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Professional permaculture designs are one thing, and dreamy visions are another. As a visual artist, I would love to collaborate with you on all kinds of permaculture-related projects (and perhaps a little beyond).

Maybe you are in the beginning of your design process, and need your vision illustrated before you make an actual design? Maybe you need a neat artwork that will keep you motivated and inspired while your actual land still looks like a battlefield? Or perhaps you need something easier to "see" than a map on a grid, with dots and icons instead of trees, animals and buildings?



The transformation of my own garden has been very gradual, because it doesn't belong only to me and I had to convince others that it can be more than the very conventional lawn, like all our neighbours have. Also, I love to improvise, experiment and change my mind (like most artists do, even if we also have other, more responsible jobs - academic teacher for one, in my case).



Dogs that use my tiny garden as their toilet forced me to specialize in making natural fences. I now fence everything, everywhere, which also helped me create and remember the zones. Another thing are farm animals - I love them! I can't have them yet, so I find small farmers around to collaborate with. Do you have / want to have farm animals? I love you already.



I also make actual artworks, like the ones people hang up on walls. I'm a pro at traditional printmaking techniques, of which lithography is my favourite. I also love watercolours and acrylic paints. I also enjoy using them all in the same artwork. If you live at the opposite end of the world, here is good news: I can send you a high quality scan and you can print it yourself, and it's often not so expensive to send the actual artwork.



It doesn't have to be permaculture or naturalistic stuff (although I seem to specialize in drawing trees lately). I do individual and family portraits, pet portraits, etc. Or completely abstract stuff. But maybe you need something more specific and realistic, for example: a drawing of some breed of an animal, or a process?



Or maybe you wrote a book and need to have it illustrated? I also work as a bookbinder, so I do know the entire process from start to end!



Maybe you need your agenda illustrated for your website, article, or a heated online debate? Perhaps I'm your man! ;)



Or maybe you want to learn how to do all this yourself? I'm more than happy to teach drawing, bookbinding, and all that related stuff.

Prices depend on many things:
- how big is the project
- when it needs to be done
- how complicated it is
- how many revisions it may need
I'm also very happy to barter, collaborate and do free stuff for a good reason.
I do not pick up projects abandoned by artists who disagreed with you, that's a bad practice. Try some nonviolent communication and get the job done.
But I love to work together with multiple artists if necessary - great fun! That includes writers, designers who do the technical drawings, animators, or more artsy collaborations, such as with musicians and performers.
If you're an artist yourself, doing this kind of job, and need to consult it with someone - I'm happy to do that, probably for free. It can take some time because I also have real life students, but it's a very useful practice.

Send me a Purple Mooseage, or email me at: eerschay@protonmail.com
 
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Another opportunity, perhaps for after the Covid hiatus, is this: artist in residence. This is suitable for creative projects on site, and might be good if you:

- want to have the artist (me) as your guest for about a month (it can be shorter, usually not longer, although some residencies can last even a year)
- live in a remote area and want to invite people in (as an audience, but they can become your future clients, guests, friends)
- don't live in a remote area but still want more people, and more reasons to talk permaculture
- want to have artworks more directly inspired by your place, or its surroundings, history, etc.
- want to run workshops, talks, exhibitions, other social events related with the artworks being made

Me residing in my garden:



It usually works this way: the host provides accomodation, and some place to work. It can be a room or some place outside (for making land art and this kind of stuff). Throughout the month, there can be events announced when audience is invited to meet me - the artist, and talk about the work being made, and to participate in workshops. It's also a good opportunity to advertise the place to local community, who can come to see the art, and learn about the farm, etc. To have an exhibition, you don't need a professional gallery; it can be a site-specific installation, and I've made these in most unusual places. It just needs to be generally safe and accessible.
On the other hand, you can use it as an opportunity to get in touch with a local gallery or other cultural place, and continue to collaborate later.

The artist - me makes art (of course) - usually having a general idea of it before arrival, but otherwise it's a work in progress. It can end with an exhibition or some other kind of social event, and the host can keep some (or all) of the resulting works. It's always a good portfolio-building opportunity, and if I had a residency at a permaculture place, I'd be extra delighted! It's also a more social event than just ordering artworks, great for building a community. It can be more or less crowded depending on a specific place and its people, it can be a collaboration with other artists, and it can be a chance to develop your homestead (I don't have a proper PDC yet, but I'm planning to get one).

My other interests, which I can include in my artistic practice during a residency, are:

- land art (Andy Goldsworthy is my idol here)
- feminism (women growing food, owning land, etc.; in the past, I did body painting & staged photography projects around this context)
- book arts and storytelling
- non toxic printmaking (more of a technical issue, but it's true that some printmaking techniques are not environmentally friendly...)

A detail of my land art installation made along a local road:



A site-specific multimedia work in a ruined castle kitchen:



My very abstract painting in a very unusual place, which didn't have a roof... or a floor:



There is always a number of foundations and cultural institutions which want to sponsor such initiatives, and would further promote your place if you wish, so ask around! And send me a Purple Mooseage, or email me at: eerschay@protonmail.com
 
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New idea: quail aviary and a potting shed. Yay or nay?



1. The coop.
2. Growing tomatoes inside (or other plants that quail could eat too).
3. Vines on the outside, climbing on the mesh.
4. Some transparent roof.
5. Drinking trough under the coop.
6. Rainwater container.
7. A barrier to contain the bedding and to keep predators away.
 
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Another idea for the aviary:



1. Quail coop and a drinking trough under it.
2. Some really solid (wooden?) frame to keep martens away (or other predators). I read that for martens, it should even be wrapped in barbed wire...
3. Vines on the outside, climbing on the mesh.
4. Some transparent roof.
5. Pigeon coop. Also, both coops could be made into one.
6. Rainwater barrel.
7. A barrier to contain the bedding and to keep predators away.
 
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