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Ebook – 288 pages
BISAC: NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9781550925715
Pub. Date: 2014-11-01

About the Author

Bruce King

Bruce King has been a structural engineer for 35 years, designing buildings of every size and type around the world. He is the Founder and Director of the Ecological Building Network (EBNet) www.ecobuildnetwork.org and the BuildWell conferences on green building materials. Bruce's decades of research into alternative building systems has led to building code changes in California and globally. He is the author of Buildings of Earth and Straw, Making Better Concrete, and the landmark Design of Straw Bale Buildings. Bruce lives in San Rafael, California.

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Common Threads (PDF)

Weaving Community through Collaborative Eco-Art

by Bruce King



Disposing of unwanted natural materials can be expensive and time-consuming, or it can present a tremendous opportunity for creating collaborative eco-art. Invasive species control, green waste management, urban gardening and traditional crafts can all be brought together to strengthen community relationships and foster responsible land stewardship. Simple, easily taught, creative techniques applied with shared purpose become the modern-day equivalent of a barn raising or a quilting bee.

Common Threads is a unique guide to engaging community members in communal handwork for the greater good. Author Sharon Kallis provides a wealth of ideas for:

  • Working with unwanted natural materials, with an emphasis on green waste and invasive species
  • Visualizing projects that celebrate the human element while crafting works of art or environmental remediation
  • Creating opportunities for individuals to connect with nature in a unique, meditative, yet community-oriented way.

Combining detailed, step-by-step instructions with tips for successful process and an overview of completed projects, Common Threads is a different kind of weaving book. This inspirational guide is designed to help artists and activists foster community, build empowerment and develop a do-it-together attitude while planning and implementing works of collaborative eco-art.

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