Howard Horowitz worked with his wife Ann worked as tree planters at Mt. St. Helens after it erupted in 1980. Ann sewed a series of quilt pieces about forestry work while it was happening.
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Insights from a Higher Perspective
Whereas most people became weary of airplanes after September 11th, Bill Fox decided to take up his childhood dream of flying. He became a pilot and then flew over a volcano. While flying over the volcano he learned that living life to the fullest is a lot like being a volcano.
The Volcanos in Our Backyard
BY ALASTAIR JAMIESON
@ PKN_AKL_SPECIAL EDITION
ON MAR 28, 2014
"Auckland's pretty unique, its the only city in the world build on a volcanic field of it's kind."
In The Volcanos in Our Backyard from PechaKucha Night Auckland Special Edition, Ecologist and photographer Alastair Jamieson speaks on the numerous volcanoes that make up the urban and suburban landscapes of Auckland, as well as how the results of their eruptions have benefited the community over the years.
This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 25th, 2017.
BY SERGIO DE LARA
@ URBAN INNOVATION HAPPY HOUR
ON APR 30, 2014
While living in Mexico’s third-largest city, Monterrey, Sergio De Lara noticed a distinct lack of urban forestry, most pointedly during the city’s 50-degree summers. What began as a small grass-roots collective digging up previously-sealed sidewalk planters grew to a corporate-sponsored non-profit NGO (going by the name Reforestación Extrema) complete with volunteer teams re-foresting parks and city streets all over.
"Presentation of the Day" on June 17, 2014.
BY SCOTT ROWLAND
@ VOL 22
ON DEC 12, 2014
Scott Rowland gained his love for the outdoors from the Hawai‘i Service Trip Program, and in college was happy to find a major (Geology & Geophysics) that involved being outdoors. He has been researching and teaching about lava flows at UH for more years than he wants to think about, but never tires of seeing them, flowing or not, in the field.
"Presentation of the Day" on February 11, 2015.
Quilts for Nepal
BY KAREN MCAULAY
ON AUG 05, 2015
"This is not a slow intricate work of art. It's a quick way of making a warm cover for someone who has lost everything and needs the basics of existence."
Unsuspecting librarian by weekday, vigilante heroine seamstress by weekend, Scotswoman Karen McAulay takes the Inspire Nepal stage by sharing her story of a unique volunteer project that aims to provide disaster-struck Nepal with something we can all appreciate, the warmth of a hand-made quilt.
McAulay doesn't wait for her city's next PKN, rather putting her slides and audio together for a PechaKucha Night of one, in her own home in front of her computer. Listen to her presentation and be moved to share YOUR story of Nepal, inspiring the country back to it's vibrant self!
Manet’s Déjeuner sur L’Herbe: A sustainable breakfast
BY CHRISTIANE STEFFENS
@ VOL 27
ON NOV 23, 2015
Inspired by a pivotal work in French painting, Édouard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, Christiane Steffens embarked on an artistic inquiry into sustainability challenges. The result will amaze you.
Christiane's presentation is about an artistic inquiry into sustainability challenges. Her project is a sustainable reenactment of the tableau as depicted in Édouard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, a pivotal work in French painting. The imagery is well-known and caused a scandal when first exhibited. The painting features a nude woman lunching with two wholly dressed men – a contrast unseen. She stares directly at the viewer, which was considered to be another provocation. The men are dressed as dandies. The women is sitting on her clothes. Next to these clothes we see a bread and a fruit basket, as in a still life. To Émile Zola, Manet’s Déjeuner is his greatest work, one in which he succeeds to place figures of natural grandeur in a landscape.
Christiane shows the display of a patchwork quilt of reused pieces of cloth. This quilt has the same measures of the original Manet canvas (208 by 264.5 centimeters). The linen patches embrace the same color spectrum as the Déjeuner. Each patch has one of the dominant colors of Manet’s painting, and the ensemble of patches reflects the color impression the painting makes on the spectator, with green, blue and black overtones. In that respect, the quilt has a pixel-like quality. Who has seen the Déjeuner will recognize it instantly.
The quilt is a creative example of sustainability – not only sustainability in the sense of reused cloth, but also sustainability of ideas and motives as they are expressed in major works of art. Manet’s masterpiece itself echoed existing pictorial patterns – as the theme of the pick-nick was to be abundantly found in older gravures.
The quilt may serve as a lieu d’innovation – a place where people can sit together – either on the quilt or around it – to exchange views, ideas, and stories. The quilt can also be ‘visited’, or ‘occupied’, by individuals allowing them for meditation and prayer possibly offering inspiration.
Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild
The Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild is a local organization that seeks to promote and encourage the modern quilting movement. In this presentation Michelle Warriner Bolt explores and explains the work of this creative group. Through seminars and workshops, monthly guild meetings, collaborative charity quilts, and annual shows, guild members are supported in discovering their unique creative voices in an art form that is traditionally overlooked as a simple home craft. Be forewarned: these are not your grandmother’s quilts.
BY NITA SMITH
@ VOL 7
ON JUN 24, 2017
Nita Smith is the Conservation Coordinator for the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust. The Trust's vision is to: Protect and restore the native biodiversity of the Wakatipu Basin through revegetation projects, collaboration, education and advocacy.
The kowhai rich dry woodlands that used to be prolific in the Wakatipu Basin are one of the most threatened ecosystems in New Zealand, and also one of the least protected. The Trust, through the passion and commitment of volunteers is doing what it can to reverse this by running a native plant nursery and planting native plants out on public land around the Wakatipu.
While Nita's background isn't strictly botany and reforestation, she has had a career shaped by her love of the environment and mountains including working as a scientist in Antarctica, hydrologist on the West Coast and more recently in environmental education.
Some of that love of the environment is due to being dragged up a few wild valleys aged about 7, botanising with her Mum and Wakatipu Reforestation Trust founders, the well known Neill and Barb Simpson, proof that environmental education in children can have a lasting lifetime effect.
Having returned to the area recently she is super passionate about helping enable the community to get out to dig some holes, plant some plants, connect as a community in gumboots over a cuppa and a scone, as well as being involved in some exciting environmental research projects that have the potential to change the way we do landscape reforestation.