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Paperback – 288 pages
8 Inches × 9 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 639 Grams
BISAC: NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865717787
Pub. Date: 2014-11-01

About the Author

Sharon Kallis

Sharon Kallis is a Vancouver artist who specializes in working with unwanted natural materials. Involving community in connecting traditional hand techniques with invasive species and garden waste, she creates site-specific installations that become ecological interventions. Through her work, Sharon has engaged with groups and studied plants and techniques across North America, as well as in Central America and Europe. Some of her recent projects include leading The Urban Weaver Project, Aberthau: flax=food+fibre, and working closely with fiber artists, park ecologists, First Nations basket weavers and others.

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Common Threads

Weaving Community through Collaborative Eco-Art

by Sharon Kallis



Disposing of unwanted natural materials can be expensive and time-consuming, or it can present a tremendous opportunity for creating collaborative eco-art. Invasive species control, green waste management, urban gardening and traditional crafts can all be brought together to strengthen community relationships and foster responsible land stewardship. Simple, easily taught, creative techniques applied with shared purpose become the modern-day equivalent of a barn raising or a quilting bee.

Common Threads is a unique guide to engaging community members in communal handwork for the greater good. Author Sharon Kallis provides a wealth of ideas for:

  • Working with unwanted natural materials, with an emphasis on green waste and invasive species
  • Visualizing projects that celebrate the human element while crafting works of art or environmental remediation
  • Creating opportunities for individuals to connect with nature in a unique, meditative, yet community-oriented way.

Combining detailed, step-by-step instructions with tips for successful process and an overview of completed projects, Common Threads is a different kind of weaving book. This inspirational guide is designed to help artists and activists foster community, build empowerment and develop a do-it-together attitude while planning and implementing works of collaborative eco-art.

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