A special thanks to Jenny Milarski for her patience and amazing idea. We met in a particularly busy day for me and I was very sorry not to have had more time to dedicate her.

Nevertheless her idea is brilliant and could be the start of a truly great project. Jenny’s usually works with ideas of Hyper-Masculinity, in her latest body of work she looked at body builders and the contradiction between having such a huge muscle mass and not being able to use it.

For this project Jenny was inspired by Bosnian Taekwondo Master, Mohamed Kahrimanovic who has managed to crush 111 coconuts for his Guinness Book of Records entry. Jenny would like to find a way to break the plum stone using the same techniques as in Taekwondo. She would like to  go on a research trip to Ex Yugoslavia countries to meet up with Mohamed.

Jenny sees the seed as a gender ideal and would like to work with the idea of “breaking” or “not breaking” the seed to delve into the conceptual means that it carries.


Alex has been up to incredible things this week. He has made a silicon mould of the plum stone. The pictures, kindly taken by Alex, illustrate the process. He used plaster this time, but will soon be experimenting with other materials such as PU resins and maybe metals. Wow.

It was quite uncanny to see the original and the copy one next to each other. I think this is already a great project. Thank you Alex for all the good work.



I think this creation needs a post all to itself.

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Jojo made it in one of those moments in the office which are deemed unproductive, but you just have to look at the picture to understand how productive it really was. Thank you Jojo, may your life in the office be very boring.

I received an email from Libby who is in Bali. Libby is taking part in my Plum Stone Project. I have decided to paste her thoughts directly in this post following the description of our original agreement.

Libby has raised interesting questions about authorship for projects such as this; most of these questions I’m not sure I have an answer for. So I will let them linger in the post and have a think in the meantime.

There has also being an interesting change of plan. I can’t wait to see pictures of the new “process the stone will go through.

Libby, I send you all my love. Hope you’re having a great time.


Libby artist and founder of Egg House Art,  will keep the stone close to her until she leaves for a six month trip around the world.

Before leaving she will put it in a safe place in the house and photograph it. During her trip she will  send updates and reflection on participatory art practices, a common interest.

Libby will also reflect on the idea of contamination and quarantine as she is not allowed to carry seeds into many of the countries she we be traveling to, including Australia where she’s from.


So I accidentally brought it with me!

Don’t go through Australian quarantine for a few weeks yet, so will end of doing something with it in Bali. About integration of east and west. Will probably grind it up with tamarind seed, rice grains from our local field, eat it and poo it out.

Thinking about the impact of us tourists here. We are living right on the rice paddy and finding out about impact of expat houses on the fascinating, ancient Subak irrigation system. All about interconnectedness and harmony.

Written about in David Suzuki’s wonderful book Good News For Change and here.

http://www.amazon.com/Good-News-Change-Everyday-Helping/dp/155054926X (I have a copy for later)


I really really recommend you both looking at Joanna Macy’s work and any of the deep ecologists.


World as Lover, World as Self for example

Am I just a “pooping machine” or something more?

Is there any advantage to being a more complex (?), educated westerner, rather than a simple, superstitious (?) Balinese. Is Buddhism the next evolutionary stage on from Hinduism?

These are all questions I am slowly, deeply, quietly composting at present. In between being waited on hand and foot by very happy people who’s basic needs seem to be very well met and who work very hard (the women especially!)

That’s all for now. You might like to think about who the “authors” of the project are, about the nature of collaboration and control, about multiple authors on a blog. It might be easier for us to speak for ourself rather than through The Artist.

I found a two kilo bag of reduced plums in a supermarket one Sunday autumn afternoon, so I decided to make urban jam with them. I hadn’t imagined that the process would also produce 44 plum stones. I religiously fished the 44 stones out of the molten jam pot and stacked them all onto a chopping board. They looked so prefect, just like little sculptures, I was reluctant to throw them away. Instead I decided to organise a participatory project, during which I would distribute the 44 plum stones to 44 different people.

This project is a collaborative piece where the ‘seed keeper’ decides what happens to the plum stone. It can be planted or decorated, carved, photographed, used in a performance and more. I would like to meet with the person and negotiate process and documentation of the stone, which I can help with or leave completely to the discretion of the individual.

The whole process will be documented from start to finish as below:

• Each stone will be photographed on all four sides before it’s given away

• I will take a picture of each person with their plum stone

• I will create a spreadsheet on which I will note which stone goes to whom, and what was decided after an initial meeting with the prospective seed keeper

• I will take a follow-up picture one month after adoption, and document the findings

If you would like to participate in the project please contact me on lorenza@lorenzaippolito.co.uk


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All pictures © Francesca Moore

Here are some pictures from Seed to Seed Conversational Workshop that took place on the 6th September.

Thanks to all who took part in the workshop. We had an incredibly vibrant conversation with exceptionally varied groups of participants including the members from the local Indian communities, food growers and seed enthusiasts, Roger Smith from the Millennium Seed Bank and artists amongst others.

Particularly a warm thank you to the Indian Community representatives for their generous contributions of life experience in the UK and how they struggled to find a way to keep their vegetarian food culture alive in the constraints of the UK vegetable supply of the 60s, 70s and 80s. We heard incredible stories of sweetcorn growing in Kent against all predictions and monthly treks to London to stock up on spices, cooking oils, fruit and vegetables amongst other essentials.

Thank you to Roger Smith from the Millennium Seed Bank for his knowledge and helping us gain an insight into seed production.

Thanks also to all other participants for coming  and for sharing their views. Part of my work as an artist is to facilitate ways of making people from diverse backgrounds meet and share views. I think this event can be seen as a success.

I will be using audio recordings from this workshop to create a new piece of work and I will provide more information closer to the time.

I have some great feedback from some of the participants that you can read below.

I hope to continue the discussion and to be able to go deeper into the conversations soon with all of you.


Thanks Lorenza. I found it a very interesting meeting and particularly enjoyed the input from people of Indian origin, and from the scientists, who made a special and valuable contribution. I look forward to the next conversation, and I do appreciate the effort you put for people’s comfort: great venue, great refreshments etc.” Valerie

I really enjoyed the workshop and also was interested in reading your blog – I loved your photos.
I thought you might like to see a couple of the seed images I made recently…
Such and interesting subject! Look forward to more…” Erika

It was great to be able to get along to Seed to Seed on Friday and I really enjoyed it and I think you are a very good host! It was an interesting mix of people and it was really nice to meet everyone and have the opportunity to chat.

[…] I’d have loved to have learned a bit more about the traditions of seed keeping and perhaps seen some pictures – but perhaps I will find out more about it when you finally show the work. It is a really interesting subject with so many different facets and questions attached to it and of course people have such strong opinions and it is obviously a very emotive area. It was really interesting to have the seed scientist there who was able to give us a little factual information too.” Judith

Would you like to take part in a participatory art project at Fabrica Art Gallery?

© Francesca Moore

© Francesca Moore

Seed to Seed is a conversational workshop that will culminate in an artist film.

Using conversation and recordings from India as a catalyst we will delve into the many Indian and Asian cultures present in Brighton to understand their richness.

The conversation will be open to all participants creating a platform to discuss cultural diversity. Seed keeping in India, food production and technology, food in culture amongst other themes.The event will be filmed and audio recorded.
Refreshments Provided.

Seed to Seed – Free Conversational Workshop
6th September 2:30-4:00pm, Fabrica Gallery, 40 Duke Street, BN1 1HG An exploration of Seed Keeping, Technology, Food Production and Indian Cultures

For more information about the project blog: Learning Curves
email: lorenza@lorenzaippolito.co.uk or
call: 01273 778646