Between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox, I built relationships with, and gently harvested, 29 varieties of plants in ‘sad spaces’ to create 45 distinct natural dyes, resulting in hundreds of shades of local colour. These are all documented and archived on this free community resource website.
The Botanical Reclamation project began in the summer of 2020. The project originated within the 41 acres of land on the old Lafarge quarry in Guelph. The first installation for this project happened at this site, with a flag mounted on signposts that once held the original proposal for the development of this land.
Bringing to the forefront the topic of soil remediation and the long-term ecological, social, and historical impacts of industrialization, these three artworks employ textiles, plants, and text to engage the public in thinking about what it means to care for our soil and in turn for our environment and each other.
COMMUNAL INTERVENTION: A CEREMONY IN DEFIANCE FOR THE PLANTS
Naturally dyed fabrics were pinned up by community members across the entrance to the former Lafarge Quarry, after more destructive construction work started on the site in August 2021. This gesture echoes the typical installation of orange ‘flags’ on telephone wires around construction sites, as a signal of caution and boundaries to trucks and other active machinery.