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Interview with Bradford Hansen-Smith: Creating Art Through Geometry

Bradford Hansen-Smith has been an illustrator, jewelry maker, sculptor, filmmaker, author, toy maker, and educator. His website, www.wholemovement.com, focuses on the wonders of geometry through sculptures created from paper plates.

Extended Spiral
Bradford Hansen-Smith. Extended Spiral (side view). Chicago. 2008.
Folded paper circles. Approx height 12” x 12” x 9”. Each unit is
a circle folded in the same way using diameters from 7″ to 3/4″.
The change in curve is how they fit one into the other. A computer
image was printed on 20 lb paper, then cut into various diameter
circles, folded and joined by tying with thread.

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Q&A with Aviva Alter: Fiber Art as Personal Reflection

New Work
New Work. Courtesy of Aviva Alter. Photo: Darrell Roberts.

Aviva Alter, 53 years young, is currently exhibiting in Soft Life at the Hyde Park Art Center. She recently created pieces for the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project, which was on display at the Chicago Cultural Center last fall. Working in the fiber arts steadfastly for the last 3 years, Atler grew up in Waukegan but has lived in Chicago proper for the last 36 years, where she spent many years working with clay. She has upcoming shows featuring her textile art in Los Angeles, London, and New York.
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Green Journal: Green Life Tips

In January, 2008, The Chicago Tribune published an article “50 Simple Tips from a Year of Living the Green Life,” by Karen Klages. Beth Botts, Marjorie David, Elaine Matsushita, Tiffany Meyers, Cindy Dampier and William Hagerman contributed to this story. Here are some highlights from the article and my commentary.

Water-saving Planting

Plant thirstier plants closer to the house. Choose fescues for lawns. Mulch to keep water from evaporating. Use native plants.

Peperomia
My Favorite Peperomia. Photo: Amy Rudberg.

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Book Review: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver

If you're interested in the issues of “localvorism” (local food movement), a gardening journal, do-it-yourself family farming, growing seasonal organic foods, the policies and economic issues of industrial farming, anecdotes about dedicated small local farmers, food culture, and seasonal recipes, then you may be interested in reading this book. Barbara Kingsolver and her family decide to move from Arizona to their rural farm in southern Appalachia and live and work there for a year as an experiment to see if they could live off the fruits of their own labor, both from their farm and their live stock.

Vegetables
Photo credit: Amy Rudberg

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Chicago Cultural Center: The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project

The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project is on view at the [tag]Chicago Cultural
Center [/tag]until December 16th. This show is a stunning use of craft to make a wondrous work of art. Created as a collaborative crochet piece, the long coral-like re-creations explode with color, form, and texture that are tantalizing to the eyes. As you walk into the room displaying the coral reef project, you are met with two long stunning colorful replications of the Great Barrier Reef, which lies off the cost of Australia. Hanging on the walls are splendid dynamic colorful forms of the reef that are just majestic. In the second room is a display of jelly fish hanging from the walls and an example of a collaborative piece made by Chicagoland contributors.

Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef. NASA Satellite Photo.

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