I'll be performing my new piece, Record Snow Fall, in the window of Kennedy Park Store at 13 Quebec St. downtown Guelph February 26, 27 and 28. I'll be sewing elaborate and simple embroidered snowflakes from receipts from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Come by and see if you can.
ReMediate, my collaboration with poet Anna Bowen and Pollination Guelph in the form of a 2,000 square foot quilt for a landfill, will be presented at the Art Gallery of Guelph's Boarding House Gallery from June 4 - July 23.
Public Reception & Book Launch
Saturday, June 18, 2 pm
at Boarding House Gallery
Paper Making & Creative Writing Interactive Performances
Every Wed, Jun 8 – Jul 20, 6–8 pm
On Sat, Jun 18, Jul 9, and Jul 23, 11 am – 1 pm
at Boarding House Gallery (all ages)
Celebrate Pollinator Week
Sat, Jun 25 at the Eastview Landfill Site
Writing in Place with Anna Bowen, 10–11 am
Pollination Walk with Christina Kingsbury, 11 am – noon
ReMediate, my collaboration with poet Anna Bowen and Pollination Guelph in the form of a 2,000 square foot quilt for a landfill, will be presented as part of GrowOp 2016. The Gladstone Hotel’s fourth annual four-day Grow Op exhibition celebrates innovative ideas and conceptual responses to landscape, gardens, art, and place-making under this year’s theme, Cultivating Curiosity. ReMediate at GrowOp documents the collective labour of the project through video, poetry and photography.
GrowOp 2016 will run from April 21st to 24th at Toronto's Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West. The opening party is Friday April 22nd 7-10pm. If you miss it in Toronto, ReMediate will also be coming to the Art Gallery of Guelph's Boarding House Gallery from June 5 - July 23.
Despite the rain, I will be out sewing today under my canopy tent from 10am to 1pm. I will clear out if there is thunder or lightening.
Due to the severe thunderstorm and lightening warnings and the tornado watch, tonight's Public Sewing will be cancelled. If the weather is nice tomorrow evening (it looks like it will be) you can join me then from 6:30-8:30pm.
Click the site map image below for a Google map to the site.
Enter Eastview Community Park off Watson Road just south of Speedvale Avenue. From the end of the parking lot follow the red line on the site map, which is a service path, to the ReMediate site on the right, indicated by the white rectangle. You will see the bee house and a large water container marking the site.
The violets and the wild columbine are beginning to bloom in the ReMediate garden. New paper and poetry are being made in preparation for phase 2.
ReMediate was featured in THIS magazine's food issue with poetry, a photo essay and a writeup highlighting the connections between loss of pollinator diversity and food security. See the article here.
Despite the gray clouds, the closing event will go ahead today. We have a tent canopy to shelter the paper while we sew. Please do bring your umbrellas, coats and boots and your cautious optimism!
Andrew also wrote an article about the project in Thursday's Guelph Mercury.
Rob O'Flanagan covered the opening in Monday's paper.
The forecast looks good and everything should be ready to begin installing the quilt this Sunday. Bring a hat & water bottle as there is no shade at the site. Also bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit & sew.
The FREE SHUTTLE BUS will leave Guelph City Hall at 1:40 sharp to go to the Eastview Landfill. If you plan to drive, please note that the parking lot is off Watson Rd. near Speedvale, not on Eastview Rd. Here's a map that will help you find us.
If you can't make it for the opening, you can participate in the installation over the next two weeks. I will be sewing Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday, 10 AM - 3 PM, weather permitting, until June 8. Please let me know if you are coming one of these dates so I know to expect you. The closing event will be June 8, 2-4 PM.
Due to wet weather, there have been delays getting the soil to the landfill site, so the daily sewing will begin this Sunday, May 25th. I will be onsite Wednesday to Friday this week preparing the ground and, hopefully, spreading soil once it is delivered. The opening on Sunday, May 25th, will proceed as scheduled.
Thanks to Elizabeth Jackson and Andrea Lamarre of the Research Shop at the University of Guelph, who conducted research to support the ReMediate project. The research is accessible below:
- Poetry and Environment: Quick Scan Bibliography
- Short Report: Land History of the Eastview Landfill Site
The Research Shop serves as a portal between community and university research needs. Faculty and students work with community organizations and individuals to identify and address social problems, and develop policies for positive change. All of the resource materials they create are publicly accessible; you can find the rest of their rapid research reports here:
This Saturday, May 3rd, at 12:30 pm, Vicki Beard and I will be hosting a Jane's Walk at the former Eastview landfill.
For details and a map, follow the link below:
See you there!
If you're in Guelph this Sunday, consider stopping in at the Bookshelf at 2 PM to hear Anna Bowen perform poetry from ReMediate. Anna will share the stage with Kate Cayley, who is launching her book "When This World Comes to an End", and writer Claire Tacon.
Please join me and 5 other storytellers from different mediums at Silence (46 Essex) for "Storytelling & Cultural Narratives." We'll be talking about how we can use stories to challenge dominant cultural narratives. The event is free and starts at 7 PM. Please visit the Facebook page for details.
This workshop is an Inner Transition event as part of Guelph's 2014 Resilience Festival. The full list of workshops is at guelphresiliencefestival.ca.