Chalking with H: Where I’ve Wandered to Wonder

What do you wonder about?

Where have you wandered to wonder?

Travelling and living in different places can really open up your mind to new ideas, words, cultures, and languages.

I haven’t done that much travelling yet, but I hope to do much, much more. Each place I have visited has given me new things to think about, and each city that I have lived has sparked new interests and given me new ideas to ponder. Different countries and different cities have different issues, diverse things to wonder about, question, and fight for.

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The Yukon

Growing up the Yukon gave me a deep appreciation for nature and the outdoors. I care about the environment and I don’t just want to sit back and watch while we destroy the Earth.

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Vancouver, BC

Despite science world’s completely heteronormative sexuality exhibit earlier this year, living in Vancouver and taking Women’s and Gender Studies at UBC has really opened my mind to a spectrum of gender and sexuality. I was always passionate about ‘LGB’  issues, but now I am more aware and concerned with all the other letters and identities that get ignored- LGBTTQQIPA etc.

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Queensland, Australia

Spending a year in Australia got me thinking A LOT about white privilege,  colonialism, and ‘belonging’. As a white Canadian tourist I was invited to participate in conversations regularly that really disturbed me and made me wonder about systemic racism, not just in Australia but back home too and in all white settler countries…

How do you think the places you have visited and/or lived in affect what you care about, and what you fight for?

Care to share?! Chalk about it! And feel free to message us on Facebook or Twitter or email us at chalkwithme@gmail.com

Cheers,

H

Chalking With H: Chalk Laws

For the last three days I have been on a short holiday in Portland Oregon!Image

I brought a few sticks of chalk along for the trip because I thought, hey, I might want to do some chalking in the city of Roses! But it never occurred to me to look up the graffiti or ‘chalk’ laws. However, yesterday, as I was chalking the word ‘explore’ (in very water-soluble/washable chalk I might add), some guy rode past me on a bicycle and said “you’re crazy, lady!”

ImageI figured, he just thought it was a little unusual for a grown women to be using large, colourful sidewalk chalks on a sunny Wednesday afternoon in Portland. But today, I was flipping through a Portland newspaper and it was crediting the city’s dedicated clean up team that gets rid of all the city’s graffiti, and I thought, oh no, what if, Portland is one of those places that still considers chalk art, graffiti…

I did what any curious, concerned individual would do, I Googled it.

Here are a couple of links to what I found

“Portland sues Jobdango over sidewalk chalk graffiti”

‘Guilty or Not Guilty of CHALK vandalism’

I am hoping that since my chalk message yesterday was washable and was neither promoting nor protesting anything or anyone, it is okay, and legal?? Still unsure on the matter…

So I advise all of you, look up the chalk laws of your country, state, province, or territory! Chalk art is still illegal in some places, but never on private property (at least as long as you know the person who owns it!)

Chalk with you soon,

H

Chalking With H: PAN Whaty Who Now?!

Today, I thought I would talk a little about a word that really resonates with me, but a lot of people haven’t heard this word, or have heard it but don’t know what it means exactly. That word is PANSEXUAL, which is how I identify.

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It has nothing to do with pots and pans, but it does have something to do with sexuality, and whom I feel I could fall in love with, or have romantic relationships with.

To me, pansexual and pansexuality refers to a sexuality that falls somewhere along a spectrum and is not fixed or stable.

People often ask me what is the difference between a pansexual and a bisexual. To me, bisexual implies being attracted two sexes and/or two genders which excludes all other options of gender identity.

There are many individuals who occupy a third space, who identify as trans* intersexed, genderqueer etc.

For me, pansexuality is about connection and attraction regardless of sex and gender. But to be pansexual you do not have to be in the dead centre of the spectrum you can have preferences for certain bodies, genders etc. but those preferences can change and will not prohibit you from feeling attraction to certain people of all genders and sexes.

Here’s how wikipedia defines Pansexuality.

Are there words that you use that you wish more people knew? Take the CWM Questionnaire today, and let us know which words those are! 🙂

Cheers,

H

Chalking with H: Building Chalk Confidence

Last week I talked a little bit about shame, and my own fears of inadequacy on the drawing/chalking front! Here’s a couple things I’ve been doing to build my “chalk confidence”. 🙂

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1. chalking more, because hey, the more I chalk the more my chalk drawings start to resemble actual creatures/beings/scenarios, and less like silly shapes and smudges- I for one, can see improvement!

2. copychalking – there is nothing wrong with learning by imitation! And letting others (perhaps more experienced chalkers and/or artists) show you what to do.  I hope to learn a thing or two this weekend at the Victoria International Chalk Art Festival!

3. Chalking the streets, this one can be intimidating because let’s face it not everyone is out chalking on the sidewalk after say, age 7, but people sure our interested in what you are up to when you take out your chalk in public spaces. It is exciting, exhilarating, if you’re nervous about trying it, convince a friend to chalk the streets with you, (that’s what has helped me the most!! yay teamwork!) and hey, you are never to old (or young) to get creative and have a little fun with CHALK!

My confidence in our project was boosted as we chalked out our sneak peek at Robson Square last night. We were met with many curious looks, and approached again and again, given compliments on our chalkwork and asked questions.

The chalking really is getting everyone talking! Just as we hoped! This conversation about word use, equality, social justice, shared vocabulary, art and chalk is all starting to spread. Join in, talk with us, and chalk with us!

Fill out our online questionnaire, and if you can, come meet us in person and chat with us at the Victoria International Chalk Art Festival this weekend!

H