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Chiara Hardy in Milk

Matriarchy Now in Milk Magazine

Chiara Hardy discusses all things Matriarchy Now in an interview in Milk magazine. Firstly, as the creator of the brand, how would you define “Matriarchy Now,” and why do you feel it’s so important? It means something different for everyone, but to me, it embodies a vision for the future, a demand for disruption and a declaration of power. Matriarchy Now is about changing/disrupting the predominantly hierarchical and patriarchal systems that we live in, and yes, I am wholly aware of the broadness of this claim. In its entirety, the demand for a matriarchy is a demand for the end of systemic violence of all kinds that are upheld by patriarchy. The literal definition of Matriarchy is part of the meaning that Matriarchy Now takes on, but Matriarchy Now aims to repurpose that definition into something greater. It’s a vision for a future in which women in positions of power uplift and change our society, because “a rising tide lifts all boats.” I think something people don’t get is the very simple thing that women’s …

Copper artisan of Mexico

The copper artisans of Mexico

Recently had a chance to hang out in the coppersmith workshops of Santa Clara del Cobre in the mountains of Mexico. Copper has been worked in this area since pre-Hispanic times. Although the Spanish introduced new techniques, one native one that was kept was that of smelting, as it was more efficient than European techniques. For this reason, bellows seen here are very different from Europe. Most of the town’s population, 82%, is employed in the making of copper items. There are 250 registered workshops in and around the town, which process about 450 tons of copper each year. This generates an income of about fifty million pesos a year. Many of the copper items made are of a utilitarian nature – cooking utensils, various types of containers, pots, pans, plates, shot glasses, clocks, jewelry, vases, beds, tables, chairs, light switches, counters, sinks, even bathtubs, and much, much more, all in copper. However, since the 1970s copper jewelry, and many other non-essential items has also been made here. –  Wikipedia   Cynthia giving a hand A post …

Installation by Joe Crossley at TEDxUbud

SEE: The Listening Bird at TEDxUbud

We collaborated with new media artist Joe Crossley to create an interactive light installation for the 2017 TEDxUbud.  Constructed from bamboo and cloth, the giant bird could ‘listen’ to the people around it and react, changing colors depending on the volume and tone. TEDx attendees sang to it, spoke different languages and even chanted some deep ‘Om’s to create different patterns. Photos by Suki Zoe and Viktor Wang for TEDxUbud.    

Sumba Hospitality Foundation Graduation (5 of 5)

The first Sumba Hospitality Foundation graduates!

“I was honored to witness the graduation of Sumba Hospitality Foundation‘s first class. An incredibly moving experience to watch 39 graduates and their families celebrate this milestone after seeing how hard Inge has fought to make this happen. We now have four graduates interning at Bambu Indah for six months. Come and meet them.” This weekend was a very special weekend for us at The Sumba Hospitality Foundation; we celebrated the end of a fantastic year with the graduation of our first class of students. It was a spectacular event and creativity flowed throughout the campus, from the beautiful decorations made by our students to the joyful dance and choir performances, not forgetting the heartfelt speeches. It was a highly emotional day for everybody as we watched the 39 young men and women receive their certificates and stand proudly in front of their friends and family. The celebration clearly showed the progress and confidence of our students, however we know their journey isn’t over yet. They are about to take their first steps into the world of work …

Back to the Breast at Goldsmiths

WATCH: Back to the Breast on Make a Change

Watch the story behind Carina’s amazing eco-inflatable art installation, ‘Back to the Breast’. These giant inflatable breasts are biodegradable, compostable and organic. Meet the creator of Back To The Breast, Carina Hardy, who is bringing her installation around the world to normalize breast culture.   The story of @cccaaarrrhhh beautiful creation #backtothebreast A post shared by John Hardy (@greenbyjohn) on Jun 7, 2017 at 7:44pm PDT Watch the whole video here:

Taxi in San Miguel de Allende

Around the world in 30 days

A few of the sights and experiences from a month long trip through Budapest, London Amsterdam, Mexico and New York. It was my first time to Budapest- caught up with old friends and explored a potential site for a new Green School in an old coal processing factory. Budapest’s manhole covers are so beautiful. An incredible and controversial depiction of Jesus, under/below the Emperor. Bicycle of Budapest. A week with my love in Tulum and San Miguel de Allende. In Amsterdam I went to the Hemp and Marijuana Museum. Love the bicycle delivery carts of Amsterdam. Need more in other cities. Then over to London to help Carina inflate the Back to the Breast installation on the lawn at Goldsmiths. Finally, to New York and the US for a quick tour of colleges with Chiara. Gehry appreciation club. Spring has sprung.  

John Hardy in Malang

World’s biggest bread slicer in Malang

Went on a boys trip to Malang last month to check out what was happening in the world of stone and petrified wood. We stayed in the incredible Tugu Malang. The petrified wood– wood turned into stone- is amazing. Only now do they have the tools to cut it with the diamond blades. World’s biggest bread slicer. The water keeps the diamond blades from overheating. The world’s biggest bread slicer A post shared by John Hardy (@greenbyjohn) on Apr 6, 2017 at 11:24pm PDT Here it’s made into sinks. The tools they use are just incredible. It’s the ultimate man’s machine land. Big saw, medium saw, small saw. The plywood factory—making it out of tree bark! Just incredible product. Goonie land. The vehicles the workers use are just completely nuts. Other beautiful things we found over there. Black palm rope, bamboo brooms, rag rugs- so cool. The psychedelic kampung of Jodipan in Malang. More on how/what/why here. A young unmarried man’s sarong. The shopkeeper wouldn’t let me buy it. Visited the master bronze caster. He uses bits …

A giant inflatable breast in London

SEE: A giant boob in London

Inflatable breasts seem to be on trend-  Carina’s inflatable breasts have been joined by this one in London. Part of the Mother Projects initiative, where the agency tries to solve a problem or highlight an issue it feels passionate about, the effort from the creative team is about helping women who might feel embarrassed or judged while feeding their babies in public.  The project is “a celebration of every woman’s right to decide how and where they feed their children without feeling guilty or embarrassed about their parenting choices,” according to the agency’s post. –More on Adweek

Bangkok travels

Bangkok travels: Buy, see, do

Notes from a recent trip to Bangkok. Views from the taxi while stuck in traffic. Carina in red. Spectacular temple ruins. Back to the breast is everywhere. Shopping with Chris. One of my favorite places to go in Bangkok is Stefaan Grusenmeyer’s gallery at O.P Place, Suite GFO1/1, Charoen Krung Road.  Stefaan is a lifetime antique dealer and he’s putting things in his shop these days that he’s acquired over his lifetime. There are some treasures you can’t even imagine. Don’t miss seeing this in Bangkok.      When I was there, I also saw an exhibition from the ultimate organic artist- Jean Louis Dulaar.

Carina Hardy

Back to the Breast: An inflatable installation by Carina Hardy

I feel like I have been to Wonderland and back again. The last few months have been a whirl wind adventure of material testing, model making, and production managing the creation of a large scale art inflatable called Back to the Breast; and finally, this February in Thailand we debuted the installation at Wonderfruit festival. Back to the Breast is an eco, biodegradable inflatable made of organic cotton coated in pigmented natural latex that depicts monumental breasts. Through an inflatable “underwire” tunnel, participants can enter the breasts and imagine what it might feel like to be in a breast. Engaging with breasts in this new capacity and beyond stigmatization hopes to normalize breast culture and foster a conversation of inclusion and understanding of bodies in public space. Through symbolic architectural design, Back to the Breast encourages an appreciation for rather than opposition to breasts in public view. At the festival, we hosted breast casting and printing workshops which attracted a huge number of people and helped reinforce the thematic undertone of the piece through opening …