Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Research Links, Embroidery

Friday, January 25, 2019

Ribbon Trees

Ribbon trees are much more than just pieces of fabric tied to trees.  The ribbons and cloths are actually offerings back to the earth.
Ribbon trees are appearing more frequently in Jasper National Park, placed by Indigenous communities that have historic ties to this landscape.  Swatches of colourful broadcloth, known as prints, are tied to trees (most often aspen) usually following a sweatlodge or pipe ceremony conducted by members of First Nations groups.
Prints are deeply personal and represent the prayers, hopes and aspirations of participants. At the beginning of the ceremony, the participant presents neatly folded prints to the sweat keeper or pipe holder.  The prints are received and blessed and remain either at the keeper’s side or in the case of the sweat lodges, they festoon the willow interior of the turtle, like a willow structure, until the ceremony is over. Afterwards, it is customary to leave these cloth prints tied to a tree due east of the ceremonial site to weather and eventually disintegrate as the energy from the prints is sent to the Creator.
Different coloured cloths represent the four cardinal directions as well as earth elements: water, sun, wind, rain, thunder and lightning. Many practitioners of native spirituality are able to decipher the meaning of so called ribbon trees by merely observing the array of colours.
The majority of ribbon trees found throughout Jasper’s Three Valley Confluence are believed to be placed by communities whose ancestors previously used these lands before they became part of Jasper National Park in 1907. Many of these communities participate in the Jasper Indigenous Forum and some have formal agreements for access and medicinal plant collection with Jasper National Park.
Because of the need for privacy for certain ceremonies, ribbon trees tend to appear in remote areas. If you happen to see or come across ribbon trees please keep in mind they are sacred.  They are also a positive and important sign in a long term, evolving process of reconciliation with our Indigenous people, who have ties to the landscape.  Parks Canada asks that everyone respect any ribbon tree sites they encounter and leave them as they are found.
The agency is committed to ensuring that interpretive materials and activities at all national parks are respectful of Indigenous traditions, cultures and contributions to Canada’s heritage. June is an important month for Indigenous peoples leading up to National Aboriginal Day celebrations on June 18.  The Simpcw First Nation, the People of the North Thompson River, will be the host nation for the annual event in Jasper National Park on June 18th.
Parks Canada
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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Indigo Installation, Japan, January 2018

Honored to have been part of this global collaboration that exposes our relationship with cloth during a particular time and place. 

Project led by Rowland Ricketts, Associate Professor at Indiana, Bloomington and Manager of Ricketts Indigo. Installed Tokushima, Japan. 

Studio C Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, February 2018



2018 Annual All Women Artist Group Exhibition

Saturday, February 10th 2018
- Opening Reception for the Artists (6 – 9pm)
- Caroline Haydon – Video Wall Projection Performance 7:00 to 7:30 pm
- Aleksandra Karpowicz – Special Screening: “Definition of Sex” (8 -8:45)

My piece, Trophy, was selected for exhibition. 

Link here to see work on gallery website.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Voyage, Solo Show, Mercer University, 2014

I see maps and charts as precious objects – a portable source of information needed to find the way.  Items obtained on the journey are collected, documented and displayed.  I feel some sort of comfort in the fact that we are constantly documenting, keeping track of what we do.  The past is recorded and there is a continuous cycle of discovering it.  

Various media, installed on the wall. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Tips on how to organize a yarn bomb