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We’re hiring! Digital photography facilitator

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Digital photography facilitator

Job Summary

We are looking for an experienced youth facilitator who has a background in digital photography for a series of workshops leading to a larger project. The workshops will be geared around building photographic social media (Instagram, with possible sharing to Facebook and Twitter) leading to a final storytelling project of documentation and interpretation of Indigenous sites in Waterloo Region. The series of workshops are geared around skill-building in photography with a focus on using this medium as a tool of visual expression for healing. The position will require facilitating a once per week, 2 hour session for a total of 15 sessions starting in mid November 2018.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • co-facilitate photography and basic social media workshops
  • assist participants with composition and editing of photos
  • assist in teaching basic social media posting including hashtags for photos

Skills and Qualifications

  • experience in photography and photography for social media
  • experience with digital storytelling
  • the successful candidate should have a demonstrable personal creative practice
  • preference will be given to those who have an understanding or context in working with Indigenous communities
  • previous experience in working with youth

Remuneration: $20/hr

Email resume to:

Deadline: September 14, 2018


Pins and Needles Fabric Company is an intersectional, indigenous based, disabled practice in the arts. In this practice of art-making our focus is heavily on moving through and beyond historic and current traumas into spaces of understanding and healing. We create work from a community level focusing on hidden stories, fictional narratives, and fantastic realities.

Pins and Needles Fabric Company is a research focused, inter-arts, and multi-disciplinary practice that exists at the intersections of science and society, arts and technology, and methods and math. Through these lenses, we build art, we build communities, and engage in pedagogies that authenticate lived realities and the meaning of justice.


The Healing of the Seven Generations assists First Peoples residing in the Region of Waterloo and surrounding areas. We work with individuals and families who are suffering the inter-generational impacts of the residential school system. This includes growing up in dysfunctional families; emotional, physical, sexual, and spiritual abuses; poor self-esteem or poor self-image as a First Peoples person; loss of culture; lack of awareness of cultural identity, teachings, values, and traditions; poverty, and addictions.

We welcome First Peoples from all ages, genders, and cultural groups, including status and non-status First Nations, Métis, and Inuit individuals and families.

Wrong Way at IMPACT17

After another phase of creation, Wrong Way was presented in a workshop presentation at IMPACT17 to two sold out audiences. In this phase, the collective participated in once per week unpacking and rehashing of the stories that emerged from the 2014 workshop presentation at the Tannery School of Music.

The performance was integrated with physical and digital interventions and set in an atmospheric setting using space provided by The Working Centre at their King St Fresh Ground (link opens to Facebook page) and Commons Studio location.

In an alley, on a dark night, a two-spirited Indigenous person has died. Several people who live in this urban liminal space can all be implicated in this death. There is also a trickster ghost who doesn’t hesitate to communicate from beyond the grave.

But who did it?

This phase of the project saw us define a narrative based on a murder mystery. Many people swirled around Smokey in their life and several of were emblematic of the structures of violence that contribute to hardships faced by Smokey that led to their death. But Smokey isn’t a passive voice in their death. Smokey inhabits the streets and alleys, the cafes and homes as a visible, audible, and active ghost haunting the six suspect. In the end, who killed Smokey is never revealed, but instead the audience is asked to beg the question presented by the archetypes about who, or what was the final straw.

The presentation featured Heather Majaury as Ziggy, Suzanne, and the digital image of Smokey; Pam Patel as Red, and Calista; Nicholas Cumming as Garamond and Luc.  Amanda Lowry composed and created sound and musical interventions located throughout all locations. Peter Turpin provided us with technical assistance in managing 5 projectors, several speakers, and technical design. Terre Chartrand wrangled pieces, created video, built 1000 clay teeth, designed sets and set pieces, managed timelines, and worked portable technologies. All of the artists pulled together this phase in collective creation. We have much gratitude for IMPACT17 tech crew, and all of the IMPACT17 and MT Space staff and volunteers who made our show possible.

In this final phase, we worked without a budget and on a very short timeline. Pins and Needles expressed deep gratitude to all artists who contributed their time, their bodies, their focus, and their energy to this phase of the project.

Pam Patel Nicholas Cummings Heather Majaury Wrong Way Projection Wrong Way Projections

Wrong Way Workshop Presentation

February 13th at 2pm and at 7pm.
Tannery School of Music.
Presented by Pins and Needles Fabric Company
A collaborative inter-arts project between artist and community.

Featuring work by Terre Chartrand, Nicole Battista, and Amanda Lowry. Performed by Heather Majaury, Pam Patel, and Nicholas Cumming. Technical assistance from Peter Turpin, and Mahir Hoque.

In the context of urban spaces, we are exploring the perceptions and realities of people as they move through the city scape. This project will focus on alleys and parking lots – during daylight, and during nighttime, and how the perceptions change over just a few hours.

Risk is a shifting concept, and what may make one person feel unsafe may represent a haven for another.

This project is data driven, digitally responsive, in part controlled by outside forces, with people’s bodies and lives all hung in the balance of an alley.

Also important in this process has been community collaboration. Pins and Needles as a collective cannot build a universal experience of alleys, but through working with the community, a collective experience beyond the sum of the parts of Pins and Needles will be presented in this experiment.

Many thanks to Ontario Arts Council, REAP, and the Tannery School of Music for their generous support of this project.

Water Stories: digital media narratives in Kitchener City Hall Rotunda @NightShiftWR

Samarian Woman 28 launched as a new collective in Waterloo Region atNight\Shift14. This event on the first of November, 2014 saw the installation of two creations by our collective.

Water Stories

Water Stories

We created a site-specific inter-arts installation for Kitchener City Hall’s Rotunda. For this project, we gathered and remixed the words and voices of five women from the local community and captured recordings of water sounds and textures. The sound recordings are mixed over eight channels to create a surround sound, accompanied by the projection of waterscapes on the Rotunda floor – video of the Grand River watershed.

We live because water sustains us and moves us through our entire lives. For women, water represents a particularly compelling force; the tides pull our bodies and our babies are delivered through water.  

This project examined water as a physical element: drawing analogical comparisons between rural spaces and urban spaces (a drain from a managed lake mirroring the ceiling of the Rotunda); showing human intervention on the watershed (images of waste in the water, human modifications over the watershed); displaying the natural watershed (primary images using layers of floating leaves, reflections and shadows, and underwater elements); and transposing these into the dry, concrete and sandstone spaces of a downtown through a large scale projection. The effect sometimes mirrored the urban landscape. It sometimes challenged it.

The eight channels of sound built an  immersive experience, drawing the audience into the water with the natural sounds of water, multilingual lullabies and songs about water, noises, sounds broadening the narrative into a human element. The sound inserted the lives, the voices, the bodies of women into the space broadening the  narrative into a human element.

Throughout the installation, words by women from the Grand River watershed were played over the eight channels.  Stories and poetry by Heidi Burrows, Julia Krauss, Katie Parks and Tanya Korigan ranged in topic from water as a spiritual element, water as a life giver, water as a cleanser, to water as analogy for death. These were in stories that spoke of coming of age, divorce, relationships, children, and acceptance.  Physical performer, Julia Krauss delivered powerful performance pieces on the projection to these words.

The installation required the audience to move around to experience the full scope. An audience member standing in the middle of the Rotunda was immersed in sound, colour, and light, inserted into the tableau as the art themselves. It inspired an intergenerational playful response, with audience interacting with various pieces of both projection and sound scape. The audience members who travelled to the mezzanine level were surprised with a full image tableau of crystal clear video, sound reduced to a  mono-channel and a view of fellow audience inserted and playing in the elements below.

Water Stories was made possible by much help from Sherwood Systems, Christie Digital, and REAP.


Young Women Picking Fruit From the Tree of Science or Knowledge

Samarian Woman 28 launched as a new collective in Waterloo Region atNight\Shift14. This event on the first of November, 2014 saw the installation of two creations by our collective.

Young Women Picking Fruit From the Tree of Science or Knowledge

This inter-arts project was installed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Queen St in Kitchener, Ontario.  The tree-  a euonymus bush pruned into a tree over it’s lifetime – was felled in an ice storm, and saved for this project. The tree was suspended in the courtyard of the church, upside-down on which objects and tools were hung. These tools were chosen as items that have traditionally and non-traditionally been in the realm of knowledge for women. The tree also featured glow-in-the-dark elements as an element of illuminating from within, and also highlighting the notion growth.

An augmented reality accessed film was installed at the base of the bell tower in the courtyard of a woman eating apples, and reading books. She is an Eve character eating the apple of knowledge. She is tied in the space with the hanging tree itself, challenging the scope of original sin, and that of women acquiring and using tools, knowledge, and constructs for their own advancement and survival.

A flute soundtrack was composed and played into the space over speakers installed in windows facing the courtyard. The music provided an element tying in both pieces with allusions to growth, threat, survival and the building of self beyond expectation.

The inspiration for this specific installation is a painting by Mary Cassatt titled,Young Women Picking Fruit From the Tree of Science or Knowledge, which is the centre panel of a triptych mural titled, ‘Modern Women’.

The images below are of The Tree of Knowledge during the day. All photos by Deb Cripps.