The first workshop of the year at Branscombe was wonderful! Lots of folks stopped by to create beautiful paper houses, chat, have tea and cookies, and listen to records. I was especially intrigued to see the attention to detail that many people put into their creations, cutting intricate shuttered windows with tiny faces peeping out, adding upper stories, drawing hundreds of minuscule shingles, using collage elements to symbolize life histories and fantastical narratives, and constructing elaborate porches, turrets, gardens, chimneys, and even tentacles. I also loved everyone's excitement as they sat down and began digging through the paper ephemera collage materials, getting inspired and choosing what caught their eye.
This handmade, collaborative artwork will be exhibited at Doors Open Richmond in June. Presenting this collection of remembered and imagined homes together as a three-dimensional map will represent expanding the definition of a neighbourhood beyond those who live close by to include those who gather from near and far to be creative together.