Linen Growers’ Glossary

Turning straw into gold is a magic process full of archaic terminology….If you want to learn more, check out Raven Ranson’s new book Homegrown Linen: transforming flaxseed into fibre The QuickStart Guide… Grow some flax — seed in the spring as early as the ground can be worked to reduce the need for water; or…

Studio Sale Fundraiser 22 May 2019

Big studio sale Wednesday May 22 at Trillium Park North, 600 National Ave, Vancouver. 6-9 pm 20% of the proceeds will be donated to the EarthHand Gleaners Society to replace their stolen tools and keep their stewardship program thriving.CASH ONLY TOOLS Nancy’s Knit Knacks Andean Plying Tool – $30.00Video of how it’s used to make…

#Treasuring Strathcona Blackberry Walk Gallery

A gallery of the beautiful evening of walking, talking and dyeing with blackberry on May 10. Participants met out front of Strathcona Community Centre (601 Keefer St Vancouver); we talked about the land as it was before 1850 and shared what we knew of the plants, animals, and xwmkwy”m (Musqueam), Skwxw7mesh (Squamish) and sl”lwta”/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)…

#TreasuringStrathcona: Garden Trails

Janey and Jay hosted an afternoon of activities for the kids at the Strathcona childcare centre on the pro-d day on April 29. Both these artists are really connected with the wild, and the ideas that seem to have resonated most strongly with them in this project are of how the land and waters looked…

#TreasuringStrathcona Fibre & Dye Walks: May 10, June 22, July 20

Part of my vision for #TreasuringStrathcona has been to have a diverse team of artists, people who are all fierce in overlapping ways — fiercely intellectual, fiercely protective, fiercely inuitive, fiercely activist. With Anna Heywood-Jones and Jennifer Brant, their fierceness is under cover of ‘mild-mannered’. They’re thoughtful and attentive and don’t really draw too much…

Wayfinding: Lookout Place/ Trillium North Park

Trillium North Park, Thornton St at Malkin Technically, the lookout place is not here, where the mural-painted shipping containers and the garden beds lie near the rows of cherry trees, but slightly up the hill from us along Atlantic; there, in the long ago, the promontory was the perfect spot to camp and be able…

Wayfinding: Transition Place

Station Street to National Avenue Once the land was made solid by the filling in the estuary, Pacific Central Station was built. Amazing to think of the vision and certitude that raised a grand stone building in the midst of what was once a teeming wetland. One of our walk participants said that she heard…

Wayfinding: New Paths

Western Street to Northern, Station to Terminal In the long ago, the canoes would have threaded their way through the Separated Points and glided across the relatively warm, shallow and extremely rich waters of the calm estuary here. Flocks of water fowl lingered at the edges, and one could look down through glass waters into…

Wayfinding: An Ancient Path

Main St. In the long ago, this place was a thin arm of land that reached out and almost grasped the hand of the arm on the other side of the water; together, they almost formed a land bridge across the waters of the estuary. These arms of land seemed, to the settlers, to be…

Wayfinding: Nature Hiding in Plain Sight

East First Avenue, from Thornton St to Main St We descend into what was surely the water of the estuary, in the long ago, with the tule and cattail, mud banks and sand bars — perhaps there were also cottonwood trees here then, as there are now. There are still empty lots here, but not…