L.A. River's Invasive Weeds Are Turned Into Musical Instruments
"In the hands of artists and L.A. River advocates the role of invasive river weed, arundo donax, is questioned."
more experiments in natural dyeing!
I wanted to see what I could dye with that was invasive in my area. So, I gathered up a bunch of stuff and gave it a go.
All of it was done with an alum mordant on wool.
I'm most excited about the laurel berries! It came out a sort of purpley colour. I only used two for the dye bath so I could gather a lot more and hopefully get a stronger colour.
I picked up a little hand saw thing. So now i can attack the giant pieces of ivy without trying to pick away at them with a tiny pair of pruners!
Plus, now i get to wander into the woods carrying a little saw and i dig that. (Although walking along with a pitchfork over my shoulder was definitely the peak)
Cops in Louisville just got away with murdering Breonna Taylor.
This ruling is just one more shovel full of dirt on the notion that Black people can get justice in US courts. The only way to get justice is to burn the country to the ground and build something better.
Happy #BiVisibilityDay from your neighbourhood friendly and fierce Bi-derman.
Asking for trans-centered resources on sexual anatomy
@RadiantEmber @glitterwitch so InterACT is my fave resource library for intersex topics/resources, and there are a ton of subtopics to explore there, and for trans resources I recommend TSER’s infographics for some baseline transgender info for college classes. I rarely see cis folks willing to dive deeper than an infographic or two, to be honest.
I got some clay from beside a lake!
Idk what to do with it and i dont know anything about pottery. But, im super stoked to try!
The current plan is to try to clean it to get all of the gritty bits of sand out by turning it into a water slurry and passing it through a sieve. Then drying the result out till its back to a clay texture.
I have no idea what to make with it or how to fire it.
But im gonna figure something out
urban collective farming affinity groups
There's a group in Portland called the Municipal Eco-Resiliency Project (MERP), and I'm slightly basing this idea off what they do, but making it a little less formal.
A group of comrades coming together wanting to start a community garden. One member has a yard. Everyone invests in the garden plot at the house (providing supplies, money for water, etc), and helps cultivate it. This seems like a way to help provide land to friends in the community who can't own property while utilizing wasted yard space of those that can.
We were invited recently to Paul Rollins' anarchist permaculture garden. We dubbed it "anarchist" because it mostly lets the plants decide for themselves how to grow with and around each other. It also doesn't require most of the typical "work" associated with gardening, such as weeding and troweling. It literally uses every space available to produce food. If you live in a place that doesn't get much water, it's great because it doesn't even require watering! It also produces an incredible yield. It can fit a lot of food into even a small space.
Any open yard space or empty lot can do; his is in the front yard of a house he's renting.
Of the many ways to adopt concepts that increase Community Wealth and make an ecostead, this one would be effective for ending food apartheid. (@emsenn probably will enjoy this)
1. Mow down the grass or weeds.
2. Cover the ground with cardboard or several layers of craft paper ... plastic can be used as well. Anything that can hinder undergrowth works.
3. Add a layer of straw. How thick this layer need be depends on many things: one is the amount of rain you get. More rain = more straw. The straw will eventually act like a sponge, helping the garden share and re-circulate the moisture underground.
4. Add a thick layer of compost, or compost / dirt blend. This is where anarchy thrives best, among all the decomposing ruins of a system.
5. Toss a seed blend (cover crop) over the whole thing. Cover with another light layer of straw and compost... water and walk away.
6. (optional) Plant large sunscreen-type crops (sunflowers and corn) near your indoor windows for extra air conditioning power in hot climates.
@momjeans Yeah it's the ONE thing I ignore. I don't choose to use it but it has a longer history than the internet. It's been coopted like a lot of other AAVE but it comes out of the history of Blackness being sort of ungendered. Here's some articles if you'd like to know more. :)
Being asexual, bad sex ed
Thinking about how I was given so little information about sex as a kid and it was presented to me as inevitable, and this made me so scared and confused that I started to have intrusive thoughts about sex
Not even really about sex all that much, but just like intrusive reminders that sex existed and I was expected to want it some day
And for a long time I was confused because I mistook those intrusive and distressing thoughts for sexual attraction
Being asexual, bad sex ed
Sometimes I do have to laugh though that I thought my brain occassionally just shouting "SEX" at me randomly was somehow sexual attraction
Like it was just the word, that's it lmao
I made some art
Phew, it took me scheduling myself time to work on this to actually finish it
I intended to do it the usual draw-reverse-carve way, like you would need to do if you wanted to print words, but I decided maybe I preferred it "backwards" when it came time to carve it. Now I'm not so sure but it was good to try and see
The inking itself was pretty rough too, I'm out of practice, but it felt good to get into it again 🍂🍄🍁
aro and ace stuff, solarpunk, needle felting, mutual aid
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.