Environmental architecture

All of our technology comes from nature. Not only did we creatures build it, but we would be silly to think we are inspired by something other than natural processes. The more we learn about how biology and biosphere work, the more our own advances look like an homage.

My challenge is to show this back and forth in a collection of silk wall quilts. I will borrow inspiration from Saint John architecture, and unlike some of my previous quilts, these will not just be the buildings. These buildings will be overwritten by their naturally occurring counterparts.

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I chose Saint John because of the breakdown, a sort of reversion to something less strict and geometric.

Saint John Industrial Landscape_8And then I thought, what about the other side of this coin? Don’t we transform nature into architecture?

New HampshireThese views of New Hampshire are begging to morph into buildings and cities.

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I wonder where we draw the lines between technology and nature. At first glance it seems pretty easy to make the distinction between what is made and what simply occurs.

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But does anything simply occur? Organisms evolve to adapt to niches put in place by other organisms, and all species have been forced to adapt to the overwhelming changes we’ve made to this planet. We make and change things because of evolved tendencies in our brains. So then maybe everything simply occurs.

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The lines get blurry when you put your thinking goggles on. Where do you place the line?

Green.

Some changes have come to the way I relate to the world. I am moving away from my branding of Bottleneck Consensus and into something a little more committal.

Let me explain. Bottleneck Consensus has a meaning which I respect. To show you the meaning, let me draw you a picture:
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It is not that I am no longer there. I still have ideas in their permeable little cars, vying for space and colliding and eventually issuing from my throat and my hands in haphazard bundles.

But it’s like now, they get along a little better. They have nice bumper car edges, or matching puzzle piece sides. Together they line up to form a sort of spade, and drive their way out into the world.

So my ideas have come to this nice point, where I want to put my name on them and take ownership. My family name is Green, a name I chose and a name I carry proudly. It was my grandfather’s name and it will be with me my whole life.

When I sign my name it is:                              Allison Green Signature

As in: a member of the Green clan. My actions will be held against my family. While in my teenage years I thought that an archaic and nonsensical punishment, I understand now. The concept of of upholding the honour of your ancestral line, is simply beautiful.

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But of course Green means much more than that. Green, as in new. I am a new artist. Emerging and forever learning. I am not full grown or stuck on a single path. I need a lot of help, and to gather communities of people who want to learn too. I am A Green Artist.

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Green is versatile. The human eye can see more shades of Green than any other colour. I know my work can be different and more challenging every single time. There are as many versions of my work as there are versions of Green. I am A Green Artist.

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But most importantly, Green is the colour of nature and the base of all that is alive. I have this plan to live in harmony. Technology, humanity’s logical side, is vital to our continued existance on this perfect planet. With its help the Green things can survive, and in my own small way I will ensure that. I am not there yet, my practice is still filled with the trappings of the quick and the synthetic and the toxic, but this renaming marks the beginning of my learning, a contract to everyday be a more Green creature.

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I am  Temp Logo Dark Green A Green Artist

Sprouting a city

Delightful surprise when I arrived at school this morning! My city is growing great guns and the crystals are taking up the food colour nicely. Not full-grown yet but well on their way. Hope they last `til class on Tuesday. Taking lots of pictures just in case.

I love how they puff out of the tops of the buildings.

For some reason the super blue liquid turned brown in this larger batch. Very strange indeed. Can`t believe how fast it`s growing!

When nature overtakes architecture

Today was an extended and entirely pleasant day in the surface design studio. Many people around, some sort of open house to publicize the school and they were all very inquisitive. I was working away on some screen printing, texture samples, and a cityscape while the lady at the table across made encaustic board games. I spent the whole day intoxicated by the smell of beeswax. Could there be a more sticky drug? Teehee.

Here are the beginnings of my salt crystal cityscape. I left it at the school to grow (far too fragile for frolicking) and am chomping at the bit to go check on it. I suspect it will be half way to full-grown by the time I wake up. Probably make some coffee related excuse to go downtown and see it first thing.

Step One: Fabricate a cardboard city. Massacre it (and your hands) with food colouring, everyone`s favourite multi-medium.

Step Two: Flood your city with a foul-smelling blue concoction (recipe courtesy Mik3 at Instructables).

Step Three: Wait for the magic! I made this tester in advance so the suspense wouldn’t kill me. It makes me think of what skyscrapers might look like if all the people left and nature reclaimed its territory.

Also, I couldn’t be more satisfied with my dinosaur prints. Hooray for discharge paste! Here are the first couple bags. Need a little embellishment yet. Maybe some zigzag stitching and a button or two.

Time for sleep, more projects tomorrow :)

– Allison Green