The story of ELEMENTAL is complex and wonderful
& involves great learning for me!
WHAT IS ELEMENTAL? Through the ELEMENTAL initiative,
the Vancouver Society of Storytelling worked with 5 different communities in Vancouver from March 2011-June 2012. In workshops, each community created stories using different elements as their central metaphor (air, earth, water, fire, metal). Physical legacies and community celebrations followed. On Saturday June 9th, 2012 a bicycle/bus tour showcased ELEMENTAL as part of the 19th Vancouver International Storytelling Festival.
I was excited, proud and honoured to work alongside Naomi Steinberg, friend and community builder, storyteller and artist extraordinaire.
Naomi is an elemental force for good in Vancouver!
My task was two-part.
1. to organize a bike ride to showcase the ELEMENTAL project.
2. to create a zine / artbook documenting the project.
for the last three years i’ve had the great pleasure to create and provide the decorations for a kids bike parade. I hand-make streamers out of used plastic bags + salvaged veggie twist ties.
HOW i ride my bike all over town visiting various large-chain grocery stores where people ‘recycle’ their disposable plastic bags i don my gloves and dig through the bags of bags searching for beautiful colours most bags are not desirable: thin white safeway beige yellow buy-low grey home depot yuck.
A gem would be solid red or blue sears, multicoloured record store, white and pink hello-kitty! I’ll post instructions sometime.
here’s the thing with this work. it’s not collectable. it doesn’t hang on your wall. it’s not new. is it even art? just because some kid hung my quote work on their bike for a few days and rode in a parade… i suppose the kids feel validated for loving their bikes for fun and freedom, parade viewers see the bikes and feel hopeful for the future. i feel good too. okay.
non-sequenced dance cards aka shotlist for a new B:C:Clettes video (did you know we have a new website?) cards created by combined effort of Alana and Red in Hamilton, Ontario
and the results? ta daaaaaaa
yes beautiful i agree video will feature much stop-motion animation with stills like these will gladly post video when complete
NOTE bron and donna c were both sick on filming day uug valiant efforting
5 beautiful pictures from solstice. Read More
Lucky me, i was invited to create a poster for Starhawk’s visit to Vancouver! What I’ve got now is a sore butt from sitting at my computer for 1+ days. I made black and white version of this poster, plus a two-sided handbill as well.
Reminds me that I’ve made so many posters which i like that are not documented in a central area. Plans to create a side page here to collect them into one place.
Use what you’ve got, and i’ve got a rad computer and photoshop.
Using what i’ve got at my studio means lotsa paint, brushes, plus old wood from a failed project (the wood did nott accept paint and stain evenly).
Abstract: what is the point? what are the points? exploring abstract today. took two pictures of the beginnings of this piece. Amazing how my brain continues to see, and wants to see figuratively, particularly landscape elements. NO! resist the figurative!
other things in process in my studio: i picked up some neat coloured cardboard from the recycling. experimental paintings in the background.
thank you. i’ve got so much to work with!
A project i am coordinating & facilitating: a memorial installation for a cycling advocate who passed unexpectedly. This is the bare-bones invitation to participate in a design gathering, where we’ill chew on the project together. Will the memorial installation appear as a future post?
(This flyer is incomplete.)