VIRTUAL TALK: Sharon Kallis, Tues. Oct 6th, 11am

Access to Artist Talk with Sharon Kallis:

Time: Oct 6, 2020 11:00 AM Atlantic Time (Canada)

Meeting ID: 899 7279 0300
Passcode: 0WrTcb

Info: On Tuesday, 6th of October at 11am, Sharon Kallis will deliver an Artist Talk to the Textiles Department on her personal practice and her community engaged work with the EartHand Gleaners Society in Vancouver.

With a “One Mile Diet” approach to sourcing art materials, Sharon Kallis works to discover the inherent material potential in a local land base. Involving community in connecting traditional hand techniques with invasive plant species, garden waste, or grown crops, Kallis creates site-specific installations that become ecological interventions.

Graduating from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1996, Kallis began working with materials from the land in 1999. She has exhibited and engaged communities with her practice in Ireland, Spain, Mexico and throughout the United States.

Kallis is the founding Executive Director of the EartHand Gleaners Society, a non-profit arts organization that brings together fibre artists, First Nations weavers, park ecologists and local community for skill and culture sharing projects in Vancouver. Traditional textiles are at the core of her work, with stinging nettle research dating back to 2008 and growing flax for linen in city parks since 2012. With EartHand Gleaners Society, she manages two Vancouver public parks where artists’ materials are grown.

Kallis has received grants from the Canada Council and British Columbia Arts Council and was awarded the Brandford/ Elliott International Award for Excellence in Fibre Arts in 2010. She has been acknowledged through the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards for Studio Design (2016), as an Emerging Artist (2010), and as a Remarkable Woman by the Vancouver Park Board (2012) for her community engaged projects.

Kallis is the author of “Common Threads: Weaving Community Through Collaborative Eco Art”, a book written as a field guide for others wishing to explore unwanted plants for creative purposes (published by New Society Publishers in 2014).

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