This being my first time to experience an event out at the playa, I'm not all too sure how this project would fit into the whole experience. Having heard and read about Burning Man for so many years I would be the first to admit I've been secretly envious of others how have had the experience. Then upon being told that this year would be the year I would be there I jumped at the chance to share in the journey!
Initial thoughts were to conceive of the grey water recycling project which is still obviously needed and definitely top on the list.
Previous experience with creating nourishment from natural sources
already put me ahead of the game (sure makes for healthy gifting).
Having a unique mode of transportation
also gives rise to serving a special purpose in the community(s) that will develop out there.
Yet there still seemed as if something was missing...
...enter the FurTile project:
Admittedly, it was the play on words which dawned almost instantaneously upon realizing that the theme for 2012 would be Furtility 2.0, although the animal skin painted ceramic
or vinyl version was what was immediately envisioned. Later, while staring at some objects collected over time, these tired eyes fell upon some interlocking foam rubber mats - children’s tiles rescued from the neighbor's trash, conjuring ideas of covering them with leftover material from some long forgotten costume. Thus bore the dream of connecting these meager few tiles with those of other inspired individuals!
Could FurTile be too simple? It’s definitely not original, not really brilliant, difficult or even grand? FurTile is definitely utilitarian, providing a soft place to rest, stretch, or even just to gaze upon. FurTile is portable, gift worthy, and will possibly connect those of different skin color.
There may be several ways to find involvement in the FurTile community. If just by procuring the interlocking rubber mats (the so called tiles) or the faux fur fabric with which to cover said tiles and then creating FurTiles on their own. Or by donating found/bought/bartered materials to those who are willing and crafty enough to create the finished product. Feel free to work independently or to collaborate with whomever and by all means let me know if there is any way I can be of assistance to you.
For those who could possibly use such a comfortable and colorful surface to express themselves upon, feel free to respond.
I humbly present this to anyone who feels inclined. Please feel free to make FurTile your own imagination.
Always at your service,
We have a soft spot for humanity.