PROJECT:Weaving Our Social Fabric

Announcing a new project for the Fall of 2016 at Trillium North Park.

Three local artists, Melodie Flook, David Gowman and Arlin ffrench, will be joining us at our work space at Trillium. The group projects to be undertaken include collaborative fence weaving using local plants (Festoonery), a handmade rain catchment system carved from local trees (Rain Collectors)  and a walking-spinning wheel for ongoing community use.

These site-enhancement projects will add to our ongoing creation of a beautiful, inspiring and “made-by-hand’ environment; an oasis of creativity and community in this urban, industrial and reclaimed green-space.

All of these projects have room for community participation!

Festoonery: with Melodie Flook

Throughout September 6-8 pm Mondays and Thursdays

Thurs Sep 15th, 22nd, 29th and Mon Sep 19th, 26thFestoonery 6 Red Black

The project includes instruction in rope-making, crocheting, knitting and lace patterning.

All dates are at Trillium North





Rain Collectors: with David Gowman

Throughout September 1-5pm  Sundays 11th, 18th, 25th

all dates FullSizeRenderare at Maclean Park Fieldhouse- 710 Keefer Street, installation at Trillium TBA

Over the course of three Sundays in September, a rain collection system, made from locally grown/harvested wood, will be built and installed by volunteer participants at Trillium North Park.
Stage one: Shaping. Using advantageous, pre-bisected empresswood staves, gutters can be hollowed using gouges and mallets. Brackets for mounting can be cut and shaped using hand tools (pull saws, coping saws and chisels).
Step two: Sealing. Once the parts are shaped, a layer of oil-based sealant is applied to the waterway (in this case, a bright red for aesthetic appeal). Upon curing, a further layer of varnish is applied to all parts prior to installation.
Step three: Installation. The Rain Collector Project is installed using common hardware (stove bolts and pipe clamps). Anchor holes are drilled into the shipping container walls. Brackets are mounted with wooden backings on the inside of the container. The gutter race down to the rain barrel is mounted onto the fence using wooden brackets, wood screws and pipe clamps.

Walking Spinning Wheel: with Arlin ffrench

Arlin is working with a group of spinners as collaborative consultants in the community to create the wheel. Public work dates tba, spinning demonstrations at Final Celebration October 1st

All of this joint action by participants coming together to work- the time spent in this common pursuit- is the physical action of how we weave our social fabric. Working together in the park we are turning industrial shipping containers into a creative meeting place that fits our aspiration of building a third place – the ‘community outdoor living room.’

FOR CULTURE DAYS: Join us Saturday October 1st from 1-4pm to participate in the Festoonery project, sample the walking wheel and see the new rain catchment system in place!

Thanks to Vancouver Park Board: Neighbourhood Matching Fund for making this project possible.