From December 2015 to June 2016, Grade 6/7s from a local elementary school spent twice-weekly sessions learning about Host Nations language and heritage, making art and doing ancestral skills using plants, and practicing observation and stewardship of the land at Trillium North Park. By the end of the project their attachment to and knowledge of the park and the plants was strong; it had become 'their place' to learn, to play, and to be.
In May and early June, EartHand was proud to host more than a dozen community skill holders, educators and programmers to come together over four intense weeks of bi-weekly sessions to explore all the aspects of making kites "the new old-fashioned way," with materials all grown and gathered in the neighbourhood. The bonds that formed amongst us and the new skills and experiences we acquired to take back to the communities we serve are the legacy of this project.
Oh yes, and the kites flew nicely, too!
In June, July and August, EartHand was thrilled to join the happenings created through the work of Cameron Cartiere, local community participants and the City of Richmond in creating the pollinator pasture at Bridgeport Industrial Park. Sharon led blackberry fibre harvests and rope making circles, working towards the creation of sculptural butterfly nets to hang in the pine trees alongside the pollinator pasture. With live musical accompaniment and guest speakers, the evenings sparked conversations, sharing, and life in the space.
In September, October and the beginning of November we brought our spring Soil to Sky research to the public, enlivening the programming of many other community partners with demonstrations and hands-on activities in linen processing, spinning, paper making, and bamboo splitting, crayon-making, and more.
THANK YOU to all of our community leaders and skill holders that helped out at the events- we couldn't have done it without you!
Throughout the summer and fall, Weaving our Social Fabric included three concurrent projects to enhance the spaces at Trillium Park: A custom-designed, wall-mounted Walking Wheel made by Arlin ffrench; a whimsical carved rain catchment system designed by David Gowman and made by him and his crew of carvers; and embellishments on the outside of the west chain link fence created by Melodie Flook and participants in her rope-making workshops. The fence now looks much friendlier, we look forward to having rain water for watering the dye garden next year, and the Walking Wheel has already proved invaluable as a tool for teaching new spinners to spin!