We had another wonderful workshop last weekend with great attendance and plenty of enthusiasm. For the Archival Photo Shadowbox Workshop we used photos from the Richmond Archives as art materials to create thought provoking shadowboxes, each containing it's own story and link to the past of this place.
We had lots of archival photos on hand for participants to choose from. We also had two special guests in attendance: Christine, a volunteer from the Friends of the Richmond Archives, and Lori, an artist from Artists Rendering Tales Collective shared their resources and knowledge about Richmond's history, helping workshop participants learn about the backstories of the photos.
We used found objects and paper ephemera to build worlds around our photos.
I loved watching layers of imagery and meaning being created around each photo.
One workshop participant was inspired by a photo of a group of Indigenous fishermen. She used images of plants to indicate traditional net making materials:
Another participant had cherry blossoms on her mind, and was inspired by a family photo with a background of flowers:
This shadowbox represents the participant's appreciation for Steveston's diverse cultures:
Every single shadowbox engaged with local history in its own unique way:
A little found poetry is always a good idea:
Now that I am (mostly) through the walking of creating Walking Atlas, I am moving on to the mapping itself. Walking Atlas will be an interactive installation with handmade maps offered to participants to use as unexpected navigational guides to a familiar landscape. It is also a documentation of my own process of arrival as I explore and learn about this place that is my new home.
Here are a few sketches, corners, notes and snippets from my unconventional cartographic progress.