project! Wow that is awesome! This work makes our trails much safer!


So my part in all of this was to work with SYEP in the afternoons 2x a week to create a collaborative public sculpture to live on a tree along the Anacostia river in the parks Art on the Trails project. We worked with the vines that they were pulling each morning and natural twine.
My idea was to create an imagination provocation, a visual element that sparks creative thinking! The work would be installed on a mock pear tree that is set to die because it is crowding out 3 native trees at Bladensberg Waterfront Park. This project springs from the 2015 "Listen" Art on the Trails project.



I visioned the workshops to be like a quilting bee or a tamale making party. Everyone has a role that is essential for the whole project to be a success, and a safe space to share stories.





Most days the youth were pretty tired from their morning's work pulling weeds.For the first few workshops, we were under the tree that we were creating the artwork to hang onto. Later in the week, as the rain really set in we worked under the park's awesome pavilion.







There were a few opportunities for interesting conversations around higher education and safety when playing sports. The hand work was sparse as the young people were captivated by their phones but with the support of a couple of the group leaders ultimately the project is wonderful!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

PAPERMAKING Sacred Creative-Nature-Time

THIS PAST SATURDAY GRATITUDE GARDEN:
Papermaking with natural materials workshop!


Yep!
Relaxed-Shared Creative-Nature-Time
Beautiful handmade paper
 
   






Material evidence


Plant Fiber and water, moderate temps....

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Gratitude Garden Papermaking This Coming Saturday July 7

This Heat is so crazy!
In response the garden is very interesting!! 


So, 
I can safely say that there is definitely
lots of fiber for papermaking!








I'm so happy to be processing plant fiber for the
Gratitude Garden Papermaking day!
It's on for this coming Saturday July 7.


I've started gathering and processing plant fiber and we will also do some of that too!




Heat or not the traditional papermaking processes is full of water and actually keeping me a bit cooler than expected!









 Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caryl-henry-alexander-artist-with-purpose-invites-you-to-gratitude-garden-2018-tickets-44822253567





Tuesday, July 3, 2018

UPDATE:Fox Haven Farm Garden Charms Workshop

I was happily surprised to receive this awesome text from Stacie!
Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful creation! @FoxHavenFarm

Hi this is Stacie. I took your Fox Haven class a couple months ago. Kim shared your number with me. Just wanted to thank you for helping me with my birth alter. It is complete and is amazing!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Yard Art and Charms workshop was really great.


 We took a garden walk together and checked out some of the more voluptuous plants currently, the Winter squash and the mullen.









 


We also visited our Mother’s Garden which is moving into it’s second bloom with calendula-echenecia-borage-hostas. I also got some good advise for my under performing plants. I was so happy to share the garden space with plant loving creative folks!















When we went into the studio, creativity rose up and came out in really amazing ways for each participant. 



Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Herbal Dream Pillow for Kirtrina and Stanley's new married life!

Made with love for these two wonderful people!
Ain't LOVE grand!
 The cloth is indigo dyed, from Abiokuta, Nigeria

The herbal recipe was divined by me and each small pillow is filled with herbs!
 
It was so much fum sewing the pillow by hand, It reminded me of hanging and sewing with my grandmother in her basement sewing room. It was free wheeling sewing this time with stitches going where they needed to go!

It's ALL about LOVE!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Where will you place your Charms in your garden?

NEXT SATURDAY
Gratitude Garden Saturday June 23 10am!
Charms for your garden are very cool visual affirmations.

For me they bring my creative energy into the life of my garden.
They can hang, be staked or lean, depending on the specific site where it will reside.







This design would be great with a vine sphere! Bring your imagination!
Register here: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caryl-henry-alexander-artist-with-purpose-invites-you-to-gratitude-garden-2018-tickets-44822253567

























Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Caryl Henry Alexander-Epic City Radio Interview Recording

Let me know what you think!

The conversation with Carolivia Herron was really fun!
She is so warm and welcoming! As was her fabulous engineer, Alex Lima, I appreciate his insights and comments.







Caryl Henry Alexander-Epic City Radio Interview Recording 









A special thanks  to Karen James Cody for introducing me to Carolivia, to my wonderful supportive husband Jesse Alexander and to comedian Ruth for sharing her thoughts during the show.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Fox Haven Farm Garden Charms Workshop

Fox Haven Farm Garden Charms Workshop on May 12 was a lot of fun!
Thanks so much to the amazing Lacey Walker for the invite!
                          
It was beautiful warm day and our group of plant lovers went on a forage. Down the driveway from the teaching garden we took a right turn and were immediately in a serious vine zone! We took a few minutes to look around and identify the plants that were in the area. Abundance was the surrounding us in all directions above and below.

Trees, vines, herbs, birds, water, ya know the whole smear!
So folks set out to connect and harvest the plants with which they most identified.
Grapevine-Honeysuckle-Wisteria-English Ivy, Virginia Creeper, Bittersweet were most popular. The land on the edge of the farm road was super generous and  we were able to  relieve a tree from vines that were choking it. We all heard the tree's big sigh of relief. Yeah!
We gathered what we needed and headed back up the hill to work on the barn's patio.



Perfecto!

There was lots of space for folks to work on their charms and we reaffirmed our purpose and got started. I shared a story about the "Listen"tree sculpture that I worked on with artist Larry Jones in 2015. That piece is part of an Art on the Trails project that our county @PGParks has initiated that features artwork created from natural materials on our park trails. The original idea was to allow trail users to experience the artwork as it continues on it's natural cycle of decomposition. Listen was a vine project, with bittersweet as it's main material. I encouraged participants to allow the materials of their charms to do the same.

The resulting Charms were fun, most had the vine's leaves on them and looked almost cloaked, in green. The magic will be exposed as nature runs it's course. Bravo!


Great job everyone and thanks for sending pics of the charms in your nature space.