Liam goes to the local secondary college and this week is doing work experience with Artist as Family. Liam lives around the corner and every day this week has arrived on his bike at 9am with a bag of wild apples picked by his mum, ready to start the day.
Rather than just relegating Liam to spend time in a studio as he might have done with other practising artists, we have been out and about this week showing him how we live and make our art of the everyday.
As we live car free, riding and looking after our bikes is a big part of what we do
as is promoting bike culture in our town, and the monthly local Critical Mass ride.
Because we don't shop in supermarkets, thinking and talking about what we eat is also a big part of what we do. What we put in our bodies fuels the art we make, so if we want to make environmentally and socially responsible work, the food we eat needs to represent this. Every Wednesday we shop at our local organic bulk food table. This week we bought olive oil, almonds, tahini and 2kg of fresh juicy feijoas.
We made pasta.
We planted garlic before the full moon.
We measured up a potential site for a community food garden and drew up a draft plan of it to present to our local council.
We made music
and most importantly, we made a great new friend.