Our Mission

EartHand Gleaners Society uses a community-engaged model for creating environmental art projects with opportunities for research, skill development and skill sharing. Our projects foster multicultural, interdisciplinary collaboration among community members and professionals in the fields of education, sciences and the arts. We model how to “Be a Producer without first being a Consumer”: to be…

Sustenance Festival 2017 Call for Proposals

Grandview Woodland Food Connection and the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC are partnering to host Sukkot this year! This will be part of the city-wide Sustenance Festival 2017. Sukkot is a Jewish harvest celebration that “expresses universal themes of harvest celebration, cultural identity, human vulnerability, and community building.” It’s got a special place in…

FORAGE April: Yellow Flag Iris

The FORAGE April: Yellow Flag Iris (Iris pseudacorus) workshop could have been billed as ‘underwater basket weaving’ – but man did we have fun!! Thanks to the 12 brave souls who came and cut back invasive yellow flag iris and harvested roots for dye. And special thanks to Kari and Stanley Park Ecology Society, and Vancouver…

FORAGE March: English Ivy

Twelve hearty and brave souls came to work with us for our first FORAGE: Seasonal Fibre Series date on March 8, and had the bonus of an indoor space last minute! (Little did we know at the time that March rainfall would break records…) The day included harvesting English ivy, splitting, debarking, making rope and a quick…

“a ring of willow woven in the ends of their nets”

Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery is one of our partners for the Land & Sea project; Sonia Strobel, co-founder and Managing Director, recently forwarded this to us, an excerpt from Nick Claxton’s writing about his community’s successful reef net fishery revival: The WSÁNEC people successfully governed their traditional fisheries for thousands of years, prior to contact.  This…

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts

Cold raw skin… icky, slimy, smelly. But warmed with careful hands and a heartfelt gratitude for the animals’ lives, and for the heritage and wisdom of our ancestors and those who shared their knowledge with us, that same flesh is both transformed, and transformative. Thanks to Karen for providing us with the fish skins, waste from a…

Linen Growers’ Club: March

What brought you here? Are you a gardener or a spinner already, or are you new to it? Where are you going to grow your flax? Turns out that we’re a mix of growers and makers, and will be growing our flax at sites all over Coast Salish Territory and beyond; we’ll have a tremendous diversity…

A Little History on Flax to Linen

Almost thirty years ago in 1989, Mavis Atton’s book Flax Culture: from flower to fabric was published by Ginger Press, a chronicle of Atton’s experiments growing and producing hand spun flax in Georgian Bay, Ontario. A few years later, Linda Heinrich of Vancouver Island wrote The Magic of Linen, a result of the extensive research she…

The Weaving Wagon: Concept & Early Design

Last summer I got back from the Yukon and Sharon and I were having our more-or-less weekly work meeting. We had a conversation that went something like this: -“I want to weave BIG. I’m going to ask Alastair if he’ll teach me. I want to weave a bike trailer.” – “Do you want to do…

Creative Reuse: Textile Waste and Contemporary Design

Oh, to be able to fly to New York for the weekend for this TSA event! Wonder when they’ll start putting these things out as live-stream webinars? For the meantime, I’ll have to satisfy myself with digging up the links to the designers and exhibits they mention: Green Eileen  The eco-advocate arm of vertically-integrated retailer Eileen…

Land & Sea – Grant writing as art practice…

Land & Sea is our third (!) project grant application so far this year. Sharon and I are hitting our stride as writing collaborators, and making the most of new technology to do it. We’ve evolved a mode of working on the same document simultaneous, watching each others’ cursors flick over the page, bits of text…

Linen Growers Club

Linen Growers Club SOLD OUT First Tuesday of the month from March through September, 6-8pm Register online through Homestead Junction Do you have an interest in gardening or textiles? EartHand Gleaners Society is thrilled to partner with Homestead Junction for the Linen Growers Club. A chance to grow your own small flax crop for linen,…