The Art of Yarn Bombing

(Kay Niedermeyer)

By Kay Niedermeyer Yarn bombing, or “knit graffiti” is a thing I’ve always appreciated but never created or participated in myself until very recently. My inexperience with yarn bombing would probably surprise people who know me both as a rabble-raiser, and also a gal whose hands have been pretty much …

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Community Organization – Love, Chaos & Some Kind of Change

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If there is one thing that I’ve learned it’s this: it feels good to be a part of something bigger than my own individual goals in life. Milestones that I’m supposed to celebrate: individual accomplishments like graduating from high school, university, and entering the world of long and annoying job …

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La Reina del Norte – Queen of the North

Mural at Su Casa Cafe in Peace River, AB

For nearly five months every year, Peace River’s landscape is winter-locked in shades of white, grey and brown — save for Su Casa Café, a Mexican restaurant that’s painted the shade of a pregnant 5 o’clock sun, a hanging orange in the sky, and trimmed with the colour of the Pacific …

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For the Love of the Beehive

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Bees are pretty inspiring little creatures. Let’s all take a moment to agree on that. In the last couple of years I have become instinctively curious about, and inspired by the humble little bumblebee. Now I could sit here with my mug of honey-enriched tea and discuss the impressive capabilities …

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I Dreamed of [Painting Permaculture] in Cuba

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What do you see? An old white-painted shack with the rust seething through? A storage unit? A fence? If you mentioned any of the above, you’re clearly, rationally, correct. But if you, instead, engage the irrational you may open your mind to invite in other solutions to the question of reality – and see …

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The Country Under My Skin – Nicaragua (Part III)

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Building a Nation of Poets, Painters and Peace-Makers To know Nicaragua, over the years, has been to recognize the artist in every Nicaraguan I’ve met along the journey of my travels, and volunteer and work experiences. Poets, painters, musicians, folkloric dancers, graffiti artists, actors, sculptors, weavers, carvers… Art in Nicaragua, whatever medium, …

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The Country Under My Skin – Nicaragua (Part II)

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From Resistance to Revolution (And Those Caught in the Cross-Fire) There is no way you can understand Nicaragua, know Nicaragua, without knowing about the Nicaraguan Revolution of 1979. It’s not an exaggeration to say, even today – thirty-four years later – that the Revolution really lives inside of Nicaraguan people. The Revolution was led by …

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The Country Under My Skin – Nicaragua (Part I)

Photo Credit - Caitlin Jackson

There is a verb in Spanish – conocer. It means to know. It’s used in the context of meeting and becoming acquainted with people. It’s also used in the context of geographical place. I could write, for example, he estado a Nicaragua. I’ve been to Nicaragua. But these are empty words when I contemplate all that …

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I Dreamed of [Death By Mangoes] in Cuba

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Two summers ago, on the map maker’s spec of a Caribbean island called Cuba, I dreamt of bicycles, turkeys, death by mangoes and murals (and not necessarily in that order) – amongst other magical symbols and sensations. I close my eyes and move through memory… …coasting backwards…pedaling my bicycle along the skinny …

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