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This Saturday Marks The First Ever Craft Pride Procession

Interview by Emily Smith Featuring Aja from The Textile Group

This Saturday, August 6th at Noon, meet at Thornton Park (at Main and Terminal) to participate in the first ever Craft Pride Procession. The event is put on by a group of textile artists – known as the Textile Group, who were inspired to show their crafting pride – and invite anyone to participate in this event!


See the route:


1. What exactly is a “Craft Pride Procession” – and how did you come up with the idea?

Image: via Lacey Jane Roberts


I don’t think we will know what a Craft Pride Procession is until it happens. To my knowledge, this is the first! The inspiration came from a piece of writing by artist Lacey Jane Roberts that was presented at the Neo-Craft Conference in Nova Scotia and is also featured in a new book titled “Extra/ordinary; Craft and Contemporary Art”. Her ideas suggest that Craft – as a creative process and as a diverse myriad of makers – could learn a thing or two from tactics utilized in Queer theory to “acknowledge stereotypes, flip them and then subvert them to form new models of identity.” Craft as a term is defined in so many disparate ways, some of them informed solely by negative misperceptions. This procession is our way of creating agency, our own representation and celebration of our selves, our practices and diverse communities, while paying homage to the influence of Queer culture, esp. Pride Parades.


2. What would you recommend people bring to the event? Should we bring projects that we’re working on, or costumes that we’ve made? Can you give me some examples of what you have in mind for the event?


We have a list of ideas started, but we hope it’s only the beginning of what is possible. Anything you can carry, wheel or wear in parade is acceptable. If you think it’s crafty, it is! Here’s our list so far:

Giant ball of yarn, Shrine, Works in progress, Sock on a pole, Decorate your bicycle, Hair wrap, Zipper covers, Headbands, Mascots, Decorated dolly/float, fort, Fabric ribbons/streamers, Banners, Flags, Bunting, Maypole, Costumes, Crocheted shorts, Wrapping Cars in textiles, Handmade instruments, Quilts on a dowel, Weavings, Yarn garlands, Chalk/pigment, Tape, Prayer Flags, Conkers, Craft beer, Witchcraft, Non-conventional material.




image: via Lacey Jane Roberts



3. What’s your overall goal or mission in putting together this event?


To have fun! To create an exciting, inspiring event that shows the unconstrained energy of this elusive and extensive creative practice! To celebrate the ways in which we connect and the ways in which we differ from one another! To share our labours of love and brighten up the place with our endless creativity!


4. Will there be music or singing? Should I bring my boombox/stereo/piccolo?


image: via mrmarkrobson



We would love to have sounds! All kinds are welcome. What’s a parade without music? Maybe we will come up with a chant… I was thinking, “Make Lovecraft, Not Warcraft”.


5. Can you tell me a bit about your experience in the arts as well as crafting circles in Vancouver? How would say a crafting group differs from an arts group – and what’s your vision in overlapping the arts with crafts?


I live with a foot in both worlds and I no longer try to cut myself in half in order to choose which is which. I identify as an artist and I use some materials traditionally deemed craft. I know that those lines are not always clear and it suits me. I am more interested in challenging definitions than creating them. In doing all this, my hope is that people will become more free to make the kind of art/craft/work they feel called to, without concern of being marginalized by people/groups/institutions with limiting ideas.



Help Fund An eatART project with KickStarter

Did you get a chance to check out the 8-legged walking spider this year at Maker Faire Vancouver? Well, the organization that put that project together is moving forward full steam on another project – which will be a giant moving snake.

Charlie Brinson from eatART has put together a kickstarter campaign to help fund his most recent creation, Titanaboa. Want to see a giant snake in Vancouver in the near future? Charlie needs your help! Check out his video below and learn more.





Learn more on KickStarter.


Futurist Inventors to Converge in Vancouver

More than 1,000 futurists from around the globe will meet in Vancouver this July (8-10) to discuss sustainability, technology, entrepreneurship, and the quickly changing future of the human race at WorldFuture 2011, the annual conference of the World Future Society.



In addition, WorldFuture 2011 will feature the first ever Futurists: BetaLaunch (F:BL) a technology and innovation “petting zoo” where participants can get up close and personal with new start ups and inventions that could change the way we live. Registration is open to the public. (


“This year, we had over 60 excellent submissions for Futurists: BetaLaunch and could accept a handful of entries,” said Lisa Donchak, Google associate and one of the F:BL judges. “We were surprised and impressed by the quality of each submission.… We hope WorldFuture 2011 attendees enjoy getting up close and personal with the final selections. We’ll be exhibiting a phenomenal range of inventions, big and small,” she said in a taped segment, available on the Futurists: BetaLaunch Web site.




Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of MAKE, and general manager of the Maker Media division of O’Reilly Media, Inc. will speak at the WorldFuture 2011, the annual conference of the World Future Society to be held in Vancouver from July 8-10th. Dougherty helped found O’Reilly Media, Inc. with Tim O’Reilly. Dougherty was developer and publisher of Web Review, the online magazine for Web designers. “MAKE Magazine brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. MAKE is loaded with exciting projects that help you make the most of your technology at home and away from home. We celebrate your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will,” according to the company’s Web site.



Dale Dougherty on TED:



Etalim Inc.




Etalim Inc., a startup company in Vancouver, Canada, is developing a totally new type of device that can generate electricity from any fuel or heat source (including sunlight, gas or biomass) with extraordinary efficiency, simplicity and reliability.  Imagine a small “engine”, the size of a soccer ball, that operates at 50% efficiency, can be manufactured for $0.20 per Watt and can run maintenance-free forever.  This technology will be highly disruptive to several markets including residential cogeneration and large-scale solar power. The scientists and engineers behind Etalim come from one of BC’s most successful tech stalwarts, Creo Inc. Etalim’s technology stems from some recent advances in thermoacoustic physics at Los Alamo

Contact: Ron



SeaSteading Institute, one of the BetaWatch entries.


“The Seasteading Institute was founded in 2008 by Patri Friedman, grandson of economist Milton Friedman. We have received wide media coverage, including stories by CBS Sunday Morning, the UK’s Sunday Times, Wired magazine, and many more. As of December 2010, we have raised over $1,000,000, with funding led by Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and first investor in Facebook.

Our mission is to further the long-term growth of the seasteading movement. Our current focus is on enabling the success of the first seasteads by researching the critical engineering, legal, and business problems, increasing public awareness, and building a core seasteading community.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA.”



Maker Faire Success!


Learn more about how the whole process of hosting the event unfolded on