For All Is For Yourself is a combination of community participation and art installation. With the help of the public, Cartiere and her team created over 600 sheets of hand-made seed paper at workshops throughout Richmond and Vancouver. The paper pulp used was comprised of shredded documents from Richmond City Hall and Emily Carr University of Art + Design, reinforcing the principles of recycling while participants learned about wild pollinators, seed distribution, and habitat renewal. Once made, the seed paper was transformed into 10,000 stylized western bumblebees, installed on the walls of the gallery. At the end of the exhibition, half of the bees will “swarm” into the homes and gardens of Richmond as gallery visitors take them away, while the other half will be transplanted to Kelowna for another series of papermaking workshops to replenish the colony and then reinstall the exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

Cameron Cartiere Describing The Project