Sarah Granskou, City of Kitchener's artist in residence for 2016, has generously offered her time to create, sing, and tell stories with some of our Nature Connect groups in the past weeks.
She visited our Tales and Trails group at Breithaupt Park to sing and tell us a story. We sang along with the song that Sarah had written:
"Every tree has a protector,
and it's expected you'll respect her..."
Then she joined us on our hike, looking for faces in the trees. Here's one that we found named Pinnochio:
We also found several forest trolls hidden along the path. How did they get there? Where do they sleep at night? Do they protect the trees too?
Then Sarah joined us at Huron Natural Area for a humid Saturday morning of puppet making. Here are some of the creations that emerged from the collective imaginations that morning. We also used hammers to do hapa zome, a Japanese artform that uses plants' natural dyes to imprint colour onto fabric. Some of these dyed fabric pieces were incorporated into our puppets' clothing.
Thanks so much, Sarah, for gifting us with your creativity and inspiration!
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