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Bee-Decking the Meadow: A Community Eco-Art Installation

Join artist Jaymie Johnson to create sculptural works evoking bumblebee nests to be installed on Kelowna’s Public Art Pollinator Pasture.  Learn about harvesting local materials, make rope and coiled forms as contribution to the community installation, and meet new neighbours at the newly established Pollinator Pasture. Come and go as you please. Picnic dinners are encouraged. These outdoor events are open-air and weather dependent. Please check the forecast. If in doubt, call 778-840-8911. Bring sunhats, sunscreen, and water as required.

On August 4th, a small group of people harvested nettle from Curly Frog Farm and processed it into fibre.  It is drying and will be ready to use to thread together lovely sculptural forms. YOU are invited to attend the upcoming Free Work Bees to learn skills with local, natural materials.

This project at the Brent’s Grist Mill Heritage Park pasture is inspired by Jaymie’s work with mentoring artist Sharon Kallis at the Richmond Pollinator Pasture in 2016. In collaboration with Border Free Bees and EartHand Gleaners Society, this event series is presented by the University of British Columbia Okanagan, in partnership with Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the City of Kelowna.

WorkBee Series: Eco-Fibre Processing Circles
At Brent Grist Mill Heritage Park Pollinator Pasture

WorkBee 2 – Pine Needle: Coil
Tuesday, Aug 29 · 6:00–8:00pm
Learn to coil pine needles using stinging nettle fibre as thread.
Special displays and live music with Kelowna Museum Society and Parks Alive.

WorkBee 3 – Wild Grasses: Material Inquiry and Technique
Wednesday, Aug 30 · 6:00–8:00pm
Harvest, process, and learn about wild grasses.
Guest: Sharon Kallis

WorkBee 4 – Nettle: Harvest and Process
Thursday, Aug 31 · 6:00–8:00pm
Harvest, process, and create cordage out of stinging nettle.
Guest: TBA

WorkBee 5 – Weekend Intensive: Playful Discovery
Saturday, Sept 2 · 9:30am–12:30pm
Playfully create coiled bumblebee ‘pots’.
Guest: artist and natural sculptor Annabel Stanley

WorkBee 6 – Weekend Intensive: Playful Discovery
Sunday, Sept 3- 9:30am  -12:30 pm
Playfully create coiled bumblebee ‘pots.’
Guest: singer/songwriter Leila Neverland

Final Celebration!
Monday, Sept 4 · 10:00am–12:30pm
Join us in celebrating the installation of this community project!
Local refreshments will be served.
Guest: singer/songwriter Maiya Robbie.

Site Information

Be prepared for uneven ground and exposure to sun and heat. There is no water access or washroom on site. Please bring drinking water and appropriate sun protection. A shade tent will be provided.

Getting There

Location: Brent’s Grist Mill Heritage Park, 2136 Leckie Pl, Kelowna, BC

Take a bus to Orchard Park Mall, walk north on Dilworth three blocks (or take bus #3 and get off at Mill Creek Linear Park stop)
Use the Rails with Trails bike path from Spall to Dilworth along Mill Creek, or along Mill Creek Linear Park; turn north on Dilworth, over Mill Creek – pasture is on the left.
Park on Leckie near the corner of Dilworth; walk north along Dilworth, over Mill Creek – pasture is on the left.

Artist Bios

JAYMIE JOHNSON is an interdisciplinary artist who uses a variety of media to explore the connection between art, ecology, and community, including printmaking, sculpture, and plant and earth materials through fibre processing and community engagement. Since graduating with a BFA from Emily Carr University in 2015, she has worked on numerous community and environmental public art projects as a member of the chART Collective and as Project Assistant with Border Free Bees. In 2016 she apprenticed with eco-artist Sharon Kallis in blackberry fibre use, cordage processing, and community engagement methods. Jaymie is from the West Kootenays and is currently based in Vancouver, BC.

SHARON KALLIS discovers the inherent material potential in a landscape with
a “one mile diet” approach to sourcing art materials. Involving community in connecting traditional hand techniques with invasive species and garden waste, site-specific installations become ecological interventions. Based in Vancouver BC, Sharon has engaged with communities at home, the U.S., Ireland, Mexico and Spain. Sharon is the founding director of EartHand Gleaners Society, an arts-based non-profit that develops community projects that support makers being producers without first being consumers. Sharon’s book, Common Threads: Weaving Community through Eco-art, is published by New Society Publishers and is a field guide to ‘making with others’ with what you find close at hand.

ANNABEL STANLEY has her own vineyard in the Central Okanagan, from which she uses the vines and other natural fibres to weave her baskets and sculptures.

LEILA NEVERLAND, singer and songwriter, creates original percussive ukulele tunes, infused with poetry about resilience, the earth, love, and change.

MAIYA ROBBIE, singer and songwriter, has folk stylings and avant-garde leanings blended with vocal prowess. “Her ability lies in being able to pierce through the surface to a place of poetic authenticity.”


Photo by Geoff Campbell.

5 thoughts on “What’s New

  1. This is a most refreshing approach to a difficult issue. Please remain and fortify your organization. Connect with similar movements which are emerging albeit with less of an inclusive artistic bent and flourish!

  2. Glad to be part of this. I appreciated the opportunity to participate in the film screening via Skype. And it felt good to receive appreciation for the puppet activism pieces I’ve help create through Haidawood. Haw’aa (thanks).

  3. BeeWorkers!
    The Pollinating lectures and workshops over these last months have been enriching and wonderfully educational! I am excited about the upcoming exhibit & participating in the pollinator research with the Insight database!

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