Funny how it feels like I just looked up to find I am living the projects I was planning back in late Winter and early Spring- suddenly here we are!
Wow. Time slips so quickly I do have to remind myself to take deep breathes and be conscious of enjoying this chaotic bounty of a life I seem to live. Last night a friend I hadn’t seen in ages asked me what projects I was up to, and I was too stunned to answer as I couldn’t think of where to start. This seems typical of living the multi-project-at-once-life.
Projects have their own life and rhythm; it often starts as a question posed- What if…? or, Could we do this…? Then things heat up in the fundraising, planning and programming phase, this can be both a slog as well as a fanciful dream-time.
When suddenly a project launches I always have the notion of the project as a growing snowball I am chasing down a very steep hill while trying to stop it from breaking apart or taking out anyone as it gains momentum… am I directing the path or is the existing terrain leading? In the best of projects I have done enough “front work” that by the time a project gets rolling I get to enjoy the view, have fun and just try and keep up with it all.
I have a couple of sweetheart projects I am ‘in love with the idea of’ at the moment that are just getting ready to launch down that fast moving slope. One is essentially a commission, having been hired by artist Cameron Cartiere from Borderfree Bees to activate the Pollinator Pasture she has worked on creating with the City of Richmond and Emily Carr University. The pasture bloomed this year for the first time, and I have just done a blackberry harvest session on site and am stoked about the rope making sessions to come in future weeks.
Inspired by the idea of storytellers or musicians keeping spinners amused while they work, I have a roster of musicians and other interesting people lined up to come and be a part of rope making sessions- Because really, how does sitting in a picturesque field having a picnic with others and making rope get better? Well, add live music and interesting dialogue. Eventually our rope will be knotted into a large sculpture styled off the idea of a butterfly collection net. The net ( or multiples) will be installed in the giant pines on site that run the length of the pasture. I am posting info on the pasture project on EartHand’s website here
The other project I am quite excited about is co-leading with Melodie Flook an “Adult Fibre Day-Camp” from August 2-5 .Really, I just needed an excuse for myself to carve out the time I want for a week of weaving, spinning, dying and object-making. I figured if I offered it as a paid program, I am committed to doing the work whether anyone registers or not! It is just good time-in at a great open-air facility in the middle of the city continuing to hone the skills we are building and finding the best ways to bring them all together in useful and beautiful projects.
Alas I know I will blink and Summer 2016 will just be a memory.