Slowing down and becoming reacquainted with the land, we can measure time biologically, from the green to gold of flax over a season, or the decay of a willow fence over years. We can measure our skills and perseverance against our forebears. We can acknowledge our cultural dissonance: how much we love nature, how little we know it, and how we can’t live outside technology.
Since 2014 I’ve been the Artistic Director of the EartHand Gleaners Society. My work as the AD of EartHand involves programming and vision work with the Executive Director, Sharon Kallis; as well as website development, newsletters and other marketing. I’ve been an instructor at both ends of the age spectrum, from Arts Umbrella to seniors’ residences; have been a presenter at festivals of many kinds; and have also had the privilege of working under other artists on their projects. It’s a gift to have all these experiences with people I respect and admire.
Rebecca Graham is a weaver and artist of mixed northern European ancestry, and the third generation of her family in Coast Salish Territory. She studied in environmental ethics and agriculture at the University of British Columbia and abroad and holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Rebecca explores the relationship between ourselves, other species and the land through flax for linen, woven structures, and hide tanning. Rebecca has been the artistic director of the EartHand Gleaners Society since 2014. In 2016, she was the recipient of a Mayor’s Art Award as the Emerging Artist in Craft and Design.