Caravan Marsh Radio Island / Marsh Island Caravan / Caravan Marsh Island
What is this thing we’re developing?
Is it an: Occupation? Process-based research? Parade? Convergence? Convening? Or a Caravan?
car•a•van (ˈkær əˌvæn)
n., v. -vaned -vanned, -van•ing -van•ning. n.
1. a group of travelers journeying together for safety, as through deserts, hostile territory, etc.
2. any group traveling in or as if in a caravan, as pack animals or vehicles.
3. a large covered vehicle conveying passengers, goods, etc.; van.
4. Chiefly Brit. house trailer.
5. to carry in or as if in a caravan.
6. to travel in or as if in a caravan.
[1590–1600; Italian carovana < Persian kārwān]
Project description 1-pager
1-pager will include images of the work (Andi’s collages) + (maybe) drawings/mock-ups of cart, broadsides, yarn bombs, etc. etc.
1-pagers will be sent to possible partnering organizations and neighborhoods with the goal of sparking conversation and building coalition and support (even a home base.)
1-pager will have a personalized cover letter for each recipient. we’re looking for stakeholders: individuals and organizations who have a role to play in the transformation of the shoreline and the shoreline issue. Who wants to be at the table. Invite people to use the space for their needs: Brian Swet: would he want to have a staff meeting out there? Vivian Li host board meeting on the tarp?
What kind of communities already exist – can we rally existing communities? (i.e. livaboard boat people; KO pies; tap in/introduce/infiltrate/activate)
– Vivian Li/Boston Harbor Association
– Boston Water Taxi (would be willing to fly marsh radio island flag?)
– Boston Boating Clubs
– Brian Swet/City of Boston
– Fort Point Arts Asssociation?
– East Boston Kowani Club?
– East Boston shipyard? (via Erica)
– South Boston quirky dock folks (contact via Erica) and other boat contacts
– Schools, nurseries, Boston Greenway/parks? ICA? Others?
1-pager will also be shared with:
– Steve Dietz (possible exploration of residency in summer of 2015?)
– Could be expanded upon to spark other residencies, supports, etc.
Side 1: Narrative description: What does someone who stumbles upon this thing in their neighborhood see, feel, and hear? What is surprising and delightful? What emotions are sparked? What are they asked to do?
– Jane will do first draft during week of 12/2
Side 2: Concrete description: What will happen; what will be seen; what are goals; questions explored; partnerships possible?
– Andi will do first draft during week of 12/2
Marsh Island Caravan: one-week traversing (exploration) of Boston Harbor shoreline (flood-prone neighborhoods)
– Participatory exchange
– Empathy building work through crochet and conversation
– Maintenance work
– Festive spontaneous gatherings; afternoon-long drop in stitch and bitch sessions
– Making a space to open up conversation, questioning, community-building, support around issues of sea-level rise and climate change
– Tying the flotants to shore and the shore to the flotants
– Connections-building between land and sea
– Caravan across the Boston shoreline
– Literally crocheting together questions, fears, curiosities, impressions, data points, learnings about Boston Harbor and sea-level rise
We’re building the “table” and inviting people to come to it with their fears, questions, ideas, visions, hopes, etc.
We invite “specialists” to use our table as a platform for their needs; we can trust our platform (and trust our imaginative solution of salt marsh flotants) – we pitch this solution as 1 possible, and we invite others to invision their solution and explore ways of making it happen.
We just want people to come to the table; find a space to speak about the unspeakable (or the unspoken); create relationships in the context of something frightening; sharpen tools for dialogue; AND brainstorm community-based processes for change.
Bond people together so that they can talk about what’s needed for other policy-level solutions; town council-man.
Our space is a way of gathering together creating a closely knit community and finding ways to speak to each other and to others (larger city and government, etc.)
SHOW how EVERYONE in the community is a stakeholder; we’re creating multiple of entry (process;) open field for actively contributing and meaningfully connecting.
Inspirational image: the radio (radio transmitter) and radio waves is nice…. Inner wave is Inner circle; Medium wave is larger community; next wave is city; outer wave is national (government?) globe?
– NEED: transmit the effectiveness of conversation; the effectiveness of change and the need for change
– DESIRE: to be mobile, pliant, responsive, curious – have 1 planned event per day and time to be responsive to environment (drop in on KO pies? On a summer school program? Talk to passers by? Crochet alone? Experiment? Write manifestos?)
Are we: Shoreline Maintenance Workers (Hurricane Andi; Union Boss Jane) (could consider uniforms/persona/outfits?
1 programmed event per day; several hours available for unprogrammed activities (and moving around!)
Yarn bomb or otherwise mark neighborhood to lead to our spot: create curiosity!
Think about evening events: video screenings; late-night activities; water projections; music; festive things as well as making things (but not too many events.) Fun/Festivaly stuff built in!!! Can we make craft beer from sea water? Or seaweed?
Do we go where there’s already festivals happening?
– Boston Children’s Museum
– Film projections at fort point buildings
– Other outdoor events
– Create our own
– Pot luck picnic
– Invite a band to play
– Learn how to do the sailor’s jig? Dance a thon
– Partner with the aquarium (Andi’s contact Mariana)
– Invite someone to host a radio show
– Make 1 flotant per day
– Do we do inventive advertising? Wheatpaste fliers? Chalk stencils? KO pies? Yarn bombing to lead people to us and hang tags from them?
– Bike has a pedal powered speaker?
Cart: Thoughts and next steps
– Wait to build; make connections with coastline folks: resources; partnering organizations; ideas vis a vis Erica
– Begin with design: imagine all possible strategies
- Lean to
– Ideal scenario: find a partnering organization to host (1-week, a few days): Make cart/other structure site specific to that org
Cart elements to be built sooner than cart itself: (i.e. built this winter – December/January): these things can be used to create an environment for the stitch and bitch sessions such as:
– Tuffets: (Handmade seating devices: crocheted tops; made out of easily accessible materials i.e. denim; canvas; waterproof kite material; Crochet top with other easier to handle/easier to make material on the bottom)
- Design strategy: the tuffets are mini salt marsh flotants: base material is burlap (plus underlying material for sturdiness); decorative top is a crochet flower of some sort with “cord grass” – made like hooked rug (strategy); can be handmade with auto knitting machine; with jute twine; with green yarn, etc. etc. (maybe the highlight color is red?)
– Tarp: Is base tarp red, green, or blue
- If blue, crochet tuffet/flotants ‘float’ above the blue tarp outline of the Boston harbor
– Stamps for broadside documentation
- Handmade stamps
- FONT: Chunk 5 (downloadable at free font size)
- Test sizes: 1.5”, 2”, 3” (all caps for 2”, all lowercase alphabet for 1.5”)
- Strategy 1: hand cut with craft foam and make handmade stamp handles
- Strategy 2: settle on size and have craft foam cut by danger awesome
- Ink: Tsukineko oil based ink stamp pads and versacraft oil based ink stamp pads
- Can be thickened using glycerin
Concrete Next Steps
1: create 1-pagers for promotion to different organizations and individuals
– What do we want to do (1-week residency. Who? Why? What? When? Where)
– What we will build/do/use
– drawing/Photoshop sketch of bike cart with all elements
– is there another drawing of other strategies/forms? i.e. tent; lean-to; storefront window?
– Can be multiple one-pagers; can be adapted for multiple cities;
– dry riverbed in the southwest – poingnancy of stitching cozies and flotants in dry areas;
– WEAD (Lauren Elder) connection – – floating stuff;
– Literacy for Environmental Justice
Potential 5-year plan: Residencies; build on project; write this in to our 1-pager?
Year 1: Boston
Year 2: summer Minneapolis (4-week residency)
Year 3: SF: literacy for Environmental Justice
2: experiment with stamps and broadsides: make; decide process; determine stamp ink, etc.
3. Set dates for 1-2 test crochet sessions and invite people for test
3.1. Make tuffet; tarp; or both for test crochet sessions
3.2. Make list and invite/schedule meetings with key stakeholders/potential hosts for July residency
– Begin broadside stamp documentation
- Document every meeting (Jane & Andi); 1-2 broadsides each
- Incorporate documentation into outreach
- Incorporate documentation technique into test stitch n’ bitch sessions