Learning the Ropes
An Introduction to the Knot
May 5, 2012



Join us in the sunny courtyard behind the HDTS HQ for a casual afternoon workshop on the knot, featuring three knot experts from varying backgrounds - a sailor, a climber, and a jewelery designer - who will share some of the many applications and interpretations of this age old practice.

Sailing Knots with Pete Broadwell
a sailing instructor and enthusiast (who also happens to be an Eagle Scout)

Climbing Knots with Jenny Kane
a Joshua Tree resident and climbing instructor, who also unwinds knots with massage therapy

Ornamental Knots with Paula Peng
an artist, musician, and jewelry designer, who creates amazing knotted jewelry at ambargris

And if you're still not knotted out, we'll have a knot reader available, full of additional references and readings, covering everything from macramé and ancient knot lore to a fascinating text on mathematical knot theory by Institute for Figuring director and science writer Margaret Wertheim.

Saturday, May 5, 2012, 1 - 3 pm

High Desert Test Sites HQ
6470 Veterans Way
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

(The HDTS HQ is located just off of 29 Palms Highway in Downtown Joshua Tree, right around the corner from Pie for the People and Revolution Yoga, one block west of Park Boulevard on the north side of the highway.)

Free (suggested donation $5 - 15)

RSVP at info@highdeserttestsites.com (suggested)



Visit A-Z West and the A-Z Enterprise, where you will be led on an intimate tour of the house, studio, Wagon Station Encampment, Homestead Cabin, Regenerating Field, and shipping container compound.

A-Z West is located over fifty acres in the California high desert next to Joshua Tree National Park.  Since 2000 the grounds have been ever evolving as Andrea Zittel's test site for designs for living, where all aspects of day-to-day living—home furniture, clothing, and food all become the sites of investigation in an ongoing endeavor to better understand human nature and the social construction of needs.

Amy & Wendy Yao's Art Swapmeet 2012
Welcome to the Dessert


Saturday, February 25, 2012, 8 am - 2 pm
Sky Village Swap Meet
7028 Theatre Road, Yucca Valley

Join High Desert Test Sites for the 6th edition of Amy & Wendy Yao's Art Swapmeet - loads of artwork at bargain prices in the middle of the Sky Village Swap Meet, one of the best shopping environments known to mankind and home to Bob Carr’s Crystal Cave.  Come early, and don't forget to bring cash!

Featuring booths by:

Green Gallery (Milwaukee), Art Swapmeet Editions, Two Serious Ladies w/ Anna Sew Hoy and Eve Fowler (LA), Nik Gambaroff (NY), Lisa Jo (NY), Rob Halverson/ C-O-O-L A-R-T (Portland), Wendy Yao (LA), Tobias Madison (Switzerland), Amy Yao, David Benjamin Sherry (NY), Eric Wesley (LA), Sara Clendening (LA), Marlous Borm (Amsterdam), Max Krivitzky (LA), A2Z video (LA), Travis Boyer (NY), castillo/corrales (Paris), KCHUNG (LA), THEFT w/Alaina Claire Feldman and Caitlyn Amundson (NY), Desiree Klein (LA), Sara Deraedt (Vienna), Cooper Jacoby (LA), CLUB NUTZ w/ Tyson Reeder & Josh Kline (NY), R. Kelly NIGHTKLUB w/ Laura Owens & Edgar Bryan (LA), Christine Wang (LA), Dean Spunt & Beth Houfek (LA), Rochelle Goldberg (Canada), Students from the Mountain School of Arts: Thora Dolven Balke (Norway), Laurent Dupont-Garitte (Brussels), Ryan Fabel (LA), Sean Fabi (LA), Clara Chapin Hess (NY), Merideth Hillbrand (LA), Anna Hrund (Iceland), Michael Kent (Glasgow), Katherine McLeod (NY), Rebecca Stephany (Amsterdam), Justin Swinburne (LA), Melanie Velarde (Berlin), Hanni Fox (LA), Galina Peters (LA), Axel Petersen (Sweden) ...and more...

HDTS 2012 Postcard Project


High Desert Test Sites is now accepting postcard images for our 2012-2013 postcard project!  Each year a carefully curated selection of limited edition postcards will be produced to benefit High Desert Test Sites – they will be available at the High Desert Test Sites Headquarters, on our website, and included in a limited edition postcard set.  Artists will be fully credited for their contributions.

Please send all submissions in PDF or JPEG format (4 x 6”, 300 dpi) to info@highdeserttestsites.com by March 1, 2012.

Happy 2012 from Joshua Tree


Happy New Year from Joshua Tree!  Here at HDTS we're looking forward to a new year of programming (mark your calendars for the sixth edition of Amy and Wendy Yao’s Art Swap Meet on February 25, 2012) and changes of all kinds.

While some of these changes are welcome (check out our new signs!), others are less so, including the proposals to build an Indian casino and a Dollar General just east of downtown Joshua Tree.  Follow Joshua Tree Barnstormer and Defend Joshua Tree for updates and to learn what you can do to stay informed and help thwart these proposed developments.

As we begin the new year, we’d like to extend a huge thanks to all our artists, supporters, volunteers, and friends for a great 2011—we are so very grateful for your support and involvement!  HDTS operates on a really small staff and a shoestring budget, so we absolutely depend on volunteers and supporters to keep our doors open and help us bring in exciting new programming.

Please consider supporting HDTS if you’d like to continue to see us up and running—contact us today to make a donation or volunteer.  (Volunteers get special perks, including discounts at the HDTS Life Enhancement Shop and overnight camping or Wagon Station accommodations at A-Z West!)

Happy 2012 and hope to see you soon!