Com­mu­nity art project brings colour to lo­cal park

The Mid-North Monitor - - Community - CAMILLA WHITE-KIRKPATRICK

Ties that Bind is now on dis­play at Sher­wood Park in Es­panola.

For the past two and half months, 150 vol­un­teers took part in sev­eral sewing bees that saw the cre­ation of 100 tree ties. A group of vol­un­teers in­stalled the tree ties at the park on Oct. 6.

“Tree ties were cre­ated to ex­press and rep­re­sent ties we share within our com­mu­nity,” said or­ga­nizer Jody Pilon.

Pilon ex­plained that the tree ties were cre­ated out of rect­an­gles of fab­ric that were ma­chine stitched to­gether, and some were dec­o­rated with but­tons, rib­bons and other fancy trim­mings.

“The ma­jor­ity of fab­ric that was used to cre­ate the ties was given a sec­ond life in­stead of head­ing to the trash.”

She said the vol­un­teer sew­ers each cre­ated their own unique ties, “within and to, the com­mu­nity.”

Ac­cord­ing to Pilon, “This unique tex­tile ex­pres­sion cel­e­brates fam­ily ties, friend­ship-type ties and ties that bind us in our com­mu­nity. The ties cel­e­brate our like­ness and unique­ness all at the same time.”

Ties that Bind, which will be on dis­play un­til the end of Oc­to­ber, is a joint project be­tween the Es­panola Fi­bre Arts Fes­ti­val and the Es­panola Pub­lic Li­brary.

The sixth an­nual Es­panola Fi­bre Arts Fes­ti­val and Es­panola Pump­kin Fes­ti­val will be held on Oct. 20, 21 and 22.

PHOTO BY CAMILLA WHITE-KIRKPATRICK/FOR THE MID-NORTH MON­I­TOR

Ties that Bind or­ga­niz­ers Jody Pilon and Kei­tha Kozachanko, two of the vol­un­teers who helped tie the trees at Sher­wood Park on Oct. 6.

Ties that Bind brings a splash of colour to Sher­wood Park.

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