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COMMON THREADS: Weaving Community through Collaborative Eco-Art

Slide-Presentation & Booksigning with SHARON KALLIS
Thursday, February 19, 2015
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.


Sharon Kallis will be introducing simple, easily taught eco-art techniques from her new book, Common Threads: Weaving Community through Collaborative Eco-Art. In addition, she will discuss how to engage communities in re-purposing green waste and invasive species into beautiful works of art or environmental remediation, while simultaneously creating opportunities for individuals to connect with nature and one another.

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, Aberthau: flax=food+fibre, and working closely with fiber artists, park ecologists, First Nations basket weavers and others.

Find out more in Banyen's exclusive interview with Sharon Kallis where she explores the creative and environmental inspiration behind her community-based art projects: