Self Reliance School + Self-Reliance Library
Temporary Services and Compound Yellow present the Self-Reliance Library and initiate the Self-Reliance School.
The Self-Reliance School will host classes, workshops, talks, public events, a book shop, a zine mercado and more from May – October 2017.
The Self-Reliance Library opened on May 21, 2017 and is an autonomous reading and creating library. It is a collection of older books and reference materials that Temporary Services has found inspiring while doing our own projects and living our lives, as well as new books we are just starting to spend time with. The Self-Reliance Library contains recently published titles that are still available as well as out of print books that you can find in public libraries or on the secondary market. It includes a few of our own publications as well.
The collection is designed to provoke the reader, encourage a deeper relationship with our shared natural and human environment, solve creative problems, or suggest imaginative directions for a range of creative practices. Most of these books have strong visuals and an accessibly designed approach to sharing knowledge.
The descriptions of these titles were written by Temporary Services except where otherwise quoted from a book’s authors or editors. Copies of the books in this guide are exhibited publicly at exhibitions and events that include the Self-Reliance Library.
The Self-Reliance Library consists of over 80 books about visionary architecture, desperate or wildly imaginative mobility, miniature buildings and nomadic living, self-publishing and design, skill sharing, everyday repair solutions, running a music venue, spaces for parenthood, toys and design for children, ecologically sound living, foraging, blueprints for fantasy worlds and alternate realities, pranks and mischief, technologies used in prisons and other restrictive or impoverished settings, survivalism, weapons for self-defense or recreation, and creative approaches to living radically.
We present the books from the Library with banners we have made from plastic bags, furniture we have made specifically for the library, and items we have made that were inspired by the books.
Play! Make! Connect! Camp Yellow, Summer 2017
Check it out!
Camp Yellow, Summer 2017
“Observing youngsters leads to the inevitable conclusion that for children, art is play and play is art.”
Jon Lidstone, "Working Big"
"Nothing is a mistake. There's no win and no fail. There's only make."
Sister Corita Kent!
Camp Yellow is a small scale, grass-roots summer camp where children of all ages can learn through creative processes. We experiment with materials, build confidence and community, and have a lot of fun. Camp Yellow is a safe, experimental three-week-long camp, grounded in the values of collaboration, creative play of all forms, and imagination. Our aim is that children who participate come to see themselves as valuable, creative thinkers and makers, connected in multiple ways to each other, nature and the world around them.
This year Camp Yellow is run by Raffa Reuther and Laura Shaeffer and draws inspiration from the teachings of Sister Corita Kent, "Learning by Heart", all of the books by John Lidstone and the experiences at SHoP Camp, offered for 5 consecutive years in Hyde Park. Also on site for deep inspiration is the "Self Reliance Library"; an autonomous reading and creating library by Temporary Services, Brett Bloom and Marc Fischer. Self Reliance Library consists of over 80 + books related to creative problem solving and imaginative directions for creative practices. Contact us for details at firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Shaeffer is an artist, mother, teacher, curator and community organiser working and living in Oak Park, Il.
Raffa Reuther is an artist specializing in play, performance and art education, graduating this year from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago Il.
We are makers who find inspiration in working with children of all ages in our personal art practices.
Guest teachers so far are Lora Lode, Regin Igloria, Dan Godston and many more! More on projects, inspiration and philosophy on our blog (coming soon)
Location: #244 Lake (Corner of Lake and Harvey) Oak Park, Il.
3 week camp ($300 per week)
9AM - 3PM
Ages 8 to 15
July Camp (3 weeks)
Week 1: July 10-14
Week 2: July 17-21
Week 3: July 24-28
Week 1: Build! (sculpture, forts and playgrounds, basic woodworking)
Week 2: Perform! (costume design, props and toys, puppet shows, creative writing)
Week 3: Moving Bodies and Images! (animation, zines, dancing, inflatables)
Fridays: field day, water time, mud or moss stenciling, seed bombs, creative cooking/baking
Games, Skills, Lunch, Free play, Project time, Feelings check in
Camp Yellow is limited to 10 to 12 kids, reserve your spot now!
Contact: email@example.com to request registration form.
About Compound Yellow:
Compound Yellow is an autonomous site for learning, researching, and making, consisting of multiple spaces for experimental exhibitions, public art installations, classes, workshops, film screenings, performances and other events.
Compound Yellow is Regin Igloria, Lora Lode and Laura Shaeffer, in collaboration with other local creatives: see our website for details - compoundyellow.com
Night Bloomers by Sean Ward
Opening Reception JUNE 4, 2-5p
I remember my mother grabbing the dandelion from my sister’s mouth. Picking pretty things was her interest - wild flowers and flowering weeds her favorite.
- Sean Ward
Night Bloomers at Compound Yellow will be the second iteration of Finger Flowers, a project developed by Sean Ward. Fastnet in Brooklyn, New York hosted the premiere entitled Container-Container where Ward's Sensei Yoshie Takahashi, her students, and her husband, ceramicist Marc Isaacs, collaborated on an exhibition of Ikebana arrangements in a shipping container on the Red Hook docks.
At Compound Yellow, a group of artists abroad were asked to create containers for artists residing in the vicinity of the Compound to use during an Ikebana workshop led by Ward. The workshop is held the night before the opening and the arrangements are placed throughout the Compound. Flowers will be renewed throughout the year by other exhibitors.
Finger Flowers is an experimental project and a question about adopted ancient arts in contemporary culture, Buddhism in Transcendentalism's legacy, and an east to west movement rather than a westernization. The completed *objects*, container and flowers, being singular and ephemeral allows for meditation around economy, preservation, and spirituality.
Hand out heads, I rebuked on a platter sniffling drowsy fat
I have enough cash to get damp, silver later
While snipping orchids Saturday
- Moribana poem 2016-01-12, Sean Ward
(Moribana poem, invented form based on 167 characters or less divided across three main lines. Shin, soe and tai the three main parts structuring a Moribana flower arrangement which goes from longest, strongest plant material to the shortest.)
Artists: Winslow Smith, Brian Hubble, Nate White, Tim Portlock, Pooneh Maghazehe, Diego Leclery, You Ni Chae, Fatima Haider, EunJi Kim, Chinatsu Ikeda, James Powers, Seth Hunter, Magalie Guerin, Erin Washington, Alberto Aguilar, Maddie Reyna, Peter Fagundo, Dan Gunn, Karolina Gnatowski, Michael Bill Smith, Allison Wade
About Ikebana, The Japanese Discipline of the Art of arranging flowers traces its origin to the 15th century when it began to coalesce into schools. Ikenobo is the oldest school with 550 years of unbroken tradition. Its spiritual base comes from the Senno Kuden or oral tradition. The spiritual link stands firm in the Rokakudo which is a temple on the grounds of its headquarters to this day.
The Ikebana practitioner seeks to quietly share in the universal life force during the creation of an arrangement. The brief interaction with live materials is both a meditation and an art which must happen precisely and in one sitting. The beauty of each season is expressed through a vast knowledge of techniques and a firm understanding of a plant’s place in nature. While many westerners look to the flower in full bloom as an ideal, the Ikebana practitioner sees this as the end of life. Buds, branches, and leaves just beginning to peak out from their origins are sought after as they express the wheel of life.
Forms & Features: Poetry Foundation Workshop Series
FORMS & FEATURES POETRY FOUNDATION WORKSHOP SERIES (January - April)
All experience levels are welcome to our poetry discussions and writing workshops led by Poetry Foundation Library staff member Maggie Queeney. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, April 17, 6-8 pm: Epistle
In April, we focus on the epistle, a poem addressed to a specific person and located in a specific space and time. After reading and discussing a wide range of epistles, participants will be guided through composing original epistolary poems.
Monday, March 20, 6-8 pm: Personification
In March, we explore personification, the device that transforms the non-human (the animal, the collective, the inanimate, the abstract) into human. The group will read and discuss a wide range of poems before composing original poems employing personification.
Monday, February 20, 6-8 pm: Tanka
In February, we explore tanka, an ancient Japanese mood poem often composed in sequence or conversation. The group will read and discuss a wide variety of poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing original tankas, will conclude the session.
Monday, January 20, 6-8 pm: Image
In January, we focus on the image, the sensual description evoking the physical world, and the connection between imagery and meaning. Participants will explore the effects of imagery in a wide range of poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing an original image-driven poem, concludes the session.