Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA
December 2008

Introducing Myvillages in the Bay District was the goal when we were visiting artists to the California Collage of the Arts in San Francisco. We worked with Fieldfaring, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Studio for Urban Projects.


Wapke Feenstra
Antje Schiffers
Students of the Social Practice Workshop at CCA
Amy Franceschini from Future Farmers.

Susanne Cockrell and Ted Purves

Within the exhibition “The Gatherers: Greening our Urban Spheres” at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Susanne Cockrell and Ted Purves (www.fieldfaring.org) invited us to collaborate on a newspaper issue. Rural Background Drawings for this issue were generated during conversations at the YBCA and the Golden Gate Senior Center. We added a text focusing on our image of rural America.

For two weeks Antje and Wapke did workshops and lectures with the Social Practice students at the California College of the Arts, including a one-hour-village-shop and a farm-drawing-session.

We also presented Myvillages and the International Village Shop in a public lecture in the Studio for Urban Projects, followed by a communal potlock-dinner. Wapke had the ambition to sell a Höfer-Frauen-Häkeldeckentasche to San Francisco Hippies, and finally she made it.