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Project Development consists of the introduction of project ideas and activity. When a project in development achieves a significant level of direction and engagement, it becomes a "Project."

Chapter 1: Give A Man A Fish

posted Sep 28, 2012, 10:25 PM by Scott Bickmore   [ updated Sep 28, 2012, 11:46 PM ]

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ll recordbooks ll
(books made from record covers)

“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today.  Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”—Author unknown

I want to start my book. Other people are starting. I should too. Lately I like this one. It has utility. It's easy to make. It's the Golden Rectangle that happens after folding printer paper three times. I guess that's important. I fussed over this and different sizes. I found the rectangle in other books. I found it in Dan's posts and I guess I got flustered about being the fisherman. Of course, a fisherman taught me how to fish, and I certainly didn't invent the fish and fishing and how-to fish.

Marshall grabbed one of my videos today too. I still wasn't decided on what to do with the footage. I was considering transcribing it. I like the transcription, like what Deborah Solomon does with her interviews. Something happens with the words. They get refined. I thought maybe the video was more immediate but then I was thinking, no, Deborah's way is immediate, going into the brain better, or just a certain way I wanted to preserve. Anyway, I was thinking on that and keeping it on the shelf while I keep doing the math and realizing the numbers are way off with my head in the clouds again sans food, company and confidence...

This little record book has been my bootstraps. I use it to:
  1. Organize my thoughts
  2. List "worms"
  3. Write down people's names so I can remember them
People seem to appreciate it when you remember their names. It's important in teaching I learned, maybe the most important thing. I keep saying, there is no self. Identifying with things and definition only causes problems. It just gives you something to dismiss or disagree with. Someone is bad and now they're done. So I say: only consider the behavior. Treat everyone the same. Think of the "good of the people," like Ben Frank did I think.

And yet, there is this thing lingering around still...this self, and maybe it is all the same but whatever it is, it has a name and wants to be heard. And I hear that desire. It sounds good and it feels good. I keep listening, though, and the song gets old and I think I hear undertones or overtones and other vibrations in the strands and fabric which constitutes us and everything else, and I think there's more music...and dancing too...

Project Design and Organization

posted Sep 6, 2012, 5:53 AM by Scott Bickmore   [ updated Sep 28, 2012, 9:48 PM ]


posted May 28, 2012, 9:45 AM by Scott Bickmore   [ updated May 28, 2012, 10:36 AM ]

"Making Fabric 
            From Cigarette Butts"
*Butt found outside Viking Mill warehouse

Below is a letter of interest proposed to the Mural Arts Program Residency: "Structure and Surface: Philadelphia Textile Project (Summer 2012)"

"Spinning Yarns"

I would like to spin yarn out of cigarette butts (cellulose acetone). My studio is in a former textile warehouse called Viking Mill. My landlord's father used to spin yarn. He said, "Before WW II, people used to make their own clothes. There was a market for yarn. People used to just buy yarn and make their own clothes."

One way to measure a neighborhood's "growth" is by counting cigarette butts on the street. I would like to nick a few birds with one stone--pick up butts and spin the fiber into yarn, and then knit clothing made commonly in Philadelphia before the war. 

I would like to work with the "Yarn Bomber" and make "Buttressing," a protective substrate that can be tailored to bodies and walls alike. 

Bob Weiman, a technician and business owner in the textile industry for many years, initially said the fabric from butts is too short to spin into yarn. It needs to be at least 3-4" 

When asked about melting down and re-fabricating the material, however, he told me about "Pellets." That's how yarn and other fabrics start. 

"It would be a process," he said, "and expensive." 

This residency will involve 6-7 textile companies in the Philadelphia area. That would be a great opportunity to experiment with these processes and develop an efficient and economical way to turn butts into buttressing.

Either way I'd like to find a way to do this.

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