Monthly Archives: May 2013

Friday Free Shop Impressions



Just a normal afternoon at the Friday Free Shop in autumnal Melbourne.

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Bentleigh Free Shop Week 2


We decided to use the main rotunda this week , as the one near the street was very windy when we arrived. It was a little harder to get people to come and have a look as it’s set back from the street a bit, but we still managed to have some interesting conversations and distribute free stuff to loving homes. The cops turned up but were surprisingly friendly. As we were loading up the car at 5pm, two ladies who work in the adjacent Medicare office grabbed the kidie car seat for a friend! It always feels good to go home with less stuff than we arrived with.Shopview2



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The great Broad Bean God


My first broadbean seedlings are emerging and I found this on a Melbourne site called very edible gardens:


Despite the rich cultural heritage, no civilisation has ever, so far as we know, worshipped a broad bean god – which seams like a terrible oversight given the bean’s awe inspiring properties. Therefore we give you a god of our own creation: Lord Fava, the best and only broad bean god to have ever existed. He is great and powerful. Love and fear him. If you have a pre-existing blood condition, he might smite you. But for the rest of us he brings fertility and protein. His hands are surrounded by powerful balls of nitrogen fixing nodules. They are filled with magical microbes, his familiars. I say ‘he’ but ‘he’, like most plants, is hermaphroditic. No body knows what’s underneath that loin cloth.

Join us in prayer, and the sacrifice of a young goat, as we thank Lord Fava and the Broad Beans.


You are what you art


Correction: In this article it is stated that Carl Scraseinvited the Free Shop, but this is not the case. The Free Shop was part of an adjacent exhibition by students and we were invited by Natasha, any connection to Direct Democracy exhibition was purely coincidental. Or maybe it was synchronicity?



Carl Scrase’s latest attempt to hijack anything worth while remaining from the Occupy Melbourne community resulted in claiming the free shop was art and invited the free shop to be part of an exhibition in the very same gallery he was once again shamelessly promoting himself with his direct democracy scam.

Of course other artists are getting wise to him and we saw this critique of his work on display. Inspired by this critique, I place on my art wank beret and stroke my beard in a sagely fashion.

I think the artist is trying to say he is white, plastic, hollow and overinflated beyond realistic proportions, and full of hot air; while wasting resources and trying to get attention.

Other artists seem to be onto Scrace’s scam, I swear this woman is trolling him. Not the artists actual work just a rough remix I did of her display card…

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