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Dig Your Hands In The Dirt

A Manual for Making Art out of Earth
Paperback Book
Chelsea Green
September, 2005
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Banyen's Description: 

Mud is fun! Also easy, durable, and (dirt!) cheap, it is used worldwide to make beautiful homes, temples, and art. This book teaches you how to transform the dirt beneath your feet into your own beauty.

This simple, step-by-step, how-to guide will have you building earthen birdhouses, model villages, sculptural benches, playground structures, murals, even monumental labyrinths and sundials!

Dig Your Hands in the Dirt includes a simplified approach to drawing and design, as well as instructions for locating and mixing materials; collaborative methods; philosophical perspectives; and resources. Inspiring photos feature community projects from Washington, DC to Chicago, Mexico, Berlin, and a neighborhood strategy in Portland, Oregon, that uses earthen art to build community.

“I love this book! Kiko Denzer is an imaginative teacher with a great sense of design who clearly inspires children. Just reading his exercises makes you want to get right down into it. Every grade school teacher should seize on this book to enrich their students’ lives.” —Betty Edwards, author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

“Offers a fascinating process to help you see and understand pattern in nature. The resulting designs are utterly consistent with the process of natural design. It’s an invaluable and unique tool.” —Ianto Evans, landscape architect, author of The Hand Sculpted House


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