Events

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Dance Research & Performance        

April–June 2015 at Trillium North Park

Join us in the spring of 2015 as Terroir culminates in a dance performance inspired by the shoes we weave from local materials.  Led by fibre artist Sharon Kallis, dancers will make their own shoes using fibres from the land to wear and keep.  In a six-week rehearsal process they will then research personal connection to place and co-create a performance specific to Trillium North Park with dance artist Mirae Rosner.

If you are able to commit to the full schedule of weaving and dance dates and would like to participate in this special opportunity please contact us at earthandgleaners(at)gmail.com

Shoe Weaving: Trillium North Park
April 27, 28
May 4, 5
530-830 pm

Dance Research: Trillium North Park
Tuesday May 12, 19, 26
Thursday June 4, 11
530-830 pm
June 13
3-6 pm

Performance and Final Celebration: Trillium North Park
June 14
4.306.30pm.

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 east side to create markers for the ‘pollinator friendly zones’ along Hastings Street. The markers will be made from materials grown or foraged in the downtown east side, 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.

At Hastings Urban Farm 58 West Hastings Street

Sunday November 9th 1-3pm

The Hastings Farm Cloth-Percussive Band? Join Urban Cloth artists Mirae Rosner and Sharon Kallis with guest musician Dan Gaucher as we explore how to make music from the motions of processing flax into linen.  Learn all about rippling, scutching and hackling as the steps involved from plant to spinnable fibre and discover how each step has its own unique rhythm and sound. Be a player in our flax processing band! Learn about the various plants being used for the local fibre project, Terroir: Urban Cloth and have fun practicing the beat of the ripple and break! Thanks to Community Arts Council and Heart of the City Festival for event support.

At Enterprising Women Making Art 56 East Hastings Street

Tuesday/Wednesday November 25 & 26      2-5pm

Fibre Blending and Spinning Workshops

These two workshops offered for women in the downtown east side 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 EWMA studio members, register here for a space

Oppenheimer park- Ladies Tea Group

Friday December 12 2-4pm

Weaver’s Talk and Fibre Processing Workshop

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 and 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.

At Maclean Park Field House Studio 710 Keefer Street

Sunday January 10 2-5pm

Natural Dye Workshop: Dying Pollinator Markers Fibre

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. Led by Sharon Kallis free, registration required: pre-register here

At Downtown East side Women’s Centre** 302 Columbia Street ( wellness room)

Sunday December 14 2-5pm

** the following workshops are for women at the centre, if you would like to participate please email a request to earthandgleaners(at) gmail.com

Weaver’s Talk and Fibre Processing Workshop

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 and 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.

Monday January 19 2-5pm

Fibre for Spinning and Cordage

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.

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.

 Monday March 23 1-3 pm, with Hives for Humanity in the new Hastings space

(address tba) Crocheting waxed line for pollinator corridor  makers.

 

spring public crochet dates- yet to be scheduled- stay tuned for more!

 Past Events

Sunday October 5th!

12-2pm at Hastings Urban Farm

Join us for  the first processing of this years crop, we will harvest the milkweed and have the spinning drum wheels on site!

We will be exploring how to make dance and music from processing flax.  Learn all about rippling, scutching and hackling and be a player in our flax processing band.  Think Work Party, not workshop.  We have a guest musician, Dan Gaucher to lead us in our sound experiments, Mirae Rosner will lead through the various dance processing research to date and Sharon Kallis will be on hand to share her flax and linen knowledge.

Note the day events will be filmed by our partnering organization Community Arts Council of Vancouver.

Celebration Events !!

Monday September 1 2-5 PM at Means of Production Garden

Sunday September 7 4-6 PM at Trillium North Park

Autumn Dance Research

Wilson makes a skein

Wilson makes a skein

Terroir dance research continues on Sundays from 12-2pm in September, October and November. Explore connections between labour, land and community as the growing season inspires our dances. These sessions will lead-up to a work-in-progress showing as part of Heart of the City Festival on November 9 at Hastings Urban Farm. Free and open to all levels of experience. Come prepared for the weather and wear a sun hat or rain gear, and comfortable shoes.

Join us on Sunday October 5th from 12-2 PM at Hastings Urban Farm. We will be exploring how to make dance and music from processing flax. Learn all about rippling, scutching and hackling and be a player in our flax processing band. Think Work Party, not workshop.

Terroir Dance Research

Sundays 12-2 PM in September & October & November

September
14 Hastings Urban Farm
21 Trillium North Park
28 Hastings Urban Farm

October
5 Hastings Urban Farm
19 Trillium North Park
26 Hastings Urban Farm

November
2 Hastings Urban Farm

Celebration Event

Sunday November 9, 1-3pm  Hastings Urban Farm

August Events!

As we enter the late summer and harvest time, we hope to see some new faces and old.  All are welcome as we build movement scores based on labour and nature. And, certainly it would be wonderful to see you at one of our harvest events, which will include a mix of textile and dance activities and a sharing of our work to date.

Dance research sessions continue on Wednesday evenings, and we’ve also added two special Monday evenings to focus on spinning wheels and dance.  Don’t forget to dress for the weather and bring a sun hat or rain gear. Depending on the site, we can be quite exposed to the elements.

Wednesdays 6-8 PM

August 6  Trillium North Park
August 13 Hastings Urban Farm
August 20 Trillium North Park
August 27 Means of Production Garden

Mondays 6-8 PM*

August 11 Trillium North Park
August 18 Trillium North Park

* Come early at 5:30 pm and share in a potluck. Bring simple items, plate and cutlery.

Fibre research and foraging continues

Saturday August 9 11am-3pm Means of Production Garden

we will do an early harvest of some flax crop,  harvest more willow bark and do a foraging treasure hunt for  dye materials, stuffing solar dye jars to leave in the garden bed.Come out and help, and see the results from our July  dye and fibre processing day.

Thursday August 21 4-6.30 Sharon  is leading a group of EYA youth at Strathcona for a sting nettle fibre harvest and walking tour of the foraging fibre plants on the edge of Cottonwood garden.

Thursday August 28  5.30-7.30  Join Sharon and Tracy for some Trillium North foraging and fibre processing of Strathcona fibres gathered over the last few months- might even be flax harvest time!

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to see more images from July events  on flickr click here

July Events!

Tues July 8 6-8:30PM Fibre Dye foraging at  MOP garden

Wed July 9 6-8PM Dance at MOP garden

Wed July 16 6-8PM Dance and spin fibre at Hastings Urban Farm

Wed July 23 6-8PM Dance MOP garden

Sun July 27 12-5PM Fibre research time at Maclean Park Fieldhouse ( corner of  Heatley and Keefer St in Strathcona)

Wed July 30 6-8PM  Dance at Hastings Urban Farm

Spring Foraging:

Join us for locating, foraging and processing spring fibre plants. Wear closed toe shoes, bring leather garden gloves and clippers if you have them. We will be gathering and processing blackberry stocks for fibre research. Each day we will meet at our designated location and forage in the area for gathering local invasive plants. ( tools/gloves provided) Trouble finding us? Call Sharon at 604-363-0220

Tuesdays 6-8.30pm

May 20  Strathcona Park Fieldhouse   857 Malkin Ave. near Hawks

June 3  Means of Production Garden   corner of E. 6th and St. Catherines

June 10  Strathcona Park Fieldhouse

June 17    Means of Production Garden

June 24   Trillium North Park  580 Malkin at Thornton meet at Thornton St. sports field entrance

Dance in the Outdoors

Dance with us in different gardens through-out the spring, summer and fall. Explore connections between labour, land and community as the growing season inspires our dances. Ongoing sessions will lead towards participatory performances linking place & local materials. Wear movement friendly footwear, sun hat or rain gear. Open to all. Contact Mirae for more information: miraerosner@gmail.com.

Wednesdays 6-8 PM in June

June 4    Means of Production Garden   Corner of E. 6th and St. Catherines

June 11  Hastings Urban Farm  58 West Hastings St.

June 18  Means of Production Garden

June 25    Hastings Urban Farm

Celebration Events!

Save these dates  for  celebration events at our various project sites  more info yet to come…

Monday September 1 (Labour Day) 2-5pm at Means of Production garden

Sunday September 7 4-6pm harvest Celebration at Trillium North

Sunday November 9 1-3pm  at Hastings Urban Farm

General Calender of Events

late April- preparing flax beds and weeding at MOP April 26

late May- planting flax crops and milkweed

late May/June- foraging for blackberry(establish season)

August-  harvest flax, marking and  seed head removal of purple loose strife, retting fibres begins, deadheading pollinator plants for dyes

September- foraging fireweed, stinging nettle, bullrush heads, purple loose strife, harvest milkweed,

October-  fibre processing, blending and  spinning workshops begin

 

 

2 thoughts on “Events

  1. hi mirae,
    I would love to be involved in this project in some capacity, this subject matter really interests me and has cross-over in much of the work i am doing right now. Please let me know how to get involved that would be great…. 🙂 april

  2. Pingback: Urban Cloth Project: Terroir |

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