August evenings have found lots going on in the various project sites as we become more familiar with each location and take new steps forward in how this collaboration is unfolding.
At Means of Production we did a solar dying workshop and harvested more willow bark and partially harvested the flax crop.
At Trillium North we are learning about our new space and experimenting with the old wheels that were donated to us by the West Point Grey Community Assoc. ( long term loan) and Martin adapted them so we can drum a beat while we spin…
And at Hastings Urban Farm we have been exploring the movements of spinning labour and connecting these actions into movement phrases. It feels like a place of honour, to sit at my wheel and witness the actions I do without thinking as a spinner – being dissected and studied into these elegant and poetic moments!
We have had a small but dedicated group of local community members that have been coming out on a regular basis and participating in both the spinning and fibre gathering/processing as well as dancing and movement research. As witness to how Mirae leads a group of dancers, I enjoy hearing how supportive the group is of each others movement exploration. The group shares ideas and gets excited about possibilities they see in these actions while Mirae brings it all together, gently keeping focus for the group. It is a pleasure to be a part of these evenings
In a few weeks time we are doing our first sharing of work to date- at both the MOP and Trillium sites, and I look forward to where this shall all lead as we launch after this into fall workshops of fibre blending, spinning and more dance.
As in every creative process, the first steps are always about gathering. Gathering ideas, possibilities, building visions.
Soon we begin to play more with what we have now gathered and editing will happen, a honing of direction. For now, we sit briefly in this place of beautiful potential.