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Mapping Our Community: Photography Series

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - May 11 @ 7:00 pm
Three-part workshop series exploring community through plant medicine and the medium of photography.

Artist, Rebecca Heyl and Métis herbalist and educator, Lori Snyder, with support from the Burnaby Neighbourhood House lead a three-part workshop series exploring the possibility of creating a community map using photographic processes. Mapping will be used as a way to show what is of value to the community. Smartphone tips and techniques will be provided to teach you how to best capture images from around your community. Images will be shared and will represent a multiplicity of perspectives.

(If you wish to register for the pre-festival workshops, please do so HERE )

The workshops culminate at the Burnaby Festival of Learning with an online nature walk, featuring an introduction to traditional plants led by Lori Snyder. Following the nature walk, participants will learn how to create a map of local plants captured by the sun on a large fabric mural using the *Cyanotype photographic process.

Registration is limited! All ages welcome.

*Cyanotype is a photographic printing process invented in 1842 that captures a shadow image as a cyan-blue print. This technique has been used to study botanicals and share knowledge, most notably by Anna Atkins in her 1843 book, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions.

Pre-festival workshop dates & times:

Sunday, April 25, 2021 11am-12 noon

Sunday, May 2, 2021 11am-12 noon

Bios

Rebecca Heyl is an artist, author and educator. After completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Rebecca studied documentary photography and photojournalism at New York’s International Center of Photography. While living in New York she gained vital experience working as a newspaper photographer, as well as an archival assistant at Black Star Publishing, a photo agency founded in 1935.

Rebecca began her teaching career in Florence, Italy. She taught black and white darkroom photography for several years before returning to North America to pursue an MFA at the joint School of the Museum of Fine Arts/ Tufts University program in Boston. She has taught courses ranging from darkroom photography to photojournalism to art activism at several universities.

In recent years, Rebecca has become involved in the use of photography for pedagogical documentation in primary education settings. Heyl’s personal work largely deals with social right issues carried out in the mediums of photography and installation. Windows in the Wall (Skira/Rizzoli) is the title of her first book, published in 2008. In the Fall of 2021, Rebecca will begin a PhD in the Faculty of Education at SFU.

Lori Snyder is a Métis herbalist and educator who shares the wisdom and traditions of her indigenous roots. Tsuu T’ina, Anishinaabe, Cree, Nakoda, and Nipissing Nations are mixed with her Scottish, French, and Celtic ancestry. She loves honouring the plants and their medicines which are growing all around us.

She is now in her 9th year sharing the wisdom of plant medicines on the unceded terriorities of our Coast Salish neighbours. Lori has presented at various school district In Coquitlam,Richmond, Burnaby and Vancouver for Professional Development Days. She has taught at UBC Farm, for Embark Gardens at SFU, with the Gastronomic University from Italy, the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society, the 2017 Ted Talk participants and various events around Metro Vancouver.

Lori’s vision is to bring awareness around food security, traditional uses, indigenous foodscapes and the importance of native plant species & urban foraging.