Presented by: HeartHand Gleaners Society
The project weaves together First Nations gathering traditions, early settler agricultural methods and contemporary environmental practices through shared investigations for urban cloth production. It will involve DTES residents in processing flax and milkweed crops at Hastings Urban Farm; processing the plants into spun fibre that will be dyed with pollinator plant green waste from the farm, and waxing the fibre with beeswax from the neighbouring rooftop hives. Meanwhile, dance workshops will lead to the creation of choreography that celebrates agricultural rhythms and is based on fibre processing movements. The dance performance will be a part of the final multidisciplinary celebration/performance at Hastings Urban Farm in spring 2015.