Living Ashes
ashes to ashes, dust to dust

“… you have ‘to follow the actors themselves’, that is try to catch up with their often wild innovations in order to learn from them what the collective existence has become in their hands, which methods they have elaborated to

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What do bees and birch trees have in common. Perhaps on the surface they seem quite separate, especially when you consider that birch trees are wind pollinated, and are therefore, not often visited by bees unless there is no other pollen

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So, I thought I would create a small gallery to cover the process of making soap. First, preparing, soaking and testing the ashes. Filtering the resulting lye Saponification with protocells Making soap Coconut oil soap and olive oil soap

Trying to boil the fat out in an open fire… Then moved indoors… Pork Fat as the result:

Upon looking for the real bamboo-made Joss paper, brought me to a very old traditional religion supplies shop in the old district of Taipei. The shop not only sells Joss paper, but also incense powder. Although by growing up in

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In Taiwan, some part of China, and many parts of East Asia, Joss paper (a. k. a. ghost money) is very often being used as ritual offerings for the dead, ancestors, and the holy. They are traditionally made of bamboo

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I’ve been experimenting with creating lye from two sources mainly — banana peels and scrap wood that was lying around in my local workshop. As you see in the images, each requires a different procedure. Wood in burnt in the

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I’ve been exploring the notion of vibrancy in matter — the idea that there is some ‘force’ which makes matter living, and the fact that as it fades away, matter slowly becomes inert. I find this a very poetic notion,

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The potash has been pH tested last weekend. Here are some pictures as results. So…the egg did not float. What went wrong? The Red Cabbage pH-test preparation This was lot of fun. The cabbage gave a lovely color to the

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We discussed the need to come up quickly with a list of material that we will need to be delivered to Helsinki. We have been asked now to provide this as soon as possible such that they can be delivered

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