Events 2014

Once again my friends, it is time to just try and list ” the everything”, of what I am doing where so you know where to find me! Check back for regular updates as new dates are scheduled.

June 14: 11am- 3pm Means of Production Garden

Weed and Weave time for National Garden Days! join in, no experience needed

June 17: 6-8.30pm Means of Production Garden

Native tree section harvesting and fibre investigations

June 18: 7-9pm Aberthau Flax=Food+Fibre

crop serenade, byoi and play to the crops of flax, oats and wheat

June 21: 11am-4 pm Oppenheimer  Park Aboriginal Days

processing flax ( weather permitting) and spinning demos

June 24:  6-8.30pm Trillium North Park

weeding and foraging for fibre plants

July 1st Canada Day at Sunset Community Centre

Join me in creating a large seasonal mosaic using dried  flower petals and bird seeds.

July 6th 1-5pm Colony Farms Mid Summer Fete

The whole crew will be out for wheat-weaving, invasives sculpture weaving, wool spinning demonstrations and collaborative peg loom weaving.

July 17 and 21 6-8 pm Stanley Park  Parking lot by horse stables

Blackberry harvest time!

July 19 11am-3pm Means of Production Garden

monthly work party

July 30 6.30-8.30 pm  Means Of Production Garden

Potluck  and garden talk with M P’s neighbourhoodhouse the Food Connection

August 9 11am-3pm Means of Production Garden

monthly work party

August 10 1-4 pm Dr. Sun Yat Sen Public Park

Saturday August 16 1-4pm installation ( pre-registration required)

Cordage Making with Water Lilies

Participate in making an art installation and learn the useful skill of rope-making while using the excess water lilies gleaned from the pond.  Collectively we will twist our rope into a shape resembling the leak windows that surround the park and garden. The final work shall be installed overhead inside the bamboo grove. A delight to discover when one stops and looks up. Aug 10 Drop-in no registration required, Saturday install preregister on eventbrite here . Be sure to also pop by the park between Aug. 10 and 16 and find Sharon making cordage beside the pond, and join in for twisting and conversation.

August 11-15 find me on site at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Park at various times harvesting the overgrown water lily and  making cordage for the installation

August 17 3-3.30pm walking tour of the installations that are a part of Contour and the public park features of Dr Sun Yat Sen then at 4-6pm, Opening for the show.

September 1 2-5 pm Means of Production  Garden

Harvest Party! Come see what has happened at MOP  during the Terroir: urban cloth  foraging and early research.

September 5  Aberthau Party

mark the date, and join us for harvesting and then music and wheat weaving at the nearby Discovery cafe with food and beer service!

September 6  11am-3pm Means Of Production Garden

monthly work party

September 7 4-6 pm Trillium North Park

harvest celebration and fall planting

September 20  afternoon  Strathcona  Community Harvest Festival

Join in for some flax to linen fibre processing

September 21 2.30-4.30pm Dr Sun Yat Sen Public Park

Tree Talk: the Paulownia tomentosa

Known as the Princess tree, the Empress tree or the Foxglove tree, this fast grower has a long history and tradition of usefulness with many cultures, including current creative use as wood for musical instruments and its bark for natural dyes. Some love it while some consider it invasive. Find out about this stunning beauty in our parks, learn fascinating details about how it has traveled the world and the role it now plays in our urban eco-system. Speakers: David Tracy with TreeKeepers, wooden horn- maker David Gowman and artist Robin Ripley. Drop-in or pre-register here:

November 25 & 26 2-5pm At Atira’s Enterprising Women Making Art 56 East Hastings Street
Fibre Blending and Spinning Workshops
Urban Cloth: Terroir These two workshops offered for women in the downtown eastside community will explore blending of local plant  fibres and teach the basic fundamentals of drop spindling, making cordage and thigh spinning using locally grown linen and milkweed from Hastings Urban Farm. Further workshops in the community will see our fibres dyed with plants from the farm, and crocheted into pollinator markers to  showcase the areas of Hastings Street that support the Hastings Urban Farm bees.  Bracelets as  technique mementos will also be made. Led by Sharon Kallis.
Workshops are free, but space is limited most space reserved for Atira’s EWMA studio members WORKSHOPS FULL- email earthandgleaners(at)gmail.com for waitlist space

November 27 6.30-9.30

linen tasting:, sip and spin social– west point grey community centre

Join Rebecca and I for the last event at Aberthau- sample spinning from various  local linen crops, hand processed by Rebecca and ready for your wheel or spindle! byo wheel or spindle, or borrow one of our spare spindles, sip tea, meet new friends, and fall in love with linen.

November 29 1-4 pm at the Anvil Centre- New Westminster

Weaving with Invasive Plants (19+ years) Is your garden overrun with lamium, ivy, periwinkle or morning glory? Spend an afternoon with environmental artist Sharon Kallis and learn weaving technique fundamentals. Explore various materials including city green waste clippings and English ivy. Twining, coiling and tension methods are some of the processes we will explore, participants leave with a small finished piece inspired to try more. Never look at the green waste from your garden the same again! Anvil Centre Room 304          Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm November 29 Registration Fee: $39.00            137725 to register call 604.527.4640

December 6 1-4 pm, free, drop in wreath-making with Rebecca Graham and I, and other local artist lead activities at Britannia Centre

Friday December 12- 2-4pm Oppenheimer park-

with the Ladies tea party group, Learn the fundamentals of rope making and drop spindling, learn how the techniques are related and how little tools are required beyond your own hands! Sharon Kallis demonstrates what kinds of local natural plant fibres can be spun into workable line, or processed into rope by cordage making. Spend time practicing with a drop spindle with locally grown linen while helping make the fibre for our pollinator markers. Fibres include: linen from the flax plant, stinging nettle, milkweed and left over coconut fibre from old hanging planters. Interested in dropping in? email earthandgleaners(at) gmail.com to confirm

December 14 2-5pm Fibre Blending and Spinning Workshops
Weaver’s Talk and Fibre Processing Workshop  at the downtown eastside women’s centre
Tracy Williams (Sesemiya) is a fifth generation cedar weaver and member of the Squamish Nation. Tracy has had many teachers and is invested in sharing her knowledge with youth to continue the foraging and hand technology traditions of her culture. Women in the community are invited to spend time hearing Tracy talk about her work weaving and  re-learning traditional technologies and then work with Tracy and Sharon Kallis in processing some of the fibres that were grown or foraged this past year for the Urban Cloth Project. Learn fundamentals of fibre processing, thigh spinning and rope making. The final materials to be used in future workshops of crocheting pollinator markers for Hastings Street. There are 4 spaces for women from outside the dteswc community, please contact me through earthandgleaners(at) gmail.com if you would like a space!

January 10 2-5pm at the Maclean Park Fieldhouse

Natural Dye Workshop-  dying fibre for the pollinator corridor project

What plants make a good yellow dye? Many plants have a yellow base as far as natural dyes go- inspired by the honey bee, we will   use various local plants known for their yellow shades: Oregon grape bark and dahlia flowers are two of the yellows we shall explore! Learn some natural dye basics and assist in preparing our fibres for later spinning and crocheting workshops for the Hastings Street Pollinator Friendly Zone Markers.to register click this link

Making Pollinator Markers for Hastings Street

As a part of the Urban Cloth Project, Community Arts Council of Vancouver is sponsoring a series of community workshops in the downtown eastside to create markers for the ‘pollinator friendly zones’ along Hastings Street. The markers will be made from materials grown or foraged in the downtown eastside, processed into fibre, spun then dyed with plants from Hastings Urban Farm and waxed with beeswax from the local hives. The final crocheted markers will be installed along Hastings Street in late May 2015. for more information about the Urban Cloth Project visit http://urbanclothterroir.wordpress.com/-more workshop dates tba

Monday January 19 2-5pm

Fibre for Spinning and Cordage at Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre 302 Columbia Street (wellness room)

Learn the fundamentals of rope making and drop spindling, learn how the techniques are related and how little tools are required beyond your own hands! Sharon Kallis demonstrates what kinds of local natural plant fibres can be spun into workable line, or processed into rope by cordage making. Spend time practicing with a drop spindle with locally grown linen while helping make the fibre for our pollinator markers. Fibres include: linen from the flax plant, stinging nettle, milkweed and left over coconut fibre from old hanging planters. 4 spaces for women from outside the dteswc community, email earthandgleaners(at)gmail.com to  hold a space.

Monday January 26 2-5pm

A Crochet Bee: waxing line and Crocheting Markers

Work with Sharon Kallis to wax some of our dyed spun fibres and crochet the first markers for later installation along Hastings Street. No experience necessary as basic chain-link crochet stitch will be taught but experienced crocheters are welcome and encouraged to try more complex stitches. 4 spaces for women from outside the dteswc community, email earthandgleaners(at)gmail.com to  hold a space.

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