Category: Community

Member Stories: Russ Higham, Our New Friend in History

Russ Higham, Our New Friend in History 

The week after “A Day in the Life of Dr. Maria Del Carmen Suescun Pozas” came out in The Brock Press, Russ Higham surprised us with the gift of his art working in custodial services at Brock University. See below the art pieces he has worked on since 2013 when he started working as a floater in charge of setting out offices for staff and faculty and helping them move. All photos shown below can be clicked to view at a larger size.

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Artist in Residence, January – April 2016: Julia Rose Simone

Among our community engagement programs, we maintain the Seedling for Change Artist in Residence program, which is open to anyone of any age or location wishing to embrace the spirit of Seedling for Change in any artistic form and medium.

Our (very first!) Artist in Residence for January-April 2016 is Julia Rose Simone, who created an alternate map of Canada using the shapes and borders of the countries of Latin America in place of Canada’s provincial borders, inspiring thought about nationality, geography, land usage, visual perception, and global unity. As of September 2016, this map serves as the header image for our website! Julia’s contribution also inspired us to create the Julia Rose Simone Prize (click the link to find out more)!

See Julia’s map below and read more about Julia’s work and process in her own words:

Julia's Map

My name is Julia Simone, I am 11 years old and I am Laura[-Lee Burey]’s daughter. I’ve […] put together a map of Canada using the countries in Latin America. I have also designed a logo for the upcoming website intended for the Latin American and Niagara project.

First of all, I drew the outline of Canada. Secondly, I visualized where the Latin American countries should be placed. Then I bagan drawing the larger countries first then I added the smaller countries around them. The reason I took these steps was because I felt it would be more difficult to fit in the larger countries after the smaller countries were placed. I placed Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Mexico based on the outline of Canada. It looked as though it fit in. All the empty spaces in white represent the areas in Canada that would not be occupied by a country. Since I used my visual sense to place the countries, I did not use an actual scale. I perhaps could have drawn the countries a bit bigger to fill in the area of Canada. This composite was my visual interpretation.

I wish to thank everyone for giving me the opportunity to take part in this project. I found that the map was very challenging as this is not something I am used to producing.

— Julia Rose’s vision for Think Latin America Canada, Think Canada Latin America. (Canada: 9.985 million square km / Latin America: 19.197 million square km)

What do you think of Julia’s work? Are you inspired by what she has created? Would you be interested in being our next Artist in Residence? Send us your feedback!

Postcard from Dave Howell

A large part of our mission is to create connections. Even when someone is far away, a connection can be maintained over great distances with even the smallest of tokens. We at Seedling for Change in History have encouraged everyone we meet, at home and abroad, to keep in touch with us — not only via this website and our social media channels, but also through more traditional, physical mail. In particular, we have invited friends to send us postcards, which we will display here on the blog alongside any other physical correspondences, whenever we receive them!

The first postcard out of the Mailbox comes to us from Dave Howell of St. Catharines. Dave has sent us a beautiful, hand-coloured postcard that speaks to the creative and nature-loving heart! Thank you, Dave! With love from Maria and Seedling for Change!

 

Front of hand-coloured postcard from Dave Howell Back of postcard from Dave Howell

Welcome!

Welcome, one and all, to Seedling for Change‘s new website!

At its core, the purpose of this website is to reach out to our community and invite discussion, brainstorming, feedback, and connection. Not only do we want to hear from you, but we want you to hear from each other! Seedling for Change is, at its heart, about building a network of passionate contributors and, most importantly, friends who can share in one another’s visions and create positive change at every level. As such, we welcome and encourage discussion in the comments. Our home is your home.

And so, to start things off on a lighthearted note, we begin with these two “contracts” from the Mackenzie Printery in Queenston, ON, visited by our own Maria del Carmen Suescun Pozas and Steve Nadon.

Using a screen reader and/or can’t view images? The attached two images read as follows:

PRINTER’S INDENTURE: Let it be known that (Maria del Carmen Suescun Pozas / Steve Nadon) By printing this brief contract has hereby agreed to apprentice in W.L Mackenzie’s Printing Office, and after the manner of an apprentice shall dwell, remain, and serve for the duration of the term of seven years. The said apprentice shall faithfully serve and follow the rules of this establishment. Dice, cards, or any other unlawful games they shall not play. Matrimony within the said term they shall not contract. Taverns and Ale-houses they shall not haunt. On this glorious day, Monday, May 9, 2016.

Have you ever been to the Mackenzie Printery? We’d love to hear your experiences!

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