It isn’t easy to predict what people will like. I’m used to this by now as a practicing artist. Yet, the popularity of this post caught me by surprise. I had been posting work in progress pictures of a flipbook animation I was working on, when I finished assembling the frames I wanted to test it and the easier thing was to chuck it in a drill. It looked cool so I posted it on my Instagram . The next day I got a request to be featured on the awesome Doodlers Anonymous blog, there is a lot more information on that post so if you are interested you should check it out. And after that, it was DesignBoom, and BoingBoing (BoingBoing!) and Laughing Squid and even a one minute feature on a morning show on ABC.
It has been fun and I’m grateful for the attention. If you want to see more of my work head over to my website wolfCatWorkshop.com or follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
These two shorts were lovingly produced by one of our members, Jessica Ruvalcaba.
You might think: “what is a password generator doing on the Eco-Village blog?” But I’m here to tell you we get to play with all sorts of things. I had the privilege to be a guest on episode 8 of the Opposable Thumbs podcast and among other things we talked about getting a beehive on one of our buildings and a little bit about the history of this place. If you have taken a tour in the past few years you probably saw the shared tool shop where the item pictured above was made. Give it a listen or check out this blog post on my website for more details.
Really nice article on BBC-Mundo, the Spanish language section of the BBC. Written by Beatriz Díez, the article places the L.A. Eco-Village in the context of cohousing and the current housing crisis in Los Angeles. Check it out here: http://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-40023183
Water thrifty plants get “high” on 2017’s lusty rainfall.
YAY! After thinning out banana suckers and composting, two trees promise bananas.
We’re trellising some thorny plants along the fence to deter fence-climbing.
Pedestrians from many cultures stop to ask about plants and talk about the gardens they have or used to have in their native countries. Along the fence I like to plant crops – like these peas – plus herbs and flowers that they can harvest from the sidewalk.
In the courtyard
Newly mulched path will help to conserve moisture – make the effects of this rain last longer – and eventually break down to feed the soil.
Draught tolerant plants added to “small fruit” garden. Experimenting with clover as a living mulch
Goji berries & weeping mulberry and their new signs.
Parsley and lettuce are easily accessible for community to harvest.
Yolanda has planted papayas next to greywater outlets.
potatoes & fava beans planted around olla to slowly water plants during dry season.
Papaya, banana and new grape vine against south facing wall will also help shade this apartment.
I was honored and delighted to have a personal meeting with the Mayor this week. The Mayor goes way back with LAEV to before he became our Councilman, and we only owned one property instead of four. So it’s always a delight to see how far both he and LAEV have come in the past dozen years or so. I asked if we could take a photo, so I could have bragging rights when he’s our President some day.
Here a few of the topics we got to talk about, each of which the Mayor was supportive of. Still a ways to go on advocacy work. But with the help of the “less cars” folks, the permaculture folks, Teresa Baker and her LATCH Collective, Hans Johnson leading the Styrofoam ban, and LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King, and, of course, the passionate folks who live in/at the Los Angeles Eco-Village, it’s all within reach!
Let me know if you want a copy of what I recommended about these items.