We had many enthusiastic visitors to our yarn bombing pop-up table at Mt Pleasant Park Festival!
Lots of beautiful pom-poms were created. Some visitors stayed for over an hour to make five or more pom-poms each. It was a pom-pom marathon!
Participants were given the option to donate their pom-pom to our yarn-bombing project, or to take their creation home with them. A few awesome artists took the idea one step further by yarn bombing themselves!
At the end of the evening, we gathered up all the pom-poms we had collected to create a yarn bombing installation next to the park. As we hung up our installation, we were greeted by cries from nearby festival goers of, "Look! They're making art!"
What a delightful evening! Thank you to everyone who pom-pomed with us!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our guerilla art workshop yesterday! It was such a fun and inspiring experience to collaborate with all of the participants. Guerilla art is a playful way of brightening and animating the local neighbourhood. It is an art process which involves installing anonymous and mysterious artworks in public areas to intrigue and delight unsuspecting members of the public. Like random acts of kindness, guerilla art has the potential to create magical exchanges between strangers and make our neighbourhood a more interesting and lovely place to live.
The workshop stated out inside at the community centre with three stations set up offering different options for mini guerilla art projects. One station had collage and drawing materials to create bookmarks, with the intention of installing them at Mt Pleasant Library for library visitors to discover as little gifts.
Many beautiful bookmarks were created, including some with found poetry!
Another station featured pom-pom making supplies to create mini yarn bomb installations. This station was led by our friend Dierdre, a local yarn bombing artist who we met when she attended our Creative Neighbourhood Mapping Workshop. When we learned that Dierdre has expertise in yarn bombing we knew she would be a perfect guest facilitator at this workshop.
Dierdre even brought in a cat brush and showed us how to use it to make super fuzzy pom-poms!
At the third station we had loonies and supplies to write messages to fold up and tape onto them for lucky members of the public to find. It was lovely to read all the kind and supportive messages that participants choose to write.
After we finished creating, we went for a walk together to install our guerilla art. We started at the library to drop off our bookmarks, then set out walking together in the direction of Dude Chilling Park.
As we walked we looked for places to leave our message loonies. It was thrilling to imagine who might find them!
We also brought along some googly eyes to make impromptu faces in the world around us.
These googly eyes perfectly complimented a little guerilla art face which was already on a garbage can!
When we reached the park, Dierdre told the group about her yarn bombing installation which is on a fence near the tennis courts. We then added our own pom-pom yarn bombing to the surrounding area.
One wonderful participant whipped up this crocheted butterfly to add to our collection!
Overall the workshop was an inspiring experience where each participant's creativity, humour, empathy, and playfulness shone. We headed back to the centre feeling like we had brightened up the days of many strangers in our neighbourhood.
We had a lovely time hanging out in the community centre lobby, sipping tea with visitors and chatting about our finished creative neighbourhood map!
Visitors were able to check out the many points of interest, personal histories, and secret attractions around Mount Pleasant collected on the map, as well chat with us and each other about their own experiences of the local landscape.
The work will be up at the centre for the next couple weeks, so make sure to check it out if you are in the neighbourhood!
Our final creative neighbourhood mapping workshop took place with participation from Mt Pleasant Community Centre's Youth Inspire Program. Together we added many new landmarks to our growing map, including a universally missed swimming pool which used to exist nearby in Mt Pleasant Park, local schools, a skate park, and a 7-Eleven which was once a slurpee hot-spot before it closed and was replaced by a new business.
As conversation turned to changes in the neighbourhood, youth programmer Diana was inspired to print out and bring in a graph showing the changing demographic of Mt Pleasant residents over the last 30 years. We noticed a steep incline in the average income of Mt Pleasant residents, as well as a drop in families with children, changes which we found intriguing and troubling.
Next up, we will compile all of the many diverse landmarks which our amazing participants have created and install the finished map in the lobby of the centre for community members to check out!
We had a small and lovely group of seniors join us for part two of Creative Neighbourhood Mapping!
This workshop was a little more loosely structured, with time for chatting and story telling over tea as well as a short walk to document landmarks.
Themes of changes happening in Mt Pleasant surfaced during our conversation, including valued businesses that have closed and the transforming landscape of the neighbourhood with many new condos and high rises appearing. One participant told us about a historic beaver pond that once lay where a local coffee shop is now, which sparked conversation and speculation about the paths of Mt Pleasant's creekways and inspired us to look up some historical photos of the neighbourhood (such as the gem below from the Vancouver Archives).
We also added landmarks for bargain thrift stores, big dreams for a future skytrain station, memories of delicious lunches, among many others. Our collaborative map is beginning to fill up with landmarks!
We had a great turn out for our first Creative Neighbourhood Mapping Workshop yesterday! We started at the community centre and discussed how each one of has our own unique perspective and experience of the local landscape: depending on our own personal histories, skill-sets, interests, and backgrounds, we notice different things in the world around us. For this workshop, we worked together to begin assembling a collaborative portrait of each of our experiences of the Mt Pleasant Neighbourhood.
We split up into small groups and went for exploration walks with the goal of choosing one or two landmarks each to bring back to the map. The choice of each landmark could be approached from a variety of angles: it could be a place we already knew or something just discovered, it could be a recommendation of somewhere to visit, a history of how a site has changed, or an idea for a future transformation. Once back at the centre, we added our landmarks to the collective map and planned the route for a walking tour of the locations we had all chosen.
We set out walking all together, stopping by many of the landmarks we had chosen. Each participant took turns being our tour guide, introducing their landmark and explaining why they had chosen it.
The landmarks were diverse and fascinating, including yarn bombing interventions, waterway shrines, secret back room cocktail bars, meaningful trees with medicinal properties, abandoned houses, hidden gardens, traces of a candy factory, and haphazard bird feeders, among many others.
We used a Polaroid camera to document our landmarks. These photos, along with participant's written descriptions of the landmarks, will be compiled and exhibited on our growing map. Next up we have two mapping workshops, one for Seniors, and one for Youth, to continue to add to our collaborative map before it is displayed in the centre's lobby for the public to check out.
Thank you to everyone who came! It was an inspiring and exciting day. We can't wait to see how the map continues to evolve!
Today we installed our beautiful guerilla pop-up installation on a telephone pole near Mount Pleasant Community Centre. Each petal of the paper flowers was created a community member at our Paint a Petal workshop. The colours, patterns and images on every petal reflect the unique artist who created it.
The unmistakably handmade, DIY nature of the installation activates the corner it inhabits with quirky and playful energy.
We hope this project will bring a little delight and colour to you if you pass the centre this week!
Our pop-up hands on art activity Paint a Petal was a huge success! We had a great turn out of kids and parents who were full of creativity and made a ton of beautiful petals.
I was a little uncertain how participants would react to being invited to leave their artwork behind for our upcoming art installation piece, rather than taking it home with them. To my pleasant surprise most parents and kids loved the idea of contributing their work to a collaborative project and enthusiastically donated their petals.
Stay tuned for updates on the beautiful guerilla art installation these petals are going to become!
Thank you for having us Bounce With Bunny!
Last week we had a wonderful meeting with the board of Mount Pleasant Community Centre to fill them in on some of our ideas and to hear their suggestions and learn about potential resources. The board also joined us in creating this delightful intervention which is currently installed in the community centre lobby.
We worked together to write compliments for strangers who use the centre. The compliments ranged from sweet and heartfelt to silly. We then tucked them inside this little mailbox and posted it on the bulletin board in the lobby, to add a little warmth and mystery to stranger's experience at the centre.
Live Walks is an interactive, live-streamed, scavenger hunt delivered to you through the convenience of your computer or mobile device. Using Facebook Live as our stage we broadcast a walking tour following clues to discover unique landmarks, overlooked corners, and unexpected beauty in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. Inspired by our ambivalent contemporary relationship to social media, Live Walks plays with live-streaming as a platform for performance and explores the idea of vicarious living, distance, intimacy, and audience participation in a digital world.
How audiences participated:
On February 9th at 10am Facebook audiences were invited to join Keely and June on their live-streamed scavenger hunt using the Facebook Live feature. Audience members were able to comment, share, like, and interact with us during the tour.