Saturday, February 4, 2017

Lookin' Up in Memphis

On Tuesday I took the lil' kernel out to get water at Whole Foods and other errands. It was the last day in January, sunny, and warm. Had two conversations and gave out 2 Kernels of Truth. I can't tell you the last time anyone showed interest in my performance piece. Was it the beautiful day? Or are more and more people really woke? I prefer to think it is the latter. I even got a God Bless You from one person. ☝ I am in the South.
Today I had to shore up the lil' kernel's storage shed. A wet winter created rotting wood and a hinge came loose. After the dap dries I'll paint and fix the hinge.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

People for Bikes Competition and the National Bike Challenge

Thursday, April 28 I participated in the first Bikes on Broad event with the lil' Kernel. The City of Memphis is competing with other cities in the People for Bikes Challenge. Each month there will be a different theme. The April theme was trailer and cargo bikes. There is a point system and the number of bikes on Broad is counted by an electronic counter on the last Thursday of every month. Extra points are earned for bikes related to the theme. I biked to the event and back for a total of about 20 miles....toting the lil' Kernel!!

May 1 I joined the National Bike Challenge and started recording all my miles. Today after a 28 mile ride to midtown, I strapped on the lil' Kernel to go to Whole Foods for my water refill. At Park and Mendenhall a guy  stopped for gas and came over to chat about my trailer while I was waiting for the light to change. I forgot how whenever I was in Maize I had to be prepared to stop and have a conversation about the project. So I wheeled into the gas station and he accepted a Kernel of Truth for his daughter and corn seeds for his Mother. It's the women who will change the world!!
photo by Gene Carkeet

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Whole Foods Today, Daily Helmsman Friday

Today I handed out 3 non-gmo shopping guides to three women who were anxious to see the little tike in the trailer only to be surprised by a 5 gallon water jug. They got the statement on the back!!! Thanked me for riding around with it. Good Day in the Art Bike Socially Engaged Art Project business.

Thursday of last week lil' Kernel was in the Bike Parade at the U of M Tigurs Garden. We made the school paper on Friday complete with kazoo's in out mouths.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A new phase...."lil' Kernel"

After a 3 year hiatus, I am renewing my socially active art project about the food we eat. In keeping with my most common mode of transportation I created lil' Kernel. Many thanks to Gene Carkeet, the best donated bike mechanic in town, for giving me the trailer.

 To begin lil' Kernel will take up where Maize left off. When I'm biking my errands and need extra cargo area I'll strap on the lil' Kernel. Inside I have my handmade book the Kernel of Truth, a non-GMO shopping guide, and organic corn seeds to hand out to those who are interested. Each side window has a scanable barcode to this website. Yesterday, I went to Whole Foods and refilled my 5 gallon water jug using the lil' Kernel.  Tomorrow I'll take the lil' Kernel to the U of  M Earth Day Celebration at the Garden. They are having a bike parade and I'll post pictures after that.