Micro-gardening, micro-habitats and other news

After a busy few weeks, the Furnace Park team is looking forward to its official opening event (details of which will be published here soon). Also, we’ve been thinking about the possibility of micro-gardening. We’d like to build – with the help of volunteers – a number of our scaffolding-board planters on site and invite people to come and ‘curate’ them, alongside the research-led historical growing projects currently being developed on site by Jane Hodson and Joseph Moore. If you’d like to take part, please email Amanda Crawley Jackson (a.j.jackson@sheffield.ac.uk)

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We’re also looking forward to starting our project with the environmental arts organisation, Art in the Park. SKINN are currently designing a series of prototypes for huts, nests, dens and other micro-habitats, which we’ll be building and testing over the coming weeks (despite the cold and rain!).

In 2014, when the weather gets a little better, Art in the Park will run a series of workshops, showing how you can make your own micro-habitat, using materials sourced freely in the local area.

The nests idea has been inspired by the work of Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), a radical feminist and socialist thinker who visited Sheffield and Edward Carpenter’s Commonwealth Café (which was located just around the corner from Furnace Park) and whose letters have been published online by the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield, as part of a research project led by Professor Liz Stanley at the University of Edinburgh.

Source: Ratsumies Peter Halket Mashonamaasta (published in 1909 in Finland), by Olive Schreiner (1855–1920), translated by Aino Malmberg (1865–1933).
Source: Ratsumies Peter Halket Mashonamaasta (published in 1909 in Finland), by Olive Schreiner (1855–1920), translated by Aino Malmberg (1865–1933).

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