October 21, 2014
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!
October 21, 2014
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!!
September 16, 2014
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!)
July 7, 2014
What a wonderful weekend at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition! The Love Lettering Project was part of the Art Now component to the art-filled Nathan Phillips Square and man alive, it was a fun weekend! Thank you so much to the whole TOAE and Art Now crew and the incredible Lisa Elchuk who manned the ship on Sunday!
I met such wonderful, generous people, like the guy who mid-love letter writing offered to throw out garbage for the harried father who was trying to wrangle two young kids. And creators of a farmers’ market who shared their story of working in the schools. And the families who showed up in the sunshine to look at and buy and be inspired by all of the art. It was wonderful!
Some love letters to Toronto’s remarkable art scene:
June 19, 2014
I can’t wait for July! I’ll be love lettering at the Art Now stage at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (one of the best weekends in Toronto all summer!) Such an honour!
I’m a huge fan of the Art Now project, ranging from sculpture to performance, that re-imagine the role of art as a connecting node between publics and spaces, as a form of creative engagement with our everyday lived experiences. YES PLEASE!
I’ll have a table at the stage at Nathan Phillips Square from 12:30-4:30 on Saturday July 5 and Sunday July 6. C’mon by and write a letter to the incredible art scene in this town.
More about the Art Now project:
Exploring the relationships between art, the quotidian, and public spaces, artists have been invited to create innovative site-specific projects that offer a sense of critical play between the audience, and the civic square and outdoor art fair environment. By simply situating less conventional, disenfranchised art disciplines within the more familiar context of a commercial art fair, Art Now inevitably encourages its audience to think about the meaning of art itself.
The works assembled participate in ongoing dialogues surrounding the current issues shaping contemporary art, and the role of art fairs as agents in the commercialization of art. These projects, ranging from sculpture to performance, reimagine the role of art as a connecting node between publics and spaces, as a form of creative engagement with our everyday lived experiences. Provocative, challenging, and stimulating, these original interdisciplinary projects animate Nathan Phillips Square by pushing the scale and artistic rigor of an art fair beyond a 10’x10’ tented space.
June 1, 2014
I love Toronto. Like, LOVE this city. And when events like 100 in 1 day appear, my heart just about explodes with the love
The Love Lettering Project will be taking part in the festival up at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus. Write an anonymous love letter to what you love about where you live!
10am – 2 pm at University of Toronto Scarborough, Humanities Wing (H-Wing) Patio.
May 28, 2014
How great is this?!? Neighbourhood Fan Mail celebrates people who contribute to their community – neighbours and local businesses. They invite writers to deliver other peoples mail within a mapped out neighbourhood boundary, encouraging people to discover new places and meet new people in their ‘hood. (More about her great work here!)
And lucky for us, there’s an event on June 7th for the 100 in 1 Day event!
May 26, 2014
It’s been a few years now since I ventured into the land of academics, but Friday Night @ The Berks was a perfect reintroduction! I met such wonderful, engaged students and profs and scholars from China, the States, Rome and all over Canada and we all wrote love letters to our communities.
So! Much! Fun!
And one of the best things, was learning about non-Toronto places!!! (Chatting with two women from Washington, D.C. made me miss that lovely city!)
May 20, 2014
I’m so excited to be bringing The Love Lettering Project to Friday Night @ The Berks!
Join me and an amazing roster of artists and musicians for a fabulous evening at Hart House. (What a fabulous building, eh??)
Where: Hart House – 7 Hart House Circle (map)
When: Doors at 7:30 pm for general admission, 6:45 pm for dinner guests
Cash Bar, 19+
General Admission: $15 (at the door)
Dinner + Admission for Conference Attendees: $22
Admission for Conference Attendees: $10 (register here!)
May 11, 2014
Oh, the light. I stepped off the plane in Yellowknife, and my heart broke wide open – the LIGHT! The huge enormous skies, prairie-big, but very definitively north. So incredible.
I couldn’t sleep for the week I was up north because of all of this relentless, unending light. I’m so full of Vitamin D, I think I might be made of it now.
And then I got to hang out with Grade 10 students and find out what they love about where they live:
(This was one of my letters…and below are the yarn snowflakes I stumbled upon!)
Yellowknife, I will miss you, so.
Huge and enormous thank yous to DreamCatcher Mentoring and the Canada Council for the Arts for the support and helping to make this tour happen.