Grow DIY Manual — Book Launch

Grow DIY Manual

A project by Hol­ly Schmidt in part­ner­ship with Oth­er Sights for Artists’ Projects

Join us for the launch of the Grow DIY Manual

May 10th 2 — 4 p.m.
Pub­li­ca­tion Stu­dio – Vancouver
222 East Geor­gia St
Van­cou­ver, BC


From May 1st to Novem­ber 30th, 2011, Oth­er Sights for Artists’ Projects pre­sented Grow, a project by Van­cou­ver artist Hol­ly Schmidt. Grow was a pub­lic art project, teach­ing tool and cre­ative lab­o­ra­tory for eco­log­i­cal and social sus­tain­abil­ity prac­tices. Sit­u­ated in Vancouver’s Olympic Vil­lage, which was intend­ed as a mod­el for sus­tain­able devel­op­ment but sur­rounded by much debate; this project brought togeth­er dif­fer­ent inter­est groups, cre­ative prac­ti­tion­ers and publics to address issues of eco­log­i­cal and social sustainability.

The Grow DIY Man­ual draws from the writ­ing and cre­ative projects gen­er­ated dur­ing the Grow project. Inspired by the Farm­ers’ Almanac which is a repos­i­tory for sage advice about gar­den­ing, weath­er pre­dic­tions and can­ning recipes, the Grow DIY Man­ual brings togeth­er crit­i­cal writ­ing, illus­trated DIY projects, weath­er reports and local sea­sonal recipes. The man­ual fur­thers the reach of the project to an expand­ed audi­ence, reflect­ing upon its lega­cy while look­ing for­ward to future possibilities.


Designed by Nigel Laing, the Grow DIY Man­ual resem­bles a sim­ple chap­book to be used for day-to-day ref­er­ence. It includes cre­ative crit­i­cal writ­ing by artist and writer, Randy Lee Cut­ler and artist, cura­tor Bar­bara Cole. Grow artist, Hol­ly Schmidt Illus­trated a series of DIY gar­den projects and under­ground chef Alexan­der McNaughton pro­vided advice and recipes for procur­ing and cook­ing local, sea­sonal food. A con­ver­sa­tion between Hol­ly Schmidt and writer, Mag­no­lia Pauk­er frames Schmidt’s art prac­tice in rela­tion to the Grow project, vital mate­r­ial and social practice.

Pre­sented by Oth­er Sights for Artist’s Projects, the Grow DIY Man­ual is part of an on-going series of pub­li­ca­tions that speaks to the organization’s inter­est in the aes­thetic, eco­nomic and reg­u­la­tory con­di­tions of pub­lic places and pub­lic life. The pub­li­ca­tion is avail­able through Read Books and can be pur­chase on-line through Oth­er Sights’ website.

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