Introducing 2022 Artists-in-Residence

Stay tuned for more exciting events of this year’s artists-in-residence program, including Meagan Innes weaving on an earth loom at Trillium that will be built by David Gowman, and crossover events between Anna Heywood Jones’s natural dye research and other EartHand programs!

Anna Heywood-Jones

Anna and her son at Trillium Garden- Willem’s sweater was made by Nicola Hodges and uses wool dyed from the plants surrounding Trillium park

Anna Heywood-Jones is a settler artist and educator based on the traditional, contemporary and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ Nations, colonially known as Vancouver, Canada. Through her work, Heywood-Jones explores the complex relationship between human and botanical spheres, often articulated through textile materials and processes. Additionally, her artistic practice is dedicated to exploring the slow loss of her father and the recent birth of her son. She holds an MFA degree from NSCAD University, a BFA degree from Emily Carr University and a diploma in Fibre Arts from Kootenay School of the Arts.  

During her time as an artist-in-residence with EartHand Gleaners Society, Anna Heywood-Jones plans to collaboratively create handspun and handwoven textile swatches made with plant fibres grown by EartHand and wool raised by Barnston Island producers. During the summer and fall seasons, the swatches will be dyed with the many colour-bearing plants growing at Means of Production and Trillium North garden sites. 

Image courtesy: Anna Heywood -Jones

Building on previous work done on the east coast (Tinctorial Cartographies), Anna wishes to create a textile record of the relationship between the animals, plants and people that circulate within the EartHand fibre-shed and community skill-shed. This project promises to be part scientific experiment, part learning tool and part poetic exploration. Throughout the spring and summer there will be crossover events between Anna’s work and other EartHand programs. Stay tuned!

Meagan Innes

Meagan and David at future loom site

Meagan Innes is a Squamish woman, an educator and a multidisciplinary artist. Meagan completed her MEd around examining connection to place, kinship and to spéńem (plant) s7eḵw’í7tel (siblings) péńem (plant things). She is waking up her Ancestral skills by exploring reshaping pedagogy to embody traditional ways of knowing and being. She completed the First Nations Language Program at SFU and is a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim speaker. Meagan loves to work with her hands, utilizing traditional materials and objects to create cultural works that are utilized for their intended purposes. Her practice includes weaving with a variety of natural fibres, animal hides, and plant materials as dyes and pigments.

Meagan and Sharon exchanging gifts at the Rose Hips + Stories event fall 2021

Meagan has worked alongside Sharon on many projects including nettle research through the Squamish Language program. She will work as an artist mentor and Squamish knowledge holder during her time as the artist-in-residence with EartHand in 2022. Stay tuned for more exciting projects that Meagan will be doing with EartHand this summer, including weaving on a loom that will be built into the garden.