is a water saving system made from salvaged materials. - Futurefarmers
May 4-14, 2011
"...the cobbler's bench, materials, and shoe racks of a shoemaker's atelier the nucleus of a series of events that address the relationship between the sole and the soul. The atelier is an open interpretation of Simon the shoemaker's studio, of fifth century Athens, in which Socrates had extensive philosophical discussions with Simon and local youth, creating an informal classroom or "thinkery."
David van der Leer
I wanted to know more about Futurefarmers. Amy Franceschini was kind enough to respond to a few questions I posed.
AF: Growing up in the "Breadbasket of America", I witnessed the great orchestration of modern agriculture. My father farmed over 6,000 acres and owned a pesticide company and in 1975 my mother became an organic farmer following the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner and the Permaculture movement.
Redwood herb garden commissioned by Headlands Center for the Arts. Since the garden is situated in a National Park it had to be completely deer proof and ready to sail away in case of a flood. - from Futurefarmers
AF: I think the recasting is interesting for us in terms of reminding ourselves how much our past influences the present --- to highlight change and repetition and stasis.
In the case of the shoemaker's atelier...We see this as a filling in of a history that has not fully been recorded. The bits and pieces we have found in John Sellars text describing the alleged dialogues between Socrates and the shoemaker Simon beg to be materialized.
Futurefarmers is a group of artists and designers working together since 1995. Our design studio serves as a platform to support art projects, artist in residency programs and research interests. We are teachers, researchers, designers, gardeners, scientists, engineers, illustrators, people who know how to sew, cook and bus drivers with a common interest n creating work that challenges current social, political and economic systems.