Debridement Project – VMM + CACV CoProject


I was proud to work on an installation piece for the Family Day workshop at Vancouver Maritime Museum with Ms. Dixon’s Grade 5/6 class, and Mme. Shomura’s Grade 4/5 immersion class. Following a presentation by OceanGybe, Students were encouraged to create sea creature effigies and participated in a group-weaving project to create a net upon which their sculptures would hang. For more information about the Henry Hudson workshops, click here:

The educational and Family Day workshops were coordinated and developed by visual arts educator Tahina Awan, and local illustrator Kay Slater (me). The Family Day workshops included 4 different interactive stations; Facepainting, button making, effigy-puppet making, and the trash gyre maze.

Debridement (pron.: /dɨˈbridmənt/) is the medical removal of dead, damaged, or infected tissue to improve the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue. Removal may be surgical, mechanical, chemical,autolytic (self-digestion), and by maggot therapy, where certain species of live maggots selectively eat only necrotic tissue. (Wikipedia)


For this project, we are removing plastic that may otherwise wind up in our oceans to create art with it.

 Location: Vancouver Maritime Museum

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