SKETCH launches Weave and Mend

By Jonsaba Jabbi

Weave and Mend has been engaging young Indigenous artists in designing and creating an outdoor art installation in the side yard of Artscape Youngplace that weaves wood, plants, text, story and images together, promoting inclusive community resting spaces to deconstruct the impacts of gender-based violence and colonization.

Weave and Mend Logo by Melisse Watson

Since April, a team of young Indigenous artists who are female and/or female-identifying, trans, Two-spirit, gender-fluid, gender-queer and non-binary, have been engaging in this project. Young artists are paid as they explore various natural materials alongside sharing, healing, training and learning together to envision and build a public art space with a message to end gender-based violence.

As a public art installation project in partnership with Indigenous communities and artists, the installation will host collective conversations and animation exploring the impacts of gender-based and colonial violence to generate ideas on how we move forward imagining and creating safer spaces through public art.

Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities alike are invited to engage in conversation together to promote understanding and strategies to end violence and celebrate the enduring resilience of these communities.

The Weave and Mend installation in progress

The installation is in final stages of production on the north side of the Artscape Youngplace building at Argyle and Shaw streets. The install began in the Spring and has continued throughout the summer. The official public launch will be held on Sunday, October 21 from 3-6pm. Please join us.

Weave and Mend is generously supported by Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Hal Jackman Foundation, Funding for this project through Ontario Arts Council is provided by It’s Never Okay: Ontario’s Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment. Project partners include Springtide Resources, Centre for Indigenous Theatre and Native Women in the Arts among others.