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The Regeneration Project, Wendy Goldstein & Sue Lennox

Turn on, tune in and drop out. The average American child spends 44 hours a week watching TV, whilst Australian kids spend twice as much time watching TV than they do reading a book. It’s a way of life now, it’s on in the background, it’s on during bath time and as you’re juggling the kids and making dinner. Children are spending less time outdoors and more time looking at a screen. In 1995, Richard Louv coined the term ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ to describe this disengagement of children from nature.

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If children spend less time in nature early in life, they’re less likely to care for nature as adults. In this increasingly digital age, how looks the future for nature?

Wendy Goldstein and Sue Lennox (from Macquarie University & Oz Green) have partnered to launch a project called The Re Generation Project, that is asking what can be done to reconnect young people with nature. They’re calling for young people to share their ideas on https://www.facebook.com/theregeneration.inspirenature

Nature’s not a destination, it’s as close as your own backyard!

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So out we went, into the backyard to play and pick our small stash of plants for our pressed plant terrariums.

DIY PRESSED PLANT TERRARIUM

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Draw out your terrarium onto thick sheets of white paper, painting in a little dirt. Glue plants onto your terrarium and layer over with clear contact. Press down over the contact with your hands then cut out.

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The kids making their pressed plant terrariums

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 Other nature craft ideas… with leaves

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Marshmallows & Edible Markers

Edible. Markers. Sounds as compatible as Chalk. Cheese.

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Instructions on the back read “Ideal para Queso”…. ideal for cheese. Yes, remarkable, doodling on cheese, so why not on marshmallows, which is what we did and will do often over the school holidays. Daughter has this thing for fruit sticks: skewers pierced through 1 part fruit: 10 part marshmallow. A bit light on the fruit, nonetheless, after a long day when a little persuasion is required…

watercolour feathers glued to skewers

9 watercolour feathersAdd edible markers, fruit, kids and marshmallows…

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The girls and the fruits and mallows of their efforts

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Schrödinger’s cat

Curiosity killed the cat… some of the time.

Back in 1935, there was a widely accepted theory amongst physicists when it came to teeny, tiny things not visible to the eye. They agreed that since you can’t see them, it’s possible they could be in state x or state y, so let’s say they’re both, in two states at the one time (the Copenhagen interpretation of Quantum mechanics).

An Austrian physicist called Erwin Schrodinger thought this to be reductio ad absurdum (absolutely whack). He put the theory to life size terms to illustrate his point, this became known as Schrodinger’s cat. The thought experiment goes; What happens when you put a cat in a box with a vial of poison and a trigger. How does kitty fare?

According to the accepted thought at the time, since you can’t see the cat, either possibility is valid, cat is both dead AND alive. When you open the lid reality collapses to one possibility or the other. Until that moment, it’s undead kitty.

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This led to all sorts of other theories about parallel possible realities… but that’s another story altogether!

DIY UNDEAD CATS

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Zombie Cat Straw Toppers

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For more of my Halloween crafts –

https://speckledsydney.wordpress.com/category/halloween/


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Raining Cats and Dogs

Back in the day when ‘forsooth’ and ‘uncouth’ were in common use, cats and dogs sought warmth and shelter in the thatched roofs of village folk. When the heavens opened, the downpour would flush out the four legged from their comfy hidey holes, and thus was borne the saying ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’. This is one of the many theories of the origins of this phrase.

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It’s raining cats & dogs in water colour pencils

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Who is Miroslav Váša?

Who is Miroslav Váša? More elusive than John Galt, I could find little info on this Czechoslovakian Illustrator.

I stumbled across his haunting Halloween illustrations in Bohuslav Březovský: The Mysterious Castle (1969).

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Bohuslav Březovský

Bohuslav Březovský The Mysterious Castle Svojanov

Radovan Krátký: Bubáci / The Bugaboos Or Little Natural History Of The Spooks, Ghosts And Phantoms (1961).

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Ghoulish? Macabre? A little disturbing.

Miroslav Váša

Born, lived and died in the Czech Republic 16.5.1920 to 14.8.1996

Illustrator, Typographer, Graphic Designer.

Other illustrated books by Miroslav Váša:

Pisen Pisni, 1956

Pisen Pisni, 1956 Il MV

Mlady Technik, 1962

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Kraj Dvoji Oblhy, 1969

Ilustrace: Miroslav Váša, 1969

Dobrodruzstvi Prostopasnic, 1973 

1973 Ilustrace Miroslav VÁŠA

 


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Chrissy Lau inspired coat hangers

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” Albert Einstein

Well Chrissy Lau is one clever clogs. Leaving England for sunny Sydney, this lady has a law degree and is a self-taught artist. This is a mural she created around the theme of change.

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 Her illustrations are intricate and pretty.

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 I saw a few of these by Chrissy Lau at the local shops recently…

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and thought to make something similar with water colour paints for our hangers at home!

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