Join Wildcrafted Wool once a month at Vancouver Public Library Oakridge and improve your skills or learn new ones, and meet other knitters to share knit love in Vancouver! Bring your own needles and yarn to this informal drop-in all ages group and build a network of intergenerational maker with us. Snacks welcome.
January 31st 6:30-8:30pm
Feb 28th 6:30-8:30pm
March 28th 6:30-8:30pm
Free parking on premises
Wheelchair accessible venue
State of the Practice is an annual exhibition highlighting the Vancouver Park Board’s longstanding commitment to artists working in the community to engage citizens in creative practices. From September 17 – 29, the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall will transform into a vibrant, buzzing studio with workshops encouraging artists and community members to problem solve, build, tan, sew, and net-make, while multi-artist collaborations related to shared land and sea cultural traditions unfold.
Photos, samples, and artworks on display will highlight the ‘community studio’ events led by EartHand Gleaners Society at two public park sites—Means of Production and Trillium North Park — both creative commons for growing art-crop materials and hosting seasonal-based outdoor workshops and celebrations. For more about related programming see www.earthand.com.
DATE Mon Sep 17 – Sat Sep 29
TIME Mon-Fri 9am-9:45pm, Sat-Sun 9am-4:45pm
DATE Thu Sep 20
LOCATION Exhibition Hall
With June Pardue and Peter Ananin
DATE Thu Sep 20
LOCATION Performance Centre
Lorraine Roy's Woven Woods exhibition, comprised of 12 round wall hangings, is now at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum in Vancouver until November 4th.
"In the top six inches of the forest floor lies a vast and flourishing communication system as old as photosynthesis itself. This is where we find an exquisitely balanced symbiotic relationship between mycorrhizal fungi and tree roots which provides a network of channels for resources and messages between individual trees. The resulting plant chatter is as complex and efficient as our own worldwide web. In recent research, biologists have discovered the existence of Mother trees: larger, older specimens that, with the help of their fungi, serve as system hubs in life and as nutrient sources in death. This mycorrhizal network thus connects and stabilizes the forest, and by extension, our entire planet's biosphere.
Fascinated by this current research, I applied for an Ontario Arts Council Grant to travel to the University of British Columbia and meet Dr Suzanne Simard who is a leader in this field. Together with her and some of her gracious Grad students, I toured her lab and field facilities on campus and through the mountains to Kamloops. It was an amazing experience.
The resulting exhibition, entitled Woven Woods, is a collection of twelve circular quilted wall hangings, measuring 36 to 45" in diameter, each depicting twelve trees of varying types, seasons and stages of growth, and portraying a different aspect of their connection with the mycorrhizal net. Each circle encloses the story of a thriving ecosystem, where all individual elements contribute to support the whole.
The circle, which is a shape symbolizing infinity, also happens to be the shape of the earth, a cross section of tree root and even a single spore. We use circles to describe the flow of our seasons, our measure of time, and the movements of biological systems through their cycles. The title Ubuntu, given as a prefix to each wall hanging, is an African word which means "I am, because you are."
Since fabric is itself a plant or animal product, it is an ideal material for expressing and capturing the attributes of natural forms, and the techniques I use mirror processes that bring order to diverse and humble materials. For materials, I used fabrics of all kinds, mainly dyed and printed cottons, some silks, a variety of synthetics and sheers, and cotton batting. In a few of them I also used acrylic paint. They are all machine appliqued and quilted, and hang freely without frames.
The pieces in this collection will be available for purchase at the end of their touring schedule, in 2021 or later. For the touring locations and dates, click HERE."
Lecture: Woven Woods: A Journey through the Forest Floor
Sept 13, 2018 at 7 PM
Floral Hall, Van Dusen Botanical Gardens,Vancouver, BC
I will speak about creating Woven Woods, and the fascinating science of tree communication.
Purchase your $15 ticket by clicking HERE.
Lecture: Call of the Heartwood: My Creative Journey with Trees
Sept 17, 2018 at 7 pm
The Little Red Church, Comox, Vancouver Island
How trees wove themselves into my heart and my art.
Tickets are $10. To reserve, contact Jessie Schut at j.schut(at)shaw.ca or 250-331-0156.