I am an artist, ARTivist, youth worker, cycling activist and yoga trainer from Armenia. I am freelancer and I love the challenge of living / riding / ryding on the edge, improvising on the subject of employment / earning / making a living. I do arts and crafts, often with upcycled materials and I love using art as a medium for transmission of important messages to the society.
Jewelry, various accessories, clocks, lamps, graffiti art, home decor, body painting and more stuff like this - these all are not just ways to express myself, they are a perfect set of tools that can be modified and used as powerful mediums for changing the mindsets of societies, because they are very visible, they are in direct contact with people in everyday situations, they have access to the subconscious mind and can help to make different messages spread easier and stay active for longer periods.
I believe in gift economy and anything related to it and I experiment on the patterns of appreciation for one’s work, so I sometimes offer free prices for what I make, or exchange of goods for goods, goods for services etc. I usually travel quite a lot and it makes me happy to get enriched with new cultures, new moods and people, as well as helps to build networks, to mediate between east and west and to multiply tools and knowledge that I find and get inspired by.
I also organize various initiatives, events, projects mainly connected to arts, culture, environments, social change and communication, here in Armenia or anywhere else where the wind of inspiration brings me to:)
At the moment I am in Armenia, re-discovering the local grassroots initiatives and collecting tools / skills / knowledge to offer to them in order to self-organize better and have a more visible-sensible outcomes in whatever they do. To mention some of them: dynamic governance, circular governance, sociocracy, consent decision making and election systems with feedback groups etc. I am always happy to connect to as many people and initiatives as possible and to exchange whatever inspires me and others, choosing the most creative and preferably rational / functional ways in order to save time and energy. To conclude - right now I am involved in organization of Edgeryders’ workshops in Armenia and am open for any questions and offers regarding that. Wish everyone a great rYde on the edge and see you around! Vahagn