My systems projects give rise to discursive commentary, speculative proposals, and accountability documents. I share some here, in no particular order. I will add more as I stumble across them in my file—the archive is a bit messy.
Written three years into the block printing project, noticing all sorts of things arising.
"Designing while printing. Traditionally, [master / artist ] works out a pattern using a selection of blocks, some or all of which have been crafted for use with a particular pattern family. [...] The requirement goal is to create exact repeats within a length of yardage, from end to end; the reason is a requirement to demonstrate mastery of the craft..." 2015
A grumpy set of proposals, flailing attempts to make material reality visible through "live manufacturing." In North America, many of us never see the inside of factories. But we sure know how to shop and how to throw things out, because our economy requires these behaviors. 2014
As part of Use It All Up, annotated compendium of waste materials on hand. Snapshots in time, as new waste flowed in regularly, and some materials were used up. (Though, conservation of mass and all that, the materials were really just shifted about.)
Laying out business projects to interfere with rampant over production. Ends with the suggestion to monetize dematerialization. 2014
[Note from 2020: nevermind monetization. Let's just radically reconfigure culture so no one wants much of anything. See: punks, anarchists, hippies, visionaries, etc. ]