From Foraging to Forging Communities

CLOSING RECEPTION/ARTISTS’ TALK AND DISPERSING ARTWORK INTO THE COMMUNITY ON SUNDAY, JULY 17th at 4PM

Satellite Project Space, 121 Dundas St, London

Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 2-7PM, Sat 12-9PM, Sun 1-5PM

Since June 27th local artists, Lynette de Montreuil and Gabriella Solti, have turned SATELLiTE Project Space into an active workshop of paper making, as part of their community engaged ecological art project, From Foraging to Forging Communities. In the last two weeks over 200 Londoners joined the artists in the many stages of paper making, starting with foraging walks then turning the collected grass and cottonwood into 935 sheets of handmade paper.

This week, July 13-17, the artists invite the public to create collaborative three dimensional sculptures with the handmade paper through stitching, weaving, sewing. The sculptures created will reflect each individual’s ideas of what community means and the installation will evolve throughout the week as more and more people participate. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to partake as this activity is suitable for all ages and abilities.

The project ends Sunday, July 17th with a closing reception and artists’ talk at 4PM. At the conclusion of the artists talk the artwork, brought to life by the community through collaborative labour, will be dispersed into the community.  Everyone is invited to participate in the de-installation of the artwork and take home handmade paper.

The artists have been documenting the project through daily blogging, which can be checked out at:  forgingcommunities.weebly.com

About the Artists

Lynette de Montreuil is a visual artist who holds an MFA from the University of Western Ontario. Her interdisciplinary practice includes indoor and outdoor artworks, comprising of natural prints, sculptures and handmade paper. Working with natural, unprocessed materials that are collected and grown locally, Lynette’s work is geographically and seasonally specific. Lynette has won numerous awards including the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarship and is an active community member sitting on the Forest City Gallery board. Her work has been exhibited across Canada in Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal, and Nova Scotia.

Gabriella Solti is a visual artist who holds an MFA from the University of Western Ontario.  Her multidisciplinary practice encompasses drawing, printmaking, book art, and accessible technology that explore the role and value of labour and skill in the formation of identity and community. Her award winning artist’s books have been exhibited in public galleries across Canada, US, and Europe. A tireless advocate for community building through art, her curatorial and public programming work was recognized by the prestigious British Columbia Arts Council Innovation Grant in 2012.

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The artists are grateful for the support of the London Arts Council, City of London, Satellite Project Space, Museum London and Western University Visual Arts Department. 

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From Foraging to Forging Communities

June 27-July 17, 2016

Satellite Project Space
121 Dundas St, London, N6A 1E8

Local artists, Lynette de Montreuil and Gabriella Solti invite the community to join them on foraging walks, then turn the foraged raw materials into paper at Satellite Project Space. The paper will be further transformed into voluminous forms through stitching, folding and weaving in collaboration with the public through a series of hands on workshops. All events and workshops are free and suitable for all ages and abilities.

Foraging/educational walks:

Monday June 27th, 6:30pm at the German Club, 1 Cove Road, London. Meet the artists in the parking lot at 6:30pm. 

Saturday July 2nd at 3pm with Jessica Robertson of Wild Craft Permaculture in the Carolinian Food Forest (in South Branch Park at the end of Dillabough Street)

Monday, July 4th at 7pm with Becky Ellis of Earth Magic Permaculture (meet on the field located at the end of Wyatt St just off Wharncliffe and Riverside). 

Through transforming plant materials into paper the artists illuminate the process, time and skill that it takes to create a sheet of paper. The project aims to cultivate an increased appreciation not only of London’s ecological heritage, its flora and vegetation, but also the value of collaborative labour.  

Follow Satellite Project Space on Facebook or check their website for a detailed schedule of upcoming foraging walks, paper making and paper sculpture workshops:  https://www.facebook.com/SatelliteProjectSpaceLDN/      https://satelliteprojectspace.com

Hours:       Wednesday – Friday, 2-7PM,  Saturday, 12-6PM
Additional hours:     Saturday, July 16, 12-9PM,  Sunday, July 17, 1-5PM

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The artists are grateful for the support of the London Arts Council, City of London, Satellite Project Space, Museum London and Western University Visual Arts Department.