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JUNE 2010, Flag Iris and the pond Canoe, made in 2008 with Community using English Ivy pulled from Stanley Park with Stanley Park Ecology Society.

photo be Derek Irland

The start of the NEST project. BC Arts Council and CACV supported a community project weaving the first forms made on Earth day 2010 with Red Osier Dogwood harvested on site with Park Board assistance. These forms will be placed in the pond as further bird perching and potential nesting locations.

photo credit Derek Irland

impromptu performance with the three forms before walking them home to store before installation in the pond….

Dogwood orbs in pond.

woven flag iris pieces made with women at the Downtown Eastside Womens Centre installed in the California Lilac tree by pond.

Joining woven strips made by many hands in to one piece for the tree installation.

Woven flag iris in tree

the woven flag iris from the lilac tree was moved by someone to the missing women memorial- I like this placement better then what I chose.

Ladies tea group: these are seeds from Marigold and pansies

While we drank tea and nibbled on fruit and cake we drew with dried flowers on the table

At the second tea party I attended we wove a large dogwood orb for placement in the mostly dead lilac tree.

The California Lilac has been “bonsai-ed” over the last several years, removing the dead branches- we further cut dead growth to help keep the rest of the tree healthy, and used existing cut branches as braces for the woven dogwood orbs that are now woven into the tree, re-creating a partial shade canopy for further bird perches and nesting spots.

Thanks to the Downtown Eastside Womens Centre, Oppenheimer Park Ladies Tea Group and Enterprising Women Making Art(EWMA) for assistance in weaving the forms, and to David Gowman for installation assistance and photo documentation!

Thank you to all of the community members who came out and helped in creating the memorial stone border.

Final Celebration and Tea Party August 29th

The Legion of Flying Monkeys Horn Orchestra, a local community band featuring  natural horns made by Mr. Fire-Man  played at the pavilion, the tea tent was up, our weather cooperated and bannock was served .

The amazing thing is,  for a band of 5- there were at many times 10 or more on stage as members of the community picked up horns, and it was pure magic. somehow it just worked.