In fact, I had already been a grandmother for two years before I released my first CD!
My life experiences in love and loss and hope and healing are the fabric of my music. The style of my music has a distinctive flavor and it’s difficult to categorize, though you might say it’s pop/folk/singer-songwriter. My original songs share a universal understanding and emotional depth that appeal to a wide range of age groups.
she has not been able to come here. When I went there she was not at home.
So we are sending the vamps to this great project. Join us in your support….
“Walking With Our Sisters” A Commemorative Art Installation for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada
It is estimated that 600+ native women in Canada have gone missing or have been murdered in the last 20 years. Many have vanished without a trace with little to no concern paid by the media, the general public or politicians. This is a travesty of justice.
600+ moccasin tops are being created by hundreds of caring and concerned people to create one large collaborative art piece that will be installed for the public in various galleries and sites. They will be installed in a winding path of beaded vamps on cloth over a gallery floor. Viewers would need to remove their shoes to walk over the cloth and walk along the path.
The pairs of vamps (tops) will be returned to each artist after the install, so each pair would need the name of the artist on the back in order to return them.
Naturally the names of all the artist/contributors will be listed as the artists.
This project is about these women, paying respect to their lives and existence on this earth. They are not forgotten. They are sisters, mothers, daughters, cousins, grandmothers. They have been cared for, they have been loved, and they are missing.
NEW: A recording of traditional honour songs will also be created for the audio portion of the installation. A separate call to traditional singers anywhere in Turtle Island has gone out. See the poster under the “photo” tab of this group page for more info.
This “group” page is created so that there is a central forum for the contributing artists to communicate about this project.
I am a story teller. There are no words to express my devotion to the women in my life. Imagine if one of them were taken away from me in this horrible manner and then forgotten by my people.
After a midnight departure out of Grande Prairie, Alberta…..weary travelers are pampered at Calgary Alberta by the kindness of the security and customer relations department. I was blessed to be one of those. A 17 hour bus ride is a serenity tester for most anyone, let alone a senior laden with gifts from the north. Customer service, heart driven, is so appreciated and quite rare.
The volunteers make everything from bibs and change pads to mittens and dresses, relying entirely on donated fabric for the outfits.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” said Joey Farnsworth on how far Sewing for Kids has come.
She started the project in her basement 10 years ago with a couple of friends looking to get rid of extra cloth lying around the house.
“We recycle, reuse and hand along everything,” said Farnsworth. “There is extremely little waste.”
Once the finishing touches are made, the clothing is distributed by different charitable organizations in Grande Prairie.
“There’s no cost to anyone,” explained Lorena Ramsankar, who has been sewing with the organization for more than three years. “Social agencies zero in on the people who have the needs.”
It’s delicate work, but Ramsankar and the other volunteers feel it’s worth every minute of their time.
“It’s rewarding because at the end of the day we know we’re making life a little bit easier for many children,” she said.
“One of our goals is self-esteem and when a child wears clothing that is prettier than something they can pick off the rack, that contributes to their self-esteem.”
From humble beginnings in Farnsworth’s basement, Sewing for Kids has expanded to a team of more than 15 members. They have eight sewing machines, furniture to store it and piles of fabric waiting to be cut. But without any funding, Farnsworth said she is always looking for more.
“We want to keep this up until every child in Grande Prairie receives a minimum of one new outfit per year that’s never been previously worn,” she said.
“So as long as we have sewers and material, we’re going to keep providing.”
The group cuts, stitches and knits every Tuesday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Capstan Hauling building on 9511-154 Avenue.(Grande Prairie, Alberta Canada)