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Re: [Permaculture-and-Urban-Homesteading] Meeting notes from Saturday Night

From: user 8.
Sent on: Monday, February 22, 2010 8:42 PM
Please do not call the crafts that I have talked about "trash crafts" because there are many elders and others who have been making rag rugs,  for generations and quilts worth over hundreds of dollars.  I think some people would be insulted by this term.  (Including me)
Trash refers to items soiled or worn beyond use and should be thrown away.  When I was younger, not much went into the trash.  People take this term to mean what ever they dont want or like.  I call it craft cycling or re purposing materials into useful crafts.  The crochet hooks and yarn have yet to be used and never were trash,  Spinners get 6 to $15 per skein of their hand made yarn.  This can be animal fibers or plant fibers.. I have gone to after school crafing with my kids and I think if I called their crafts using popcicle sticks, clothes pins and string..etc..trash crafts..they would have tossed me out on my butt. 

I plan to set up my arts and crafts area with some instruction and demonstration depending on the interest and creativity level of the child.   If the kids are told this is trash crafts, they may not want to participate.  I live near an ice cream stand and I sit on my porch to watch people drop their cups and plastic straws etc when they finish and have to pick the "trash" off my lawn..One father riding bikes with his daughter. The girl was having trouble holding her fruit drink and ride her bike, so the drink fell on the sidewalk.  Well the girl stopped to bend over to pick it up and the father looked back at her and said "Don't pick that up...Its trash now"...  So do you think something I take pride in designated as the same as putting out negative respect.   I also make crochet hooks out of wood from branches..Are these also trash crafts??   I would like the notes changed as it was not my comment to call them that so I ask for a correction or the persons name attached to the remark.     I think I work hard to be creative and get supplies and sometimes donations or grants.   I understand the whole permaculture mindset is not just gardening or crafts, but its a sense of community and working together. My addition is to teach that things have value and get away from a disposable society which has lingered on into how we treat one another.  Please be considerate in what I am trying to contribute.   

--- On Sun, 2/21/10, Frank Cetera <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Frank Cetera <[address removed]>
Subject: [Permaculture-and-Urban-Homesteading] Meeting notes from Saturday Night
To: [address removed]
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2010, 8:16 PM

Meeting Notes from the Feb 20th Permaculture Gathering Planning Potluck, the final meeting before the event. Committee members should review if they were not present. Volunteers still welcome to help with general planning and implementation.

Click here to view Notes or visit the Files section of our Meetup site.

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