Making lanterns in community

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In early August, I was asked to develop and lead a week of arts programming at Camp Fircom on Gambier Island. Gambier is about 30 minutes north of Vancouver, BC, in beautiful Howe Sound.

One of my challenges was to come up with a meaningful art project that all ages could participate in, while walking lightly on the earth.

Inspiration

As I often do, I looked to the work of celebration artist Paula Jardine for inspiration. Paula is the founder of Public Dreams, where she developed lantern-making and processions as a way of bringing community together in celebration.

Paula inspired me to work with the campers to create simple globe lanterns, which could be made in a short period of time with minimal supplies, and be something that could be taken home and used or made again. You can read the instructions here.

What we created together

Campers preparing their materials and starting to glue the tissue paper to their forms:

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The lanterns in progress, drying:

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The beginnings of a lantern procession:

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We hung the lanterns together on a string, which created a beautiful backdrop for a community celebration. As the light fell, the lanterns glowed brighter.

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