Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Four Sisters

In a time before North America was pillaged by explorers and settlers, the Native Americans were practicing companion planting - an agricultural practice that utilized the strengths of plants that benefited the surrounding plants. They are known as the Three Sisters - maize, beans, and squash. The maize provided support for the beans to grow up onto, the beans provided nitrogen to the soil, and the squash spread out along the ground blocking sunlight and therefore preventing weeds, as well as retaining moisture locked in the ground. Sometimes a Fourth Sister was planted, one that would attract pollinators. This Sister was often the Rocky Mountain Bee Plant, or sometimes Sunflowers.

I wanted to do a set of stamps about the Four Sisters, because they're an example of coexistence that I find fascinating.

They're all wood cuts (my first ever!). I really like the texture it creates - you can still see the wood grain if you look close.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

stop motion.

I think it had to happen. I did a stop motion video for Pratt's new smartphone accessible webpage/app at mobile.pratt.edu.

Check it out but definitely go to youtube for the full screen of it:


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