Artist in Residence

About EartHand Gleaners Artist in Residence Program

Starting late 2019, EartHand will invite a local artist to do a deep dive into our methodology of being makers without first being consumers. The invited artist/ artist team will have a current practice that overlaps with at least one of EartHand’s three core areas of focus: community engagement, environmental focus and hand-based skills development.

Residencies will be 1-3 years in length and include free participation in selected EartHand paid programs for skill-share, teaching opportunities for the EartHand community and co-planned social/maker events that build on our collective skills and interests.

It is our goal that the skills and community that an artist brings to the EartHand fold will further enrich our community knowledge and scope of reach. And, that any artist in residence with EartHand broadens their personal arts practice by a ‘looking through the lens of local’ materials-use awareness. Both a personal and maker’s relationship to nature is developed through time in the gardens EartHand tends, including a seasonal understanding of sustainable material extraction and the stewardship of those plants. EartHand is funding this program through earned revenue, providing modest stipends for the artist and our lead artist Sharon Kallis to have time together.

2021: T’uy’t’tanatCease Wyss and Jolene Andrew

Down from the Mountains: into the city

How do the plants and fibres define a culture? A place? 

What are the similar pedagogies and teachings being reciprocated between two culturally distinct styles in weaving and other Indigenous technologies and design.

How do we identify the proper relationship to the land where we stand when we come from somewhere else?

 How do we inspire respect and awareness of our kinship to the plants and animals with whom we share this place?

And how – when our ancestors have come from afar – can we be local-focused makers and be good allies in of support of waking sleeping knowledge for Indigenous peers?

Jolene Andrew and Cease Wyss embark on a learning journey, learning about traditions in making ceremonial and functional everyday items from yellow cedar and mountain goat, and other elements from the respective territories and teachings. 

What they learn through the year influences and shapes the direction for community research and participatory events hosted by EartHand Gleaners both virtually  and  in two urban educational learning gardens. 

Collectively we wish to unpack how  allies can make space for traditional knowledge transfer and cultural development in community – so that all people in community can benefit from the teachings. We need to all understand the importance of autonomy and knowledge sharing to foremostly centre, respect,  and uphold knowledge to belong to the Indigenous community members, and benefit the community the most when it comes to sharing traditional knowledge.

A combination of online zoom talks/demonstrations and in-person park time will be shaped based on pandemic response  requirements. Various interactions will be added to the calendar throughout the year, check the events page for Down From the Mountain listings or sign up for the newsletter to stay informed.

Stitch and Strategize: 2019/2020

A Slow Clothing Collaboration

Amy Walker of Makemobile joins Sharon Kallis, plus invited friends, colleagues and passers-by

as EartHand’s first Artist in Residence from 2019-2020. Collectively we will explore themes of  slow clothing; reciprocity; occupying/activating/living and working in public space; mending; repair; natural & sustainable materials; climate action; building relationships with each other, with the city, with passers-by and invited friends.

T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss with park board cuttings of red osier dogwood for future garden fences