Seed Ofrendas for Arvin’s Wildflowers. Part 1

Michelle and I conducted an event for the engagement series entitled: Armory Show and Tell, where we were invited to discuss our practice through a hands-on workshop. We started off by introducing participants to Arvin and our latest project, 1000 Wildflowers and the Women of Arvin, Ca. Then, we started the activity. About 20 participants took part in creating good wishes, which we called ofrendas. These pieces were made from bio-degradable materials and laced with poppy seeds in a yogurt base. Participants placed tiny orange flags on a map of Arvin where where their ofrenda would be planted. They are our homage to the wildflowers that used to blanket the hills surrounding Arvin. The workshop took place on August 6, at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.  For a full description of our workshop you can click here.

****** Special Thanks to Nathalie Sanchez for taking these photos

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Before beginning the hands-on activity, Michelle Glass and Hataya Tubtim introduce our work in the community of Arvin, California through a slideshow. A projection of flower covered hills is left up for inspiration.

Michelle Glass and Hataya Tubtim explain give instructions to workshop participants

Michelle and Hataya give instructions to workshop participants

More instructions from Michelle

More instructions from Michelle

Participants get to work, painting and drawing.

Participants get to work, painting and drawing.

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Workshop participants paint on biodegradable flags. Later, the flags will be removed from their stakes and buried directly into the ground.

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Participants look to images of the golden poppy for inspiration. The paint is made out of yogurt and laced with Poppy seeds.

Sergio Teran working on his image

Sergio Teran working on his image

Watching mama paint!

Watching mama paint!

inspired by the golden poppy

Golden poppies freshly picked that morning.

showing off the finish

showing off the finish

finally placing their flags on the map.

finally placing their flags on the map.

Each number corresponds to an ofrenda, and will be planted in the area indicated. Here, the flags lie close to a landmark called 'The Cross.'

Each number corresponds to an ofrenda, and will be planted in the area indicated. Here, the flags lie close to a landmark called ‘The Cross.’

In all, we received 23 ofrendas to plant in Arvin. These represent the participant's good wishes for the return of the wildflowers.

In all, we received 23 ofrendas to plant in Arvin. These represent the participant’s good wishes for the return of the wildflowers.

Thank you! Armory Center for the arts for including us in the Show and Tell series and allowing us to talk about our work in Arvin.

Thank you! Armory Center for the arts for including us in the Show and Tell series and allowing us to talk about our work in Arvin.

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  1. Pingback: Seed Ofrendas for Arvin’s Wildflowers. part 2 « De Colores: A Community Story Project

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