Tag Archives: Willow

Upsetting the Apple Cart: Building the Weaving Wagon

Here is my latest collaboration with Sharon Kallis, Rebecca Graham, and EartHand Gleaners Society. This short film documents the planning, construction, and use of the Weaving Wagon, a bicycle powered cart that allows these two environmental artist to take their show on the road, without need of a car or truck.  Along the way, they work with bike engineer and Shift Delivery co-owner Geoff Hibbard and Alastair Heseltine, an expert willow weaver at his studio on Hornby Island. Part of a wave of local businesses that are employing pedal power, the Weaving Wagon also harkens back to an earlier time before the internal combustion engine, when a wide variety of hand made vehicles carried our goods and services.

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Sharon surveys the nearly completed wagon.

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Filming Rebecca during the weaving process. (Sharon Kallis photo)

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Shooting an interview with Alastair Hesletine. (Sharon Kallis photo)

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Willow Snake

This is a short film I made back in 2013.

https://vimeo.com/61314287
In 2013, the Community Arts Council of Vancouver commissioned artist and weaver Alastair Heseltine to create a green willow sculpture in honour of the Chinese year of the Water Snake. Built over a period of five days in January with the help of community members, the 60 foot snake was then paraded through Chinatown before being installed in the Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden. This short film documents the frenzied pace of construction, as a small army of volunteers work against the clock to shape a truckload of willow branches into cross-cultural symbol of power and regeneration.

Music by Kevin MacLeod