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

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