Recently Janice Barlow and myself held a meet and greet at Design at Riverside as part of the Common Waters series of events. The afternoon began with myself talking about how nature and water played a part in our lives and transferred into our art. My appreciation for water began when I was about five years old, sharing an old farmhouse with no running water with eight other family members. Drinking water came from melting snow or boiling pond water or gathering it from a natural spring in galvanized milk pails.Read More
Last Thursday, as part of the Common Waters project, Jay Bailey and his “paddle-sister,” Ellie Joseph, shared some of their experiences as co-organizers of the annual Two Row on the Grand canoe trip.
Now in its fourth year, Two Row on the Grand is a 9-day paddling/camping experience along the Grand River, starting in Cambridge and ending in Port Maitland on Lake Erie. It honours the messages and teachings of the original Two Row Wampum Treaty between the Mohawk and the Dutch over 400 years ago.Read More
Here’s something I learned last Saturday:
Performance art scares me.
Let me explain.Read More
Last week, I joined a few other locals for a short trip back in time. Along one side of the Grand River to the other, we walked and listened as local artist Joe Lethbridge guided us on a tour in downtown Galt. It was good motivation to hop online afterwards and read, in more detail, about the people and places introduced during our stroll.
Once again, the outing – part of the Common Waters project – reinforced the theme that water literally fuels and connects us.Read More
Recently I attended a Common Waters event at the BRIDGE storefront which was comprised of two performance pieces , The Water Lover by Patrick Allaby and Slow Change by Tess Martens. While I have seen many performance art events before, nothing could prepare me not only to see and hear what I was about to, but to experience it wholly; mind, body and soul.Read More
Dr. Andrew Judge spoke last Saturday in a Common Waters talk titled “Jii Bmoseynah Nokomis Gii B'Mosed - I am Walking in the Footsteps of my Grandmother.” Afterwards, I went home feeling moved and overwhelmed. I told my husband that I didn’t know how I could distill those three hours into a meaningful blog post. My brain (and heart) needed time to digest.
And here I am.
The theme of these Common Waters events revolves around water – its literal and figurative place in our lives. As I’m discovering, conversations about water are inevitably connected to conversations about many other thingsRead More
On Thursday July 4th, landscape architect Yvonne Batista and process design engineer Genevieve Kenny came to the University of Waterloo School of Architecture to give a lecture on these mysterious systems and processes, demystifying and revealing the often forgotten stormwater infrastructure that plays a critical role in ensuring our cities are not inundated at the slightest summer storm.Read More
Germs = art?
Nicole Clouston is a researcher in the process of completing a Ph.D. in Visual Art. Art and science meet in Nicole’s work. Last Wednesday, she led a field trip and workshop - Mud and Microbes - as part of the Common Waters project, in which we collected samples of mud from the banks of the Grand River in downtown Galt.Read More
Blacksmithing. Textile weaving. Writing a letter (by hand).
Lost arts? Most of us don’t own fountain pens or butter churns anymore. Does that mean they’re gone for good? Perhaps the digital age has, surprisingly, been a catalyst for the resurgence of true craft. Maybe because we no longer do it out of necessity, there’s something more satisfying and meaningful about creating by hand - the length and complexity and scaffolding of the process, the tactility and richness of the materials that come together with practiced skill to make something truly unique.
Last Saturday, I observed artist and teacher Judy Major-Girardin lead a book-binding workshop at the BRIDGE Centre for Architecture and Design as part of the summer-long Common Waters project.Read More
On June 19, the University of Waterloo School of Architecture hosted Irene Luque Martin to do a lecture on her research, looking at water as the driving force in healthy urbanism. She is an urban designer at FABRICations, a research/design firm based in Amsterdam. She explains the process that her team takes to analyze and solve large scale problems.
The lecture begins with a breakdown on the firm and her design philosophy, explaining their six principles of healthy urbanism. Irene then led us through a three projects in Chennai, Khulna, and Semarang, where these six principles were used to come to a solution for their respective urban issues.Read More
Last Saturday, Judy Major-Girardin ran a book binding workshop in the BRIDGE Storefront space. Focused around our natural environment and our means of representing it, the hands-on workshop was also a chance to learn more about the Grand River and its history. With our books in hand, the workshop ended with a trip to the banks of the river where we wrote, sketched, and painted in our new books.Read More
After you woke up this morning, did you make a coffee? Brush your teeth, have a shower, flush the toilet? I did. Here’s a selection of random thoughts I had while I did those things: we’re almost out of milk; are any of the Raptors actually Canadian?; oh, shoot, the MasterCard bill’s due tomorrow.
I admit that the following series of thoughts doesn’t regularly join the circus of my morning headspace: this water is clean; it’s precious; it connects us all; and it took no effort at all, aside from a flick of my wrist, to access it.Read More
If notebook paper, canvas and my camera are my arts medium, my inspiration comes from nature . The river my solace, my sounds, and colour therapy, my well being.Read More
Last Friday, the BRIDGE Storefront held a reception for Common Waters’ exhibition opening, which featured a collection of artifacts, student work, as well as live music. This event was attended by members of the community, local students, and professors from the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture.Read More