come ride with us?!

←→invitation to participate←→ Bicycle Buddha Adventure 2014 Sunday May 11 to Sunday May 18, 2014 or smaller portions thereof… A 3 to 5 to 8 day Community Bike Ride that combines: • mindfulness practice, • nature connection, • easy-level bicycle touring, • community practice, and • fun!   Travel by bicycle in gorgeous unfolding spring….

New Art Class Beginning Feb 13

creativity is like a muscle when you work it it gets stronger … T r a n s f o r m   is a new course starting mid-February being offered as part of Gallery Gachet’s Art School.  Its purpose is to support individuals in their daily creative practice. for self-identified artists of all abilities,…

my art as social practice

Chris Bentzen is a Vancouver curator, organizer, button-maker, and soon-to-be gallery owner. A few weeks ago we sat down to talk about art, and one result is this wee video. Chris releases one video weekly featuring a local Vancouver artist. Happy to be included in the roster! Good luck with your gallery opening, Chris. Interview…

Elemental : What Stories are Made of

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)….

velodeco : make something from nothing

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   …

ninety three : a blue heart for betty

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…

ninety two : things i did and saw at the farm part 3

justy taught me how to make soap and we did after the neighbour came over with his tractor-attached-auger and dug holes for the alpaca fence we discovered great wads of clay    what better to make a house with?   love the viscereal feel and manual work we shared to prepared the clay

eighty seven : leading folks in song

success!!! i led a group of community folk in a song as part of songs for birds   a public event at our neighbourhood park that i co-facilitated with my housemate Jenna. I did it. It sounded good us all joining voices together. The woodpecker nesting close by liked it too. pictures on Ant’s website

sixty six : talk about it

talked about my art last night and about the astounding value of creativity at a Pecha Kucha called Recipe For Change hosted at Cherry Tree Fort Collective House 20 slides 20 seconds per slide i slid a few animations in there   shhh

fifty : little birds say thank you

thank you cards for my friends who led interpretive walks     taught twine-making    created art with nature    talked with birds    and other goodness    at  -Spirit Fish-  a community art and environment festival i helped create last year.   see five more cards

twenty five: hearth-warming collage

crafting at the Hearth House on a rainy saturday night delicious food, co-created live music and song weaving toegther a story of connection, warmth, creativity and support. ahh… the different shapes of collective houses inspire me! plus Maggie has    hands down    the best collection of fabric remnants i’ve ever seen. more about Maggie: something…

ten: start a blog

Today i am setting up my blog so that others can see my work. It will take me a few days to get caught up, as some of the pieces remain un-documented. I’ll head over to the studio this afternoon and hope there is enough natural light on this rainy afternoon. Sharing is caring!

six: tea for friends

Here we’ve got three teas for three people. The Sweet Gale was harvested in Temagami and dried on a wicker mat in the autumn sun. The Raspberry Leaf is organic from the Beehive House Garden where I live, and the Nettle Leaf is the first harvest of 2011 from an organic swamp on Vancouver Island,…

five: i will cook food for you

On the other side these tokens say:  “i will cook food for you” I made these tokens as an effort to stimulate supportive community. I was heading down to the Occupy Vancouver site, and anticipated being around many people who i had never met. My intention was to strike up a conversation with folks, talk…