On Monday November 16th, 2015, I led a workshop for Outdoor School on knot tying. In preparation I had learned countless knots, chosen the ones I thought would be most accessible to the group, cut 7′ foot lengths for each participant and burned the frayed edges with a lighter.
It was important to me that every single person got to partake in the workshop with both hands, which meant I chose not to have anyone document it via cell phones or cameras. Instead, I have made the following video, both for those who may have forgotten the three knots, or those who missed the workshop.
For those interested, the ‘Bible’ of knots was written and illustrated by an artist, Clifford W. Ashley, and though published back in 1944, is still one of the most important knot tying reference books today. Luckily for anybody interested in knots, the sole North American branch of the International Guild of Knot Tyers, is located in our backyard, just an hour away in Hamilton.
An excellent online learning tool is http://www.animatedknots.com/ It’s step by step images have a mirror option (for lefties), and was how I learned the Alpine Butterfly.
Knots can provide both utility and fun, and the knots I have learned have given me confidence. Before preparing for this workshop I had no knowledge of knots what so ever, but after hundreds of repetitions, it is now like riding a bike. Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop, and I hope you take at least one of these knots with you through life.
Space Terrarium Prototype mk1
Plant life, acrylic, steel, ready-made light fixtures
The Space Terrarium — so named as a nod to the N.A.S.A. research that inspired it — is a vertical, modular, triangular garden sculpture, designed and fabricated to support young plants and to clean the air.
Ready-made fluorescent light fixtures operate at the 6500k colour light spectrum and mounted on a custom welded armature, surround the plants from all sides. Laser cut acrylic containers feature drainage holes in each of their floors, allowing gravity to irrigate the small terrariums from the top down.
This piece is meant be practical as well as to celebrate life — and at the same time to highlight the symbiotic relationship between humans and plants.
Work in process images (below)
Initial design images (below – plant models and light fixtures are stock)
Cell phone video showing irrigation drip (below)
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I enjoyed our reading expedition to the Bovey building very much, and decided to explore a bit further. I interviewed someone I met from the Horticulture club, and produced this short video giving an overview of the potting room and public access to the greenhouse.
Mary Mattingly is a New York based artist who has some fascinating work on water.
Her work explores “themes of home, travel, cartography, and humans’ relationships with each other, with the environment, with machines, and with corporate and political entities” – Wiki
Check out her work HERE.