Mayor's Art Award for Craft and Design
Sharon Kallis is a community engaged environmental artist and committed life-long learner. Learning while teaching – and teaching while learning – Sharon partners with ecologists, gardeners, weavers and others with an interest in linking traditional hand technologies to what we can grow, gather and glean in our urban green spaces.
This “one mile diet” approach to sourcing art materials has led to experiments in bio-remediation through up-purposing invasive plants and park design with planting choices that foster community connection back to place, the seasons, and our shared pre-industry cultural traditions. The founding executive director of EartHand Gleaners Society, Sharon has worked extensively with Vancouver Park Board since 2008. Somehow Sharon also manages to make a few items for personal use with the skills and materials she has gathered along the way.
Rebecca Graham was born and raised in the Fraser Valley and worked as a tree planter and commercial artist in Northern BC. Interested in the interface of land and culture, she studied sciences and food systems at UBC and in Costa Rica, textile design in West Africa, and received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In the past 10 years, she has continued to study weaving techniques with masters such as Alastair Heseltine and Cheryl Samuel, and designed and led eco-art programming for festival goers, families, children, teachers, artists, andthe elderly.