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.
Ninety three Betty is my friend who is 93 here she is with with my sister and heiko
I sewed her this blue fuzzy heart filled with lavender harvested from our garden in vancouver the letter B embroidered on it is slightly raised so betty can feel it with her fingers her eyes don’t work anymore but her memories sure do!
made from a piece of my old angora sweater
can i take credit for the cuteness of kids? mmm nope.
finally some pictures from one of the lantern workshops that i coordinated held at the Secret Lantern Headquarters.
these young fellows are very skilled at making things due to the encouragement they have received from parents who take them to community art events, and also their experiences at gatherings such as Fire Maker where they learn primitive skills such as making a bow and arrow or learning to skin a rabbit.
while you cannot see it in this picture one of these lanterns featured an owl and a fern.
having the kids present brought much lightness and a sense of welcome and rightness to this workshop. as did the candidness and contribution of all who were there! THANKS ALL!