OUR TOP SUBMISSIONS:
Studio notebook by Eleanor Reagan
We honor with gratitude the land itself and all the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations and into the future.
There was a constant and generous flow and input of people who gathered around this project, and we thank you. Ted Ollier, of Reflex Letterpress, advised on the font selection and everything related to print. Liz Johndrow, of Terra Collaborative, was our earthen sage. Alison Adams guided us on social considerations. Chard deNiord (former Poet Laureate of Vermont) helped us understand the power of words. Co-collaborator Eliot Lothrop of Building Heritage, researched and built the Witness house as a container for the blocks of words spilling out of the ground. Dirt Tech generously donated clay and sand.
The studio was graced with the artists, environmentalists, policy builders, writers, designers, and social scientists of the future. Each intern brought with them their own interest and skill to be integrated into the project. We all learned from each other. We laughed, sang, sweated and played word games, all while stomping, crushing, molding, pressing the earth into adobe word blocks. This project would not have been possible without the earnest and diligent work of Diane Klement, Michael Weiss, Brooke Van Buiten, Meryl Braconnier, Emily Kiernan, and studio managers Eleanor Reagan and Carley Zarzeka. My heart is filled with hope for the future with you all at the helm. Thank you for your generous dedication to this project and to the world.
And lastly, thanks to you, the input of word submissions from the public has been like that one song a band plays at the end of a set. This might be a song that everyone in the audience knows the words to, like an old folk tune. The audience then sings along with the band and the melody is rich in the depth of the audience knowing the words they have listened to over and over. Getting words daily from the public was like hearing a vast group singing the words to a song we all know, BENEVOLENCE, RECIPROCITY, MERCY, LOVE, PEACE. We hope the song is chanted from the hilltops, rising up from the earth and into the hearts of many.
Nancy Winship Milliken