Thank you to everyone who joined us for Perfect Strangers at Richmond Culture Days this weekend!
Part walking tour, part platonic blind date, and part social experiment, Perfect Strangers is a delightfully quirky way to meet new people. Participants are paired up and embark on a walk in the neighbourhood, navigating together through a curated journey of questions, conversations, games, and challenges. Perfect Strangers is a one-of-a-kind experience that invites consideration of how we perceive strangers in the world around us and the potential for curiosity, creativity, and empathy to spark between people who might not otherwise meet.
I was excited to bring a more experimental project to Branscombe House, and it was great to see so many participants willing to engage and connect with each other. Created in collaboration with June Fukumura, Cindy Mochizuki, Sophia Wolfe, & Daniel O’Shea, this was out first public showing of the project and we are excited to continue its development.
This project concludes the second phase of my residency, which has focused on themes of connection, and disconnection between neighbours and community members, investigating how we can use art and creativity to bridge gaps to create positive interactions.
Thank you to all artists who came out on this rainy afternoon to create postcards! We had such a fabulous turn out that we were running out of places at the table!
At this workshop we created unique postcards to send to our loved ones. We used images of Richmond as art materials to make beautiful collages that illustrate this place we call home, to send to dear ones near and far. As usual, I was impressed and inspired by the diversity and creativity of each art work which was produced. Many participants let their imagination run wild and created fantastical and funny collages:
The "Harpy Queen of Richmond":
This postcard features a unique unfolding flap feature:
The combination of photos of a familiar landscape and bold graphic graphic collage elements was very striking.
We had postage stamps on hand so the postcards could be mailed! I myself LOVE receiving snail mail, so I'm excited to think about all the lucky recipients of the these postcards. Finding a beautiful, handmade work of art in the mailbox is sure to brighten anyone's day. Mailing the postcards extends the reach of this project around the world.
Many participants created personalize postcards with specific recipients in mind:
This postcard is on its way to the artist's grandparents in Australia, inviting them to visit Garry Point Park:
Of course I loved this one: