Placemaking for Community
From: Common Threads
A “working landscape” in the city can be planned for use by the people who live there. Newly articulated land use options coupled with accessing the green waste from both invasive species removal and garden maintenance together provide incredible bounty. The foraging and tending of all of these spaces offers new material opportunities for makers.
Sharon Kallis is a Vancouver artist who specializes in working with unwanted natural materials. Involving community in connecting traditional hand techniques with invasive species and garden waste, she creates site-specific installations that become ecological interventions. Through her work, Sharon has engaged with groups and studied plants and techniques across North America, as well as in Central America and Europe. Some of her recent projects include leading The Urban Weaver Project and Aberthau: flax=fibre+food. She brings together for collaborative projects fiber artists, park ecologists, First Nations basket weavers, city gardeners and the general community.