Vancouver Special: Zero Waste Art by Leah Price
Saturday, March, 2 pm to 4:30 pm.
Artist Talk: Saturday, March 9, 2pm
Exhibition dates: March 2-11, 2019
About Leah Price
Inspired by the constraints of using discard as her sole raw material, Leah Price embraces the challenge to make “something” out of “nothing”. Couture sewing techniques, freehand machine embroidery and reverse appliqué transform unwanted, ugly vintage textile into beautiful – and often humorous – colourful and texture-rich pictures, sparking a dialogue around sustainability, connection and sense of place. Expect to experience delight, nostalgia, intrigue and a new appreciation for the potential inherent in the unwanted.
A graduate of the Vancouver Master Recycler program, Leah holds a Bachelor of Education from UBC, a Fashion Arts certificate from VCC, and the privilege of many years training under couturier, Blossom Jenab.
“Vancouver Special” by Zero Waste artist, Leah Price, is a collection of pictures fashioned with couture sewing techniques from cast-off, vintage polyester double-knit and other brazen mid-century and Flower Power textiles, depicting beloved Vancouver sights, and memories of her childhood. Audacious mop-head hydrangeas radiate possibility and optimism; a vibrant sunset backlights the East Van sign; a banged-up, tippy trike recalls a time before helmets; the most beautiful of receptacles for the nastiest of habits – fantasy ashtrays of the rich and famous beguile and revolt; the ubiquitous Vancouver Special, homely and maligned, is nonetheless out of reach for the average resident.
Photo by Jeff Minuk