Summer Adventures of SEA Change’s Co-Curators
This summer, Katherine and Alec helped build a 3,000 square foot mud floor in a state of the art, non-toxic eco-home. The mud floor, aka poured adobe or earthen floor, is made from local and nontoxic materials: clay, sand, organic straw, cochineal pigment, linseed oil, and food grade wax. It is mixed in a mortar mixer, poured on the floor in wheelbarrow loads, and troweled out to a smooth, level surface. The octagonal eco-home is insulated with sheeps wool, will have mud walls and ceilings, is powered entirely off grid by a huge solar array, has an adjacent geodesic dome greenhouse, organic garden, orchard, and the best blackberries this side of the Willamette. Public Social University Chancellor Judith Fleming and President Rozzell Medina partook in the mudmaking, which was a project of Portland-based earthen floor aficionado From These Hands. While the days were filled with mud, evenings were spent camping in Triangle Lake, swimming in idyllic swimming holes and cascading down rock waterslides. Talk about a working vacation! Paradise!
Alec spent August in Minneapolis helping his parents move out of the house he had grown up in. In addition, Alec also helped rebuild the Utne farm, which is moving forward with the intention of becoming a space for spiritual, artistic, environmental, and community wellness. Katherine rendezvoused with Alec in Minneapolis and got a chance to see and meet with the incredible Walker Art Center and wonderful Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
This week, Katherine started graduate school at Portland State University. As a Master’s in Fine Art Candidate, Katherine will be focusing on Art in Social Practice, which explores how art can engage and effect society. Outside of school, Katherine is taking Toby Hemenway’s Permaculture Design Course and Heartland Circle’s Art of Convening.
Alec is also taking Art of Convening and looking for illustration work or general work with an organization that’s working to make the world a better place. If you have any leads for him, please do let him know firstname.lastname@example.org