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HUMUS project actively promoted collaboration and exchange with local communities, emphasising cross-disciplinarity and the involvement of local geologists, farmers, fishermen, musicians, food producers, and textile weavers. This method appealed to many interests, reaching different people and creating various ways for involvement.


Charlotte Haywood + Edward Horne used Ishigaki's unique environment to highlight the importance of coexistence, examining how living things, fauna, folklore, or drifted materials, support one another. They divided their time between their individual work and collecting beach with their children, Oberon and Lennox.


In Australia, Charlotte is an accomplished weaver specialising in textiles, sculptures, and installations. We organised an afternoon with Matsutake San, the local expert plant weaver of Yaeyama Jofu, who shared an incredible archives at her Shiraho workshop. She persisted in acquiring weaving techniques and processing local plants suitable for her own projects. 

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 The residency commenced with a typhoon. Edward took on the task of crafting a table with Japanese traditional joints, using a new set of chisels he had purchased in Osaka.He further pursued his woodworking activities at the beach, where he examined and gathered various kinds of driftwood for the installation. Together with their two boys, they also collected numerous plastic floats, assessed their musical characteristics, and engaged with the shapes and colors.

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HUMUS accomplishments during the residency comprised three key moments: a workshop at Akaishi Elementary School, a lecture and exhibition at the Green Rabbit, and a music performance in collaboration with our local advisors, Mauna Ketai.


With the children from school they made 18 lamps, each starting from a drifted float that they perforate to allow the children to weave though using local plants. They crafted 18 lamps with the school children, starting with drifted floats. Each float was perforated to enable the children to weave through local plants. In the residency garden, a variety of colourful and playful crafted objects breathed new life into found items. The front terrace installation provided the backdrop for a music performance “Rain”, celebrating the joy of rainfall, mirrored by the gentle breeze and the vast expanse of the sky. 

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“Rain” in collaboration with Mauna Kekai - Rumi Sato and Rodoriguez Tatsuhiro Sato

With the participation of Oberon and Lennox Horn

Charlotte Haywood and Edward Horne, based in Bundjalung Country, Northern NSW, Australia, are interdisciplinary artists specialising in various mediums such as installation, public art, experimental architecture, immersive theatre design, site-specific sculpture, community engagement, video, sound, textiles, and pedagogy. They also engage in inter-cultural collaborations, utilising techniques and materials to honour the living planet.

Driven by a commitment to exploring bio-mimicry, eco-aesthetics, multi-narratives, and reciprocity, they challenge prevailing cultural, political, and ecological norms while embracing circular economies and cultural exchange.




Edward Edward Horne, a versatile artist, educator, and facilitator, is known for his roles as a provocateur, commercial art fabricator, and collaborator in public works. He actively contributes to social engagement and knowledge sharing, empowering students, artists, audiences, and communities with tools for sustainable creative and architectural endeavours. Focused on bamboo as a tectonic material, he aims to create meaningful interventions in civic spaces through art and design, contributing to a better world for all.



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