Our 2012 Resident Artist, master-composter / film-maker / radical geographer Amanda Matles, came to visit us for the weekend. She got in some beach time and admired the compost system she set up for us last year, as it is running smoothly. She also was reunited with our new resident Brian Perkins, whom she graduated from high school with at Interlochen Arts Academy, back in 2000. On a sunny afternoon, the artists sat out on the knit blanket Elodie Goupil made us last year, and Jeff gave Amanda and Brian matching tattoos- the first and second bars of music from a Bauhaus composition by Heinrich Siegfried Bormann.
As a Florida native, Aliya is on a beach mission, and it has been balmy enough to make a few trips. She gave our audience a chance to interact with her slide talk on Sunday, asking us all to fill out a nametag describing our ideal selves. She shared her work with Powersuits, the outfit you will wear to be your most powerful self. As a buisiness lady, Aliya loves organizing communities and laying out elaborate spreadsheets, and she has recently been involved in youth programs in New York, teaching self-empowered sewing and radical fashion design.
With one week left, Jeff and Aliya are the big stars of the studio. We are excited to see their projects come to fruition and collaborate with them on our upcoming fundraising event.