While you're stuck inside and potentially find yourself in limbo over these next few days, weeks and months, why not take a little time and contemplate how we can shape our society a little more effectively.

Here, I've made a handy activity sheet to help get you started:



Additionally, if you're actually interested in imagining a better way of doing things, or getting some more context to help with forging your way towards a brave new world of your design, consider dipping into these bad boys:



Cure a little of your cabin fever with some therapeutic colouring in. Click the image below to download a printable PDF that you and your kin can colour in.


I'm gunna make a few print-at-home activities each week during this unprecedented lock-in so I'm keen to hear what you'd like to see.


Hit me up to suggest some activities/colour-in pages you'd like to see @matfaintdesignco on Instagram.



In the midst of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and all the stresses it’s put on global supply chains, now is a good time to reflect on how American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his Works Progress Administration successfully encouraged households across America to roll up their sleeves and grow their own vegetables in order to help reduce strain on the war effort.

Wouldn’t it be a massive improvement on our Business-As-Usual approach to feeding modern society if we all banded together to create verdant and productive streets, front yards, parks and balconies that blossomed with year-round fruit, veg, eggs and honey.


Such a push would revitalise some sense of community, an atmosphere of much-needed solidarity and help usher a decentralisation of the food chain in Australia.


Here are 10 things I’d like to see on the stunningly verdant streets of your town soon:

  • Lawns replaced with overgrown rows of market veggies, communally tended and communally shared.

  • Front-yards hosting raised chicken runs replenished with eggs each morning and an army of kids at the ready to collect the daily harvest before breakfast.

  • Grape vines climbing up the front of houses, fattening themselves up for eating, squishing, fermenting and drinking.

  • Stormwater infrastructure re-engineered to water trees and bushes before making its way downstream.

  • The sidelines of local footy fields flanked by well-run community farms complete with chickens, goats and greenhouses full of fine produce.

  • Undercover garages co-opted for productive aquaponic setups and mushroom cupboards.

  • Tall, arching trees climbing above roads and reaching across the street to meet in the middle and keep the sun off the dark pavement below.

  • A transformation of front-yards into social spaces that invite a bit of conversation and camaraderie.

  • An army of young urban farmhands that tend to the patches of busy residents thanks to a community-raised fund (like a sinking fund for suburban streets).

  • The publishing of an annual community cookbook that celebrates the fine local produce and the people that bring it to life.

  • Lawns replaced with overgrown rows of market veggies, communally tended and communally shared.

  • Front-yards hosting raised chicken runs replenished with eggs each morning and an army of kids at the ready to collect the daily harvest before breakfast.

  • Grape vines climbing up the front of houses, fattening themselves up for eating, squishing, fermenting and drinking.

  • Stormwater infrastructure re-engineered to water trees and bushes before making its way downstream.

  • The sidelines of local footy fields flanked by well-run community farms complete with chickens, goats and greenhouses full of fine produce.

  • Undercover garages co-opted for productive aquaponic setups and mushroom cupboards.

  • Tall, arching trees climbing above roads and reaching across the street to meet in the middle and keep the sun off the dark pavement below.

  • A transformation of front-yards into social spaces that invite a bit of conversation and camaraderie.

  • An army of young urban farmhands that tend to the patches of busy residents thanks to a community-raised fund (like a sinking fund for suburban streets).

  • The publishing of an annual community cookbook that celebrates the fine local produce and the people that bring it to life.


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