A large part of how I find myself relating to my environment involves discovering the properties of the materials that grow in a specific area.
I like the concept of enabling myself as a maker to work with what happens to be growing in a place at a specific time, and learning the subtleties of seasons by how various material properties shift seasonally. Working with community has increased my knowledge base as well, so many people know methods from elders or other countries in how to do things manually, no tech- a lot of this knowledge is undervalued and being lost but seems a very important way of knowing the place we live in. Working/experimenting with materials also continues to be one of the best ways I have come across to connect with new people. The following is some information I have gleaned from experimentation, working with others, reading books and then having time for practical application. Sharing what I figure out with others is an important part of re-finding skills. Some of this is easy to sort out from photos, other things perhaps not. If you want more information please contact me and I will be happy to share with you what I can.