Free Play

I am an avid reader of SwissMiss. I especially appreciate her Friday Pack Link. It’s always a well curated list of fresh things that I haven’t seen before.  This past Friday I saw this teaser below.

The Overprotected Kid: A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.

I followed the link over to the article in the Atlantic. It’s about a new kind of playground taking hold in the UK called “the Land” that allows for risky play.

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At the Land playground, adult “playworkers” watch over the children, but rarely intervene. (Hanna Rosin)

It looks like a documentary is being made about the Land.  The director, Erin Davis, lives in Vermont.  Wouldn’t it be great if this documentary could be screened at the New Hampshire Film Festival in October 2014? It could inspire a Land playground on the Seacoast!

The best part of this whole story is that I shared the Atlantic article on FB, and my Aunt Hep (by marriage) emailed me the message and photos below. Talk about inspiring.

Hi Jen,
I was interested in your Facebook posting about playground ideas, and thought you might be entertained with photos of a playground we built at the local elementary school in 1972.  Our parent teacher group had $600 to spend and found that we could buy one slide, so we decided to go DIY. We solicited materials from the town DPW and got lots of retired power poles, used tires and one nice piece of conduit pipe.  We had a meeting where people could make hands on designs from bits of dowel, O rings and other stuff.  Once designs were selected, the designer was captain of the team to build his or her item.  We had a work day.  We were lucky that the town had dumped swept up road sand in the area for years, so it was an easy surface to build on.  After everything was built, we had another work day to paint the poles in order to minimize splinters.  All ages pitched in that day.  Money was spent on paint and metal rods plus the balance beam which was good lumber.  The playground lasted about 20 years.
xox
Hep

Just look at these pictures.

Playground 1, '72

Playground 2, '72

Playground 3, '72

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The balance beam is my favorite.  I CLEARLY remember making my own balance beam in my yard when I was a kid.  I made it with found cement blocks and a plank of wood.  I imagined I was practicing my Olympic routine, over and over and over again.  I remember it as clear as day.

Enhabiten + Dyeing

I’ve known about Liane of Enhabiten since I saw an Etsy video about her back in 2009.  I really love her work and, for whatever reason, I like knowing that she lives in NH (my home state). I especially admire the work she is doing lately. She is dying secondhand and vintage items, giving them new life.  Look at these gorgeous t-shirts.  I love the blues and grays, the marks and lines.

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I would live in this gray t-shirt all summer long over a pair of black pants with a pair of Birks.

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Below is a close up of a chair pad she made.  Just lovely.  You can see more pictures of her chair pads on her blog.  You can also find them for sale in her Etsy shop.

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I also love how she is dyeing vintage doilies and table runners.  I have so many of these types of things tucked away.  I would like them so much more if I dyed them mustard.

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The project that she is working on that most delighted me is what she is doing with chenille.  I’ve seen chenille for sale in secondhand stores but never gave it a second thought.

When I saw these half moon pouches Liane was making I didn’t even recognize that they were made from secondhand chenille.  It looked to me like a material that she had embroidered.  Aren’t they lovely? She has a couple still available in her shop.

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half moon pouch indigoAll these images are from Liane’s blog – Enhabiten.  They are posted here with her permission.

Of course the other reason I have dyeing on the brain is because Shabd is coming to Kittery, Maine to teach a weekend workshop on dyeing.  It is scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend (May 10 + 11, 2014).  The registration page just when live yesterday.  Join the fun.  Email me at recovergirl360@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

CHASES GARAGE – YORK, MAINE

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chases-garageI went to the CHASES GARAGE Open Studios last night.  Very welcoming and inspiring.  They offer memberships in their PRINTMAKING and CERAMICS studios.  Makerspaces rule! They happen to be firing ceramics in the back yard when I arrived.  I don’t know anything about this process but it sure looks cool.

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I am attracted to the work of Alyssa Grenning.  She was not in her studio and I didn’t want to take any close-up photos of her work without her permission so I just snapped this photo below.  You can see more of her work on her website. Right.

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Also loving — Ashley Norman.  Her studio is like candy. Love her sense of color and balance.  Her studio was crowded so I just took a picture of her photo display in the gallery space.  She has a blog you should follow.

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Allison May Kiphuth creates miniature dioramas in vintage boxes.  The image below is taken from her webpage on the Chases Garage website.

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The one piece that I saw that really engaged me was something Allison created with found objects.  Allison created a mobile with the orphan hands of vintage clocks.  She tied them with string onto a vintage saw blade. Although I didn’t ask — I’m quite sure this piece is not for sale.  Too precious.

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