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Mid summer 2022

Mid summer greetings to you all! I hope you are taking time to do nothing, make things, play, reflect, appreciate the weird out of time Extember-ness of the summer.  This month, we reached out to friends and members of the Works-in-Progress artist collective to find out what they are doing to fill their days, and we include a few of these postcards in this newsletter.

We also have updates on our non workshop gatherings: work parties, unmaking events, work-ins and the adventures of the Amazing Travelling Bunting. Let's go!

 In this newsletter:
  • The Amazing Travelling Bunting
  • Un-making Day at Christie Lake, June 25th 
  • Work Parties- May 29, July 4th and upcoming August 19 (reply to this email for details)
  • Upcoming : Art Gallery of Burlington The Future of Work opening event August 27 1-4pm 
  • Back-to-School Swaps (still picking dates, for September)
  • Call for sewing volunteers in August (asking for a friend)
  • Links
TRAVELLING BUNTING
(it's everywhere)
We love bunting! It meets all our criteria: easy to make, good for using up fabric scraps, the result is joyous and beautiful, and, as a bonus, bunting flags are a great REUSABLE decoration in place of disposable décor like balloons and streamers.  Bunting is amazing. 

The poster above celebrates the process and uses for bunting; the poster and the bunting were at the Textile Museum of Canada's popular fabric sale this past weekend.  We also made MORE bunting at a mini "Work-in" using the sewing machines and some less popular scraps of cloth in the upcycling centre on the second floor of the museum. 
Last summer, we loaned out our bunting to help people stay physically distanced during Covid guidelines while visiting the Daily Apple Farmer's Market in midtown Toronto.  We also created DIY kits and hosted a drop in workshop at the market (You can still download our "Make your own bunting" pamphlet from out website HERE
This summer, our bunting stash is taking wing.  A group of grassroots eco organizers rented it for a small event called Sunfest 2022 in July after seeing a post about the bunting in June.  It came to our unmaking party in June, we have used it for private parties and events and after two parties this week it is off to another eco event and then will be living at the Art Gallery of Burlington for a few months as part of an exhibit called "The Future of Work" (more on that below)  We need to make more! 
UNMAKING DAY
Christie Lake Conservation Area (Lakeside Pavilion), Hamilton June 25

It was a very good day.

Thanks to the wonderful people who trekked to the pavilion at Christie Lake Conservation Area in Hamilton to unmake what had been made and put past work to rest on a beautiful summer Saturday at the end of June.

We brought acrylic paintings, cut-offs from clothes modifications, a beautiful giant painting on mylar, paper mache pods, masses of sketches, brass screening & hand crafted wooden pieces, past pottery, and past workshop rug weaving.

We shredded. Punched holes in. Erased. Dismantled.  Ripped apart. Burned. There was also some finishing and remaking and building back up. 'Cause "makers gonna make" as one friend commented.

But. There were also long pauses...and swims...we were accompanied by barn swallows and tiny toads and some of our family too. Good food...more pauses...quietness & banter both.

A good day.

Hoping to do some unmaking again next summer...stay tuned!
See more photos on Instagram
WORK PARTIES 
May 23, July 4th and August 19 OR 21

Work parties are not new to us - as a collective, we prefer to meet while sharing skills or working on a project - but May 29th was our first work party prepping material for upcoming events! THanks Shams el-Din Rogers for hosting.

We did it again on July 4th, this time in Tanya Murdoch's backyard, with a guest artist, Soledad Fatima Muñoz.  We worked on deconstructing and repairing clothes, making T-shirt bags and Soledad got some fabric for the Apillera workshop she led on July 19th with the Textile Museum!

We are doing it again mid August, creating bunting and patch kits for the opening event at the AGB August 27, please reach out via email if you would like to take part, we are planning to meet on August 19th or 21st works.in.progressto@gmail.comSpace is limited but we would welcome a few more hands.

ART GALLERY of BURLINGTON
August 27th + Show and work party with the Art Gallery of Burlington

We’ve been invited to participate (by way of metres and metres of bunting! yay!) in the upcoming three-part exhibition series The Future of Work, formed as sites of continual research on the labour markets, essential work, equity, and mobility. On from August 26 - December 31, 2022 the exhibition will feature artists and cultural producers who work within solidarity economies, focus on mutual aid, actively work against competitive forms of growth, and who formulate anti-capitalist methods and strategies around worker ownership, peer-to-peer, gift economies, cooperatives, community-governance, financial justice, and climate justice reform.

Parallel Economies, curated by Suzanne Carte, will be the part shown at the AGB and will explore emerging and established parallel economies, radical new forms of production and alternatives to the ways in which industrial sectors exploit resources and workers, including Justseeds, Christina Battle, GUDSKUL, Derya Akay, Gendai Gallery, Jen Delos Reyes, Gabrielle O’Hirondelle Hill, and community members such as the craft guilds of the region, gardeners, historians, and students of the School of Labour Studies at McMaster.

The AGB is also hosting an opening event on Saturday August 27th in the afternoon and Works-in-Progress has been invited to host a swap or free-material market in the space. There will also be a family-parade hosted by Clay and Paper Theatre downtown, open studios, Justseeds silkscreen demos and banner-making, food, and drink.

We will be coordinating more collaborative bunting making - August work party, anyone?

Back-to-school SWAPS 
September 2022 Dates TBD
We will be co-hosting TWO back to school Clothing Swaps in Spetember- in Davisville Village and in Moss Park... we just need to nail down dates.  We will send out a SWAP newsletter as soon as we confirm dates and details, but start putting aside your Fall/Winter clothes now!  We donated a few bags of Spring clothes to our friends at Double Take Thrift Store in response to a call out. 

These swaps will include adult clothes.

Asking for a friend:
sewists needed to help with a Midtown Toronto textile art project 

Forget Me Project - 215 Hearts Pilot Project Join Us

Hi, my name is Suendrini and I am an up cycled textile artist based out of the Yonge and Eglinton area and this is my project. I dreamed of the Forget Me Project (FMP) last May and now it has become our project over the past year. I invite you to consider joining us as there are aspects of this project that still could use more of your participation.

A number of Ontarians from this wide community and beyond have already created individual and beautiful heart artworks from the up cycled fabric kits I have provided over the past year, of the 215 hearts I am aiming for. 

https://esgunited.org/forget-me-project/

However, we still have about 15 to be completed. As well, of the majority of completed hearts, small fabric shoes, which have already been pinned down onto the individual hearts, need to be sewn.

So I am seeking passionate sewers for this two pronged challenge! 

For the 15 hearts, I provide the kits and the instructions for the simple process of “mending the broken hearts” that will represent the 215 children's graves that were discovered at the Kamloops residential school site.

And, for the majority of the completed hearts with the pinned shoes, I am seeking interested parties to donate their skill and time to machine sew a few shoes down in a very simple manner. (see attached image)

We are presently working out the details to hold an exhibition of the final completed art installation to the public in one of the United Churches of Ontario, namely Eglinton St. George’s United Church. 

Before this, the Forget Me Project will present as art on stage at the Sandbanks Music Festival venue, which is in Prince Edward County, on Saturday, 17th September. This is the present deadline I am working toward. I must have all hearts fully completed before the end of this month so that I can focus on assemblage of the large art work well before the September due date.

I thought this might be an opportunity for sewing lovers to contribute to something meaningful on a most important subject, while enjoying the satisfaction of having helped in being part of creating something beautiful. 

If you are interested in joining us in these creative steps of the process, please feel free to contact me at suenforgetmeproject2021@gmail.com

I will be happy to answer any questions you may have and share more information on how we can move forward.

Sincerely, Suendrini 

Links

Works-in-Progress website
https://works-in-progress-collective.weebly.com/
City of Toronto grants
Waste Reduction Community Grant
Ontario Arts Council
Artists in Community and Schools grant
Building Roots/ Moss Park Market
Building Roots
Marnie Saskin
Marnie Saskin
Shams el-Din Rogers
Shams el-Din Rogers
Soledad Fatima Muñoz
https://soledadmunoz.com/
Anna Borstad
https://www.instagram.com/ambitious.seeds/
Bélgica Castro F
https://www.instagram.com/belgicacastrof/
Appletree group
 @dailyapple_to
Humber River Pals
@humberriverpals
Suendrini (Textile Artist)
suenforgetmeproject2021@gmail.com
Art Gallery of Burlington
https://agb.life/visit
Alex Verkade's show at Niagara Art Gallery
https://nac.org/windows-alex-verkade-andrew-finlay-stewart/
The Textile Museum of Canada
https://textilemuseum.ca/
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