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being (t)here: in the field, mapping the poetics of place


  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC, V5L 3M3 Canada (map)

With India Flint

$895 [Includes $75 lab fee] class limit 16. Oct 25-Oct 29 (Wed-Sun) 10am-4pm.

“being (t)here” is an intensive site-specific philosophical practice, sifting the poetics of place through immersion in the local landscape. Each class is tailored to exploring its particular locality but also covers the fundamentals of bundle-dyeing on both textiles and paper. Though we work small, the techniques learned may be applied to larger projects when participants return to their own studios. Weather permitting, we spend time outside making experiential wanderings. Other work will take place indoors. 

Using cloth, stitch, paper, and locally gathered plant dyes (from weeds and windfalls) along with drawing, writing, mark-making, and paper-folding techniques (developed especially for the class), we build a series of small and intricate workbooks mapping the journey of our time together. We record our experiences through dyeing, drawing, and painting as well as through poetry and story, developing a vocabulary of marks from the landscape and gathering a rich resource of words and images to take forward into other work.  

The practice of “being (t)here” is a way of experiencing the whirled that finds the cracks that let the light get in no matter where you happen to be, offering a pathway for wandering whether you’re in a verdant forest, by a river somewhere, or in an urban wasteland.

India joins us from Australia.

India will also guide an event.

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In 2008, with the publication of her first book, Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles, India Flint brought a fresh new perspective to an ancient practice and rethought the entire dye process. Her book eloquently champions ecologically sustainable plant-based printing processes to give colour to cloth. When it first arrived on the scene, Eco Colour was both an eye-opener and a game-changer. Since then India has published Second Skin: Choosing and Caring for Textiles and Clothing and five additional titles exploring the connection between dyeing, wandering, cloth, and writing. India’s textiles have been exhibited internationally. www.indiaflint.com