Living Ashes
ashes to ashes, dust to dust
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“… 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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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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Let’s talk about how can we make a lye solution with ashes and water. Wikipedia: “Historically, lye used in the cold process was made from scratch using rainwater and ashes. Soapmakers deemed the lye solution ready for use when an

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SAPONIFICATION Saponification is the chemical reaction responsible for the protocell behavior we have observed under the microscope with Martin, and also produces soap when done at larger scales. So saponification rocks! Definition Saponification is the reaction between lye (HO-) and

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