SA 2014 Part 2: The 3rd Annual Trash to Treasure Festival

Herein is the second round of photos from my journey to South Africa two weeks ago for the 3rd Annual Trash to Treasure Festival.

The price of admission to the Festival was one eco-brick – a plastic bottle stuffed full of waste plastics – which could then be placed into a wall of the outdoor classroom that is being built at the Greyton Green Park.

It was a huge milestone for us to see this vision realized at the Festival this year; people gathering and containing  the plastic waste of their community and dumping site and utilizing it immediately as a building material.

– Jo Stodgel 4/30/14

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SA 2014 Part 1: From Brooklyn to the Greyton Green Park

Here is the first installment in a collection of photographs that I took during a five day journey to the Western Cape of South Africa and back to the land of Brooklyn, NY. I was honored to be invited down for the weekend to help with and host the Third Annual Trash to Treasure Festival of Transition at the Greyton Green Park.

Herein is pictured my journey from the trains of New York City to the streets of Cape Town and beyond to the beautiful hills and surrounds of the Riviersonderend Range and river valley, to see the foundations and base layers of one of the first eco brick constructions in South Africa:

– Jo Stodgel 4/29/14

The DO School Visits The Hudson Company

Several days ago the DO School fellows and Challenge Lab facilitator Scott Francisco took a short walk from the Made in NYC Media Center to the nearby Hudson Company in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The Company was founded by a man named Jamie Hammel who chose to apply his business education to the arts of fine woodworking and reclamation.

When he began his research on the subject, he discovered a small group of productive woodchucks who were deeply passionate about wood but lacked the business knowledge to work on a larger scale or with more mainstream clients and firms. In response he established his business to offer a platform for these fine woodworkers who were so diligently rescuing and upcycling old timbers from abandoned or condemned buildings such as old barns and tobacco mills.

I was pleasantly delighted and surprised to walk into the showroom, where a variety of woods hang, most of them samples of one of a kind “limited batches”, and some of them hundreds of years old. The company focuses mainly on flooring and interior design applications but shares the showroom with Mark Jupiter, a man and his crew who are making beautiful furniture with the woods that Jamie sources and processes at a mill 90 miles to the North of NYC. I look forward to visiting the mill one day with my brother James who is also a passionate woodworker and currently making furniture in Santa Fe, NM from reclaimed shipping pallets. Some of his past work can be found here.

All the best to Jamie, his crew and their upcoming projects such as the flooring of the new Whitney Museum in NYC.

– Joseph Stodgel 3/14/14

Soon to Go Live with Fellowship Crowdfunder

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Greetings Spoke of Source Friends!

Yesterday dear friend Rob Woodford put the final touches on the video for my upcoming crowdfunding campaign which will go live in the next 24 hours or so and run through the month of February. The video features some awesome acted parts with friend Nicole Hogan, a song and rap that I composed for the project, and a bunch of the artworks that are on offer as campaign perks.

What is the campaign for you ask? A few months ago I was accepted to a fellowship in New York City with The DO School. Even though my flight and tuition is covered and housing subsidized, I need to raise some much needed money for living expenses and transport in the Big Apple.

The fellowship is designed to give young entrepreneurs like myselfthe tools and knowledge to implement and sustain projects such as those of Only Green Design with my brother James Stodgel and the Trash to Treasure Festivals in South Africa with friends like Candice Mostert and Nicola Vernon.

Stay tuned for the campaign!