Saturday was all sorts of amazing. Not only was it gloriously sunny (helloooooo sundresses and sandals!), it was also filled with Jane’s Walks! I met the Jane’s Walkers at the northern edge of the Railpath (after this fabulous walk!) and we wrote love letters to things we love about Toronto. It was so inspiring.
(also, I got to use a megaphone – AMAZING!)
A huge thank you to my volunteer crew, Laura Wills, Adam Hess and my little (patient!) son Jack!
I’m so thrilled to be bringing The Love Lettering Project to the Jane’s Walk Launch Party this year! So excited to celebrate Jane Jacobs and the 2015 festival and write love letters to this glorious city
Join in on the walk and come find me at the last stop to write your love letter to this reclaimed stretch of public space, to Jane and her inspiring ideas, to the Junction, to all the wonderful parts of this fair city we live in!
May 2, 2015
The walk is from 2-3:30
I’ll be love lettering from 3pm onwards at the northern tip of the Railpath!
(And have you seen the Jane’s Walk postcards? Pure brilliance!)
It’s always a slow return from the deep freeze of winter, but this year’s spring in Toronto is especially delightful! I like to document my love affair with spring in checklist form (and now you can too! Check out my Etsy shop!)
The Toronto Star even featured the lists (and most significantly, the glorious 20 degree weather!) on their site! More here!
(And more Toronto+spring love = Jane’s Walk is fast-approaching!!)
What an honour to sit down with CBC Radio’s Here and Now host, Gill Deacon to chat about letter writing last night!
We chatted about the slow(er) pace of writing letters, the physicality of missives – from the distance they have to travel, to the tearing of an envelope, to the unfolding of paper. And then, there’s the handwriting — I do so love that little burble of excitement when I recognize the handwriting of my name on the outside of an envelope!
Man alive, there’s nothing I love more than a good letter!
I am beyond thrilled to have a love letter (in tote bag and embroidery form!) in Leanne Prain‘s new book, “Strange Material.” It’s a stunner of a book, exploring storytelling through textiles.
More on the book: The book includes chapters on various aspects of textile storytelling, from “Textiles of Protest, Politics, and Power” to “The Fabric of Remembrance”; it spotlights well-known projects, such as the profoundly moving Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, as well as unique undertakings such as Climbing PoeTree’s S.T.I.T.C.H.E.D, Mark Newport’s Knitted Superheroes, Tracy Widdess’s Knitted Monsters, as well as poetry blankets and stitched travel diaries. Offbeat, poetic, and subversive, Strange Material will inspire readers to re-imagine the possibilities of creating through needle and fabric.
It’s an honour to be in such incredible company, and it’s been so much fun carrying my Dear Toronto bag around the city with me — spreading the love one subway trip at a time!!
One afternoon this summer, I met Brian Cauley in Trinity Bellwoods Park and we talked about unexpected discoveries and The Love Lettering Project. It was a perfect afternoon, and a most-inspiring conversation and you can hear it here, through Brian’s amazing Tiny Conversations project.
Take a listen (and then peruse through the other tiny conversations – so awesome!)