Thank you to everyone who came out to our workshops and Open Tent event. We had a great time.
If you’re interested in volunteering with Sustainable Cycles to help put on events like these in the future, send us an email at sustainablecycles [at] gmail.com. We’d be thrilled to have new perspectives on our team!
Join us at the Queen Street Commons (43 Queen St. S, Kitchener) anytime between 6 and 10 tonight. We’ll have door prizes, snacks, some crafts and DIY activities, and of course all of the art and talent we’ve been highlighting over the past few weeks. This is an event you won’t want to miss!
Today we introduce a few more visual artists whose work you can expect to see at Saturday’s Open Tent.
Jana is a self taught visual vomiter who enjoys expressing the relationships between womyn and plants, our bodies and the wild as well as the wild taking back the city. Her work is expressed in many mediums- from sculpture to felt to bead work to charcoal, paint, wood and mud.
Look forward to a ginormous painting entitled “great mother of my mouth- come to me”.
Catherine is a dreamer working on being a doer. She is inspired by the beauty and magic of the world around us and within us and by the kindness and capability we all hold. She is especially strengthened by the women in her life and those who have come before her. She uses the process and practice of art to step out of her anxiety and into her personal power, and is excited to share a few of her pieces in the Open Tent.
Hello on our first official day of workshops! This is going to be a fantastic week! Just to recap, the week’s schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, January 7 – 6:30-9pm – Consent & Cyclical Bodies (workshop – 53 William St. W)
Wednesday, January 8 – 6:30-9pm – DIY Reusable Pad Making & Fertility Charting (workshop – 53 William St. W)
Thursday, January 9 – 6:30-9pm – Medicine Making for a Whole Cycle (workshop – 53 William St. W)
Friday, January 10 – 6:30-9pm – Exploring Experiences of Menstruation (With Artistic Catharsis) (workshop – 53 William St. W)
Saturday, January 11 -5:15-6:15pm – Yoga for Menstruation (PWYC class – Queen Street Yoga – 44 Queen St. S)
Saturday, January 11 - 6 -10pm – Open Tent (conclusion event – Queen Street Commons – 43 Queen St. S)
Today we are going to highlight a few of the visual artists that will have work displayed on Saturday night. (This event just keeps getting better!)
Zoe Miller Zoe Miller is a locally recycled soul who stares wide-eyed and wondering at the Wild Mother, her activist, educational and other mind-expanding pursuits in keeping. As a queer pagan European settler, anti-colonial, feminist, and environmental justice resistance are her most current and repeating involvements in community struggle. She urges herself and others to see any political struggle as continually complicated and opaque, allowing our actions to meld together through intense respect for identity and lived experience. Zoe is a 5th year student at the University of Waterloo currently working on completing an undergraduate thesis. Her scholarly interests focus on historical and contemporary witch persecution and the subsequent ties to gender, race, and colonial/capitalist conquest as well as rebellions led by female-identified community and spiritual leaders in the face of imperial oppression. Art has always inspired her as a way to actively reconstruct bodies, experiences, locations and histories.
Ashley Annis Our first out-of-towner! Ashley was so excited about our event that she has sent in an art piece all the way from Oklahoma to be featured at the Open Tent. We’re thrilled to get the chance to work with Ashley long-distance and start building a broader community.
A modern day Xochiquetzal (goddess of fertility, female sexual power, pregnancy, childbirth and household crafts), Ashley uses her knowledge and passion to educate and empower women at all stages of life. Along with natural birth control classes and selling handmade menstrual pads, Ashley also aspires to work as a birth doula, lead feminine healing retreats and young women’s circles, and become an expert on herbal healing. Check out her website and facebook at:
The contributor we’re meeting today is a multi-talented member of our community. She will be sharing both visual art and spoken word poetry at our Open Tent event.
Beth Murch Beth Murch (B.A. Hons., MA, CD) is a full-spectrum doula and independent placenta service provider, who specializes in assisting survivors of sexual assault and birth trauma to have empowering birthing and breastfeeding experiences. A passionate activist, Beth has lectured extensively on issues involving reproductive justice and childbirth as an environmental issue. She is an author, spoken word artist, and an enthusiastic performer who draws upon themes of sexuality, nature, spirituality, Feminism through her literary craft. She’s sharing some original spoken word poetry, placenta prints and a painting at the Open Tent Celebration. Beth can be reached at beth.murch [at] gmail.com
Today we meet some of the tablers you can expect to find at the Open Tent event.
Cocos Nucifera Cocos Nucifera manufactures handmade, organic and natural body care products. An alternative route to modern day cosmetics.
“We are dedicated to providing Natural Body Care products with a Consciousness. In every process we try to be as Environmentally efficient as possible, using only Natural, and when possible, Organic ingredients; we re-use our glass containers; and we promote a Sustainable Standard of Living.” http://www.cocosnucifera.ca/
Ravensdottir Runes “The rune-staves we create are made from locally harvested windfall or sustainably cut. We do not use wood-burning tools to carve the runes into the staves, as this practice can influence the potency and integrity of the runes themselves. We utilize as many traditional methods as possible, preserving the ancient art of rune-carving. We offer resources to rune readers to assist them in making, consecrating, reading and using their runes to their fullest potential.
We also produce natural herbal remedies, using herbs that are ethically sustainably grown, and are working towards using only those that we grow ourselves. No fillers, preservatives, parabens, PABA, or other toxins are used in the creation of these remedies. Using traditional methods and recipes is important to us. We want to help people re-connect with the old wisdom that has been forgotten. All ingredients we use are listed. We are passionate about empowering people to heal themselves.” http://www.ravensdottirrunes.com/
Today we’d like to introduce you to some folks who will have zines available at our Open Tent event.
A zine is usually a non–commercial, non professional publication. It exists to help the creator express, and to share information, ideas, and perspective on a particular topic. Zines are usually made out of interest and passion and are often self-published by the writer/artist/creator. Since the invention of the photocopy machine, zine-making has been one most popular forms of independent publishing, especially in underground communities.
The Deadly Nightshades You may remember this duo from our musicians category. They run a feminist zine distro carrying DIY (doo it yrself) zines on reclaiming body/land knowledge and building healthy relationships outside the logick of capitalism, colonialism, patriarchy and other such bullshit.
Paula Plater-Galloway is a Montreal artist, cultural worker & creativity coach now based in Stratford, Ontario. She has been making zines since 1998 and has run the Fun is Free Press zine distro since 2006. On January 11th she will be tableing two of her zines: “Full Cycle: from menstruation to ovulation and every single change in between, before & after” and “Creative Flow: blockprints for stories about menstruation – 8 contributors”.
Check her out at www.funisfreepress.blogspot.com
Check back every few days, as we highlight some of the amazing creative contributors for our Open Tent event on Saturday, January 11.
Today we are highlighting some musical talent you can hope to see at the event.
The Deadly Nightshades The Deadly Nightshades are two anxiety heroes who run a feminist (maga)zine distro. They also play interactive music with bike parts, cans and acoustic instruments about the forgotten wild ones.
Expect the following: dinosaurs! fairies! gnomes! glitter!
Richard Garvey Richard lives in Kitchener and plays folk music.
Richard Garvey’s voice will melt you deep into your seat with a sigh of relief. Then he’ll wake you up with his positive upbeat acoustic folk music and inspire you to sing-along with all your heart in the chorus! Richard Garvey is Kitchener’s hardest working folk/roots musician dedicated to building community through music. His down-to-earth and genuine voice echoes a generation of youth that longs for environmental justice and social change. He has shared songs and stories at rallies, markets, festivals, bars, and soft-seated venues. Comparisons to Pete Seeger and David Francey are frequently made, and he has opened for Juno Award nominee Craig Cardiff and Juno Award Winning Old Man Luedecke. He has released four self-produced albums, has gone on four Canadian tours, and two tours around Ontario entirely via bicycle!