Weaving Community

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Saturday, May 9th, 2015
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The Museum at Campbell River and the Campbell River Arts Council are organizing a ‘Weaving with Ivy’ workshop at the Sybil Andrews Cottage, 2131 South Island Highway in Willow Point on Saturday, May 23 from 1pm to 3pm, that follows the Ivy pull of May 9th.  Local First Nation’s artist Wayne Bell will lead the workshop.  

Ken Blackburn, public programmer for the Museum and Director of the Arts Council, envisions this as a multi-faceted project with further invasive pulls, walks, talks and weaving workshops throughout 2015 including: Himalayan Blackberry in July and Yellow Flag Iris in late summer.  The aim is to ‘create community’ through weaving with invasive plant materials. Blackburn says “The partnership between Greenways, the Museum and the Arts Council represent historic, environmental, and artistic approaches to dealing with invasive plants.  Over the next year we hope to put on a number of programs and workshops that creatively explore how communities can come together to address a local concern.  Ecology based art forms, or ‘eco-art’, are an advanced way of working together to address both environmental issues and foster local creativity.”

“It’s a win, win, win project all around,” said Luisa Richardson, the project initiator. “From spending relaxing time in nature, restoring native habitat, creating art projects for community and schools, learning to make items from locally sourced materials… the possibilities are endless.”   The plant fibre from the ivy can be used to weave baskets, art or nets for stream bank restoration. The newly released ground will allow native plants to re-establish in the area. This will attract birds, mammals, insects and enrich the area for salmon, plus all other creatures that depend on this keystone species. 

Call Luisa at 250-202-3266, or email her for more info: Lu.rich52@gmail.com.  If you would like to join the ongoing project of creating community through eco-art, send us your name and contact info and we can keepyou in the loop. The cost for the workshop is $35.00.  Call the Museum at 250-287-3103 to register.