Friday, March 30, 2012

Vancouver Society of Storytelling

Vancouver Society of Storytelling ELEMENTAL: Fire

The Vancouver Society of Storytelling is hosting a series of storytelling workshop at the Moberly Arts and Culture Centre with grade 7 students from Trudeau elementary. Participants will share fire-related stories while learning the life cycle of certain herbs that, according to Ayurvedic medicine, have the tonifying and warming qualities of fire.
Vancouver Society of Storytelling ELEMENTAL: Fire

The Vancouver Society of Storytelling is hosting a series of storytelling workshop at the Moberly Arts and Culture Centre with grade 7 students from Trudeau elementary. Participants will share fire-related stories while learning the life cycle of certain herbs that, according to Ayurvedic medicine, have the tonifying and warming qualities of fire.

At the end of the story explorations, students will plant the ‘fiery’ herbs- in this case- onions directly into the cultural herb garden. The images here show the students in the garden deciding where to plant.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

In My Hands-installed at Sunset Community Centre

In My Hands was led by artist Jasna Guy and created by participants in the MACC Girls Club over the course of 3 workshops. The following 4 posts describe the process.






In My Hands will be on exhibition at the Sunset Community Centre- 6810 Main Street, Vancouver, BC from March 7 - April 7 2012. Please do stop by to view it.



In My Hands- MACC Girls Club- led by artist Jasna Guy











Each ‘hand portrait,’ was photographed in black and white. The enlarged images provided the basis for further elaboration through a variety of art materials. As part of the self-study process, the girls also engaged in idea gathering―some based on fun palm-reading and astrology, and some based on deeper reflection on their lives, their dreams and future plans. From this initial idea gathering, the girls chose descriptive words and phrases that they then added to their hand portraits, combining text with designs of their own making to create a personal artistic statement about who they are and how they see themselves at this point of their lives.



In My Hands- MACC Girls Club- led by artist Jasna Guy



Indispensable as tools, our hands quite literally speak volumes. We talk and gesture with our hands, adding passion and conviction to the messages we wish to communicate and the stories we want to tell. We borrow gestures from our cultures, from the people we encounter, from our friends, from our family members, from people we see in the media. We adapt the gestures to suit our special way of being and relating to people. The gestures become part of our bodily repertoire, perhaps as characteristic of our personality as the tone of our voice or the way we smile.
Approaching the hands from these perspectives, the girls of the MACC Girls’ Club were asked to think about a hand gesture that was characteristic or significant to them, in other words, to consider a hand gesture as a portrait that says something about themselves right now.



In My Hands- MACC Girls Club- led by artist Jasna Guy


MACC Girls Club had the pleasure to work with artist, Jasna Guy on a photo based project called. IN MY HANDS


The project displayed here explores ‘ hands’ as rich markers of identity and individuality. From the shape of the fingers to the texture of skin, from the beautiful and complex lines of the palm, to the intricate whorls on the tips of the fingers – all these are carriers of our uniqueness.