What is a Field-Build?
A Field-Build project is building workshop designed for female identified and gender variant youth and adults. Up to 15 participants, between the ages of 14 and 100, will join our experienced teachers to build a specific functional structure in response to a particular design and need, using essential tools of the woodshop (common hand tools like hand saws, hammers, wrenches, as well as power tools like drills, circular saws, jig saws and more). Designs are generated in response to invitations (local, regional and international) for the design and construction of structures. Such structures might include summer camp housing in New England, farm-market stands in California, a community pavilion in Chicago, or refugee housing in Somalia, etc. This facet of the project will rely on a broad network of social service, social justice and volunteer organizations around the world who can make our services visible to multiple communities. Field-Build projects are perfect ‘next-step’ building experiences for our Tooling Camp alumni.
What, where and when is the next Field-Build?
Project Fielding has been invited by the Oak Park Arts League (OPAL) to present a work for an outdoor exhibition in May 2017 to coincide with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth. Since the 1930’s, Frank Lloyd Wright’s students at Taliesin West School (now the FLW School of Architecture), have built small survival structures, called “survival dorms”. For this upcoming Field-Build, we will build resistance architecture in response to our current political context and with a reflective eye to the survival dorms of Taliesin West.
This past year we witnessed the Water Protectors at Standing Rock, South Dakota occupy and protect sacred land from oil pipeline development. Project Fielding teachers were inspired by the building efforts of groups like the Dakota Youth Council, who designed, built and assembled winter-ready shelters in collaboration with tribal members. We have reached out to Oceti Sakowin Camp and to Chicago based activists who have spent time at Standing Rock and we plan to create shelters or other needed structures for Water Protectors who have remained on site through these frigid winter months. In the design and delivery of the shelters, we will be responsive to the direct request of those currently at Standing Rock.
The Field-Build will be held at the Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S. Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615) in the Jackman Goldwasser Residency Studio. From Thursday February 9th through Sunday February 11th.
Who are the workshop leaders?
Project Fielding is organized and led by seven experienced women and gender non-conforming carpenters/teachers Sara Black, Donesha Thompson, Billy Dee, Amber Ginsburg, Miriam Stevens, Caroline Robe and Lia Rousset. Head to our Teachers page for detailed biographical information about this skilled crew.
What is the schedule for the Field-Build?
Field-Builders will meet from 9am to 3pm Thursday through Sunday. We will have a one-hour lunch break and two 10 minute snack breaks each day.
How many participants will there be?:
We can accommodate up to 20 total participants. This will include five Project Fielding teachers and up to 15 builders of any skill level.
What is the cost?:
It is very important to Project Fielding that any builder who is interested in joining is able. This is why we offer tuition on a sliding scale. This Field-Build’s tuition is $105.00 on a sliding scale. All contributions go toward material costs!
Will campers be safe and insured?
Yes. Appropriate and safe tool use is the basis of our organization. Woodshops and construction sites can be dangerous places if safety and appropriate tool use is not practiced. We believe it is this barrier that often causes apprehension in gaining these important skills. It is our collective belief that safety and competency lead to confidence, and not just in the woodshop but beyond! Project Fielding has insurance coverage for participant injury in the very unlikely case that something were to happen. For any further questions on this matter, don’t hesitate to contact us!
How do we sign up?
To register please click on the Registration tab on the home page. There are limited spaces available and they are filled on a first come, first served basis. If there are spaces available, we will respond with a letter of acceptance and a request for payment (if applicable). In the case that you have applied to pay with a sliding scale, we will let you know how to proceed right away. We’ll see you there!