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Cyanotype project designed with daughter Emily Takara for a Salinas Xinampa Community BioLab cyanotype workshop. We originally designed this Xinampa Community Bio Lab activity to accompany an Opentrons automated pipetting collaborative workshop at the Digital Nest in Alisal Salinas in 2020. The question we wanted to explore was how to create a personal connection to our discussion of chemical agriculture lettuce washes that we were sharing with teens. This activity aimed to create a personal connection to something that can feel so remote. The cyanotype process here includes a self portrait using local plants (dandelions, strawberries, columbine, and redwood), The activity aimed to create a space for self expression and reflections on ag chemicals, land, plants, and self. Digitally collaged into these cyanotypes are Hawaiian plantation bango identification tags of Japanese, Hawaiian, and Filipino agricultural laborers and their children.

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