13 December 2018
by Hilary Cox Condron
Whatever you make of them
All or nothing
They are living signs of flowers or spirit
They are signs of heaven
rising and falling suns and moons
the centre of the earth and universe
God’s eye… they tremble in my
Richard Pousette-Dart talked about how creating his abstract art lifted him from thinking about objects and materialism. Over 200 people followed in his footsteps and did just that as we worked together to create this Shop Floor For Dummies: Living a Circular Life.
Taking inspiration from the work and philosophy of Richard Pousette-Dart and collaborating with Circular Cambridge to promote living with less, we made marks and created our own circles representing nature, life, the planet, dreams and connections. We looked at the brass symbols Richard Pousette-Dart created – currently exhibited at Kettle’s Yard – and participants designed their own to represent themselves and their place in the universe.
The workshops – delivered at The Sustainable Fashion Festival, Kettle’s Yard and Mill Road Winter Fair were held just before the Christmas shopping frenzy began in earnest. A perfect time to celebrate the friendship between Jim Ede and the artist that spanned over forty years of letter writing – Richard Pousette-Dart in New York and Jim here in Cambridge. Richard made Jim a brass ring (on permanent display in The House) and Jim gifted a perfect shell or pebble in return. Bring back letter writing and made and found gifts full of love!
With thanks – of course – to every gorgeous one of you who added their mark (and if you haven’t seen the exhibition yet please drop in to see it!), to the (also very gorgeous) volunteers who helped me run the workshops, Ruth at Re-Imagine scrap store in Witchford for supplying materials and Finlay Cox for photography.
Richard Pousette-Dart: Beginnings is at Kettle’s Yard until 6 January 2019.
For more tips about living well with less stuff visit circularcambridge.org