OSF Fabrics in the Community: Giant Dinosaur Edition

The Vancouver International Children‘s Festival transformed waste textiles into rainbows, a dinosaur, and fun for thousands of children.

Heather Dawn Jones created this life-size, interactive dinosaur sculpture from Our Social Fabric textiles as part of The Vancouver International Children‘s Festival (May 27-June 2nd). Over 4,000 kids helped build the dinosaur by weaving strips of fabric and ribbons over a pre-sculpted skeleton framework.  The dinosaur made a fantastic play space, with kids running through the beast’s interior and getting chomped by the huge teeth and jaws.

Heather used OSF fabrics for children’s workshops, as well as a woven, twisted and knotted fabric rainbow that encompassed the park.

While the fabric dinosaur had to be dismantled at the end of the festival, it’s not gone for good. All the the fabric was carefully undone so it can be used again–perhaps as a dinosaur, or some other fantastic creature!

Our Social Fabric helps build a magical snake at the Childrens’ Festival

The enormous snake made from Our Social Fabric's textiles at the Vancouver International Childrens' Festival
Inside the snake built with Our Social Fabric’s textiles at the Vancouver International Childrens’ Festival

Heather Jones from Biscuit Tin Studios sent us these photos of an enormous fabric “snake” made with Our Social Fabric textiles for the Vancouver International Children’s Festival! Here’s what she wrote to us:

Thank you so much for your support in this project! The scraps were put to use that you gave as a donation, and most especially helpful was Leah’s willingness to meet me early morning last weekend at your space to let me rummage around so that I could purchase a large quantity of colourful fabrics to complete my workshop supplies (I couldn’t have done it without it). Many people asked me where I got all of my fabric and I pointed them in your direction, you are a great project and I love telling people about the work you do in the community.

Attached are a few images of the snake created at this past weeks Vancouver International Children’s Festival. Artists Heather Jones and Islando Bocock, with workshop support from Maggie Winston and Meta Vaughan, created the skeleton of a large two headed snake (a hydra). Over the course of the week thousands of kids came through the workshop, taking a strip of fabric each and weaving it into the snake. It took only a few days for it to get fully woven and it only got better with each layer of fabric that went on after that. The snake’s body formed a tunnel. It was a magic woven rainbow inside with twisting ribbons hanging down and speckled sunlight coming in through the cracks. Kids would run through the tunnel, from one end to the other and back round again, over and over again, inventing new games each time inside this hidden world. This art installation was built from 100% recycled materials by many hands. It was a beautiful and inspiring project! Thanks so much Our Social Fabric for your support in creating it!

Take our survey and win a free bag of fabric!

A screenshot of our survey!

If you’ve got a few free minutes this week, please do take our customer survey! You’ll help improve our sales events, and you could win a FREE bag of fabric!

We’ll be running the survey all week, so you can fill it out any time before Friday August 17, 2012 at 9pm. We’ll do the draw after the survey closes and announce the winner via email and our social media channels. If you’re the winner, just come to any upcoming sale, fill up a bag with fabric of your choice, and we’ll give it to you for free!

And even if you haven’t been to a sale yet, you can still take the survey. We’re dying to know about all of the people we reach and what you think of our sales, so we can do a better job in the future!

Here’s the link again: Our Social Fabric’s 2012 Customer Survey!

YWCA Women of Distinction Award

Louise Schwarz, one of wonderful board members and co-owner of Recycling Alternative, has been nominated for the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Environmental Sustainability category for 2012. Louise has been involved in recycling in Vancouver for over 20 years and has given countless hours of her own time to various community groups. Read more about her here.

We’d also love it if you could cast a vote for her for the Connecting the Community award, which is a separate award where the winner can donate $10,000 to the YWCA program of their choice. Click here to cast a vote for Louise.

Thanks for a great evening

We really enjoyed the Vintage Fashion Show last night – the styles took us back to our High School graduation dinner and dance. The Hastings Crossing BIA put a huge amount of work into organizing this event and its Executive Coordinator, Wes Regan, was a fabulous MC.

Thank you also to Pure Magnolia, the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, Blim, Frogbox and kdon for their support and for contributing fabulous prizes for our fundraising raffle. There were some lucky winners!

March 10th Sale a Success

Thanks to all the shoppers that came out to support us and thanks especially to our star volunteer, Stacey, who knows lots about fabric and sewing and was a pleasure with whom to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon.

We had a visit from a charming fellow involved in the upcoming Vancouver Maker Faire who was looking for fabric to decorate his fund-raising event.  As per their website:

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect, and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers.

We also had a visit from fairjake, a local accessory designer committed to using locally produced and/or sourced materials. Check out their beautiful flower clips.

Remember that we’d love for  you to send us photos of any projects you makers have created with fabric from Our Social Fabric.