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Have you found the Society6 website yet?  It’s the platform for artwork created by hundreds of thousands of artists from around the world.  This print is by Greg-guillemin.  Chances are if you find an image you like (shouldn’t be hard) you can have it printed on ‘natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper’ – or on a pillow, hoodie, iphone cover, tote bag or T-shirt….  Maybe I don’t need more wall space, I can start wearing art :-)

Now that we’ve got some land in the country the design challenges are huge/exhilarating!  We have just started working with the team at Rural Design to create a Landuse Development and Management Plan for the property based on the following vision:

  • Successfully integrate the aesthetics and function of the property; responding to the multiple needs of the rural landscape; transforming it to combine future-focussed agricultural and horticultural productivity that creates an outstanding landscape legacy while recognising our responsibility to conservation, culture heritage, local people and economy, biodiversity, and family.
  • Provide an approach to the management and stewardship of the landscape that provides an enduring balance between production and conservation, recognising the key elements of custodianship and stewardship in farming.

Actually I can sum the vision up in one word – respect.

What it doesn’t capture though is our lack of money – so the challenge is also how to do this cost effectively :-)

So in my world, Permaculture is the new black :-)  I didn’t even know what it meant a couple of months ago.  Here’s a link to Permaculture.org if you’re interested.

It’s really exciting.  Bring it on!

I’m looking forward to the day we take ourselves off the grid.  However before that happens I need the price of solar panels to drop to give a shorter payback, the technology efficiency to improve, and the solution not to look like a tacked on after-thought.  I think Stafier in Holland are onto something with these solar panels that are set into the roof, replacing the tiles that were there – cool :-)

Inspired by the way designers hold up their work, Handvas is a fun way to display your prints.  The hands are 3D printed using a high-quality printer and made from polyamide (plastic) and come in a polished finish.  If you’re interested the artwork is by Luca Ionescu.  These hands are yours for $360AUD (+ postage).  I assume Handvas is Australian – their website is very shy.