June 2012

Knight and his horse visit Fieldwork on their way across Canada!

fieldwork, knight rides across canada

fieldwork got a visit from a Knight (Vincent) and his horse Coeur du Lion in May.  The pair were en route across Canada (from Quebec) - a long pilgrimmage to essentially spread good will.  They created a bit of a buzz around here to be sure....  It was great to have them stay for the night across the road with us!  A very winning pair that looked quite at home in the field!

Fieldwork at the New Art Festival in Ottawa

Scrag-ends liven up a rainy weekend at the New Art Festival, June 2 and 3, 2012

fieldwork at NAF

Each year the fieldwork collective participates in Ottawa's New Art Festival (NAF) as a community arts group, and the collective uses the opportunity to promote the fieldwork project as well as encourage participation in environmental art through our community outreach activites.  For 2012 we took Scrage-ends, the 2011 installation by Jennifer Ryder-Jones, and installed them at the festival site, and we encouraged visitors to NAF to make their own scrag-end at the fieldwork booth.  Chris Grosset and Erin Robertson loaded a table with strips of bark, string, wire, fabric and other odd items.  It didn't take long for people to find our booth and get to work. 

busy fieldworkers

Families, children, adults and artists from some of the other booths made dozens of little scrage-ends to either take home, or to hang on a clothsline so that other visitors to NAF could take home a creation. 

One of the very first scrag-ends was this incredible bird, created by a young woman named Rachelle who is visiting Ottawa from Manitoba as a volunteer for Katimavik.  Her piece, seen here in progress, got our weekend off to a great start.  Despite the rain, the fieldwork booth was once again a bright spot at NAF .  Thank you to the festival organizers for inviting us back to NAF, and thank you to all of the participants in the scrag-end project.

Rachelle's scrag-end bird

Old Brooke Road Old Field: An Incomplete Field Guide & Self-guided Tour

fieldwork, sylvia pendl, old brooke road old field: an incomplete field guide
fieldwork, sylvia pendl, old brooke road old field: an incomplete field guide


How we perceive our places and landscape, including place names, informs how we perceive ourselves as a culture and what we value. What appears to be an undifferentiated old agricultural field, sitting quietly on Old Brooke Road in Maberley, Ontario, is a precise arrangement of named plants, animals and relationships. The self-guided Field Tour  (via interpretive nesting boxes) will guide visitors to corresponding experiences about the inter-relatedness and importance of this field to the world beyond the field. The Old Brooke Field becomes activated through this intervention by being a centre point that radiates out to the larger region, not a boundary but to other centers and connections, coming back and going out again. 

New work to explore at Fieldwork

fieldwork- land art-meneley, osler, pendl
fieldwork- part lot 18 - susie osler 2012
fieldwork - barbara Meneley - landmarks

A few images of the latest installations at fieldwork.  Top image shows part of all three - Red nesting boxes are part of Sylvia Pendl's Old Brooke Rd. Old Field, the hanging birch pieces made from birchbark are part of Barbara Meneley's Landmarks, and the timber frame barn structure is Susie Osler's Part Lot 18, Concession 6 and will continue to accumulate and explore the history of the site in the months to come.

The opening a couple of weeks ago was a wonderful day that included the raising of the timber frame (with the participation of many wonderful hands), and the celebration of some wonderful new installations that explore the nature, feeling, and history of this place.

More photos and descriptions will be coming in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned!  And please come and visit!

Fencebuilding Workshop with Scott Dobson at Fieldwork. May 2012

fieldwork, scott dobson, sheep fence, workshop

At the beginning of May (2012) fieldwork  organized and hosted a workshop with local fencebuilder Scott Dobson.  Scott, a master in heritage fence-building (as well as creative rail sculptures) has been building gorgeous fences across Ontario for years.  He gave us a good day's worth of guidance while we built the sheep fence that now surrounds the parking area at fieldwork.  The day began with a talk from Eugene Fytch (pictured below) who has been studying the history of  Lanark county fences for many decades (and also has several books on the subject). It was a great day and what an addition to the site!  Many thanks to all the (18) participants - young and old - who came to help out and learn some solid fencing techniques.