This summer, the EartHand Land & Sea project gets us out of our chairs from conversation circles and begins the practice of walking while spinning or rope making along various coastal shores in our community.
The Seaside and Shoreline Spinners’ Walking Club will be a walked and measured map created by community labour. The club is open to everyone and will help form a body of research work on coastal materials and techniques that is guided by First Nations sensibilities and concerns. It is designed to deepen and expand discussion around where we live, traditions connected to living from the land and sea and contemporary foraging best practices.
1 Fathom = 6 feet. The average distance from hand to hand for a fisherman with arms extended. So, how many fathoms will be spun?
Experienced drop spindlers and cordage makers are encouraged! A quick refresher cordage making session at 6 p.m. before departure each day will be offered. Walks begin at 6.30 p.m.
Wed. June 27th- 6.30-8.30 pm meet at Trillium North park, corner of Malkin and Thornton streets in the Strathcona neighbourhood. We will practice our walking and spinning in the park. An opportunity to get the rust off those spinning skills and to “meet the fleece” of Smoky, the romneyX sheep from Barnston Island that we will be spinning throughout the series. free ,drop in, bring your own spindle or borrow one of ours.
Wed. July 4th- 6.30-8.30 pm, with Senaqwila Wyss Vancouver Coal Harbour area- exact meeting spot announced to registrants 24 hours prior to date , pre-reg coming soon
Monday July 30- Friday August 3 6.30-8.30pm in West Vancouver, various locations around Ambleside.
Led by Tracy Williams and Sharon Kallis. Shifting between stories connected to place and walking while making, we will travel slowly, then measure our labour- relative to the terrain near the Ambleside coastline. Each walk holds opportunities for stewardship, contemplation of what lays at our feet, and the sharing of skills, traditions and history of the Xwemelch’stn village that emerge as we walk.
Limited drop in space is available each night for $8. cash on arrival, or register for the series ( $25) and confirm your spot here
Thursday August 9th- 6-8.30- Final Celebration at the Ferry Building, Ambleside Park- Join us for measuring our threads and knotting a net sculpture from resulting fibres.
Wed. August 15- 6.30-8.30 pm, with Miss Christie Lee, Vanier Park area Free, limited space. Register
Wed August 22- 6.30-8.30 pm, with Tina Brooks, Crab Park area Free, limited space. Register
Registrants will be sent an email with exact meeting location 3 days before event, and asked to follow up if they want a spinning walking kit or rope making walking kit for the session. NOTE: meeting time to learn rope making and get fibres begins at 6pm, walk commences at 6.30pm