Sandrine de Borman’s ARS HERBARIUM ~ Exhibition, Opening Reception, Artist Talk, and a Workshop

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Belgian artist Sandrine de Borman is currently in Parrsboro for a Nonesuch Residency. While here, in addition to pursuing her practice of printmaking and Tataki-zomé, Sandrine will exhibit her work and offer an artist talk as well as a Tataki-zomé workshop.


    • Ars Herbarium: Nurseries of Humanity ~ exhibition opening : 20 October, 6-9pm
    • Sandrine de Borman artist talk : 20 October, 7pm
    • Tataki-zomé Workshop : 27 Ocober, 9:30am – 4:30pm

deBorman_expo_2018_fSandrine believes a good way to maintain biodiversity is to create artwork showing the incredible array of plants in our local habitat. Walking in a wild natural place is part of a “geopoetic” approach which is in connection with “La Traversée, atelier Quebecois de géopoétique”.

Sometimes we do not see what is all around us.

The French botanist Francis Hallé talks about “plantblindness”, people gazing at their green surroundings and beautiful landscapes, but without really seeing the plants themselves, each plant with its structure, its uses, its dynamic, its season, the interactions, and how they work together.

Sandrine is looking and seeing as she travels about Canada creating Herbarium Maps. Her project focuses on themes of walking, plant collecting, and the technique of tataki-zomé.

Tataki – zomé consists of hammering fresh plants onto cotton so that the sap of the plant prints the fabric with the exact shape of the plant.

Sandrine uses local and Latin names to describe what she collects and creates textile diaries and maps of her botanical travels on the printed fabrics.

To learn more about Sandrine de Borman and what she is doing and where, please visit her website

For information about the workshop, see here 



Sandrine de Borman’s residency in Parrsboro has been made possible with the assistance of Wbi, wallonie-bruxelles-international.

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L’artiste belge Sandrine de Borman est actuellement à Parrsboro pour une résidence Nonesuch. Pendant son séjour ici, en plus de poursuivre sa pratique de gravure et de tataki-zomé, Sandrine expose son travail, offre une présentation d’artiste ainsi qu’un atelier de tataki-zomé.

  • Ars Herbarium: Pépinières d’humanité ~ vernissage de l’exposition: 20 octobre, 18h-21h
  • Discussion avec artiste Sandrine de Borman: 20 octobre à 19h
  • Atelier Tataki-zomé: le 27 octobre de 9h30 à 16h30

Je vous partagerai ma démarche artistique de déambulation, glanage et créations sous forme d’un herbier d’empreintes végétales. Ma démarche questionne les liens ambivalents que nous entretenons avec notre environnement, et particulièrement la cécité envers les végétaux dont parle le botaniste Francis Hallé. 

Sandrine pense qu’un bon moyen de préserver la biodiversité est de créer des œuvres d’art montrant l’incroyable diversité de plantes de notre habitat local. Se promener dans un lieu naturel et sauvage s’inscrit dans une démarche «géopoétique» en lien avec “La Traversée, atelier Quebecois de géopoétique”.

Parfois, nous ne voyons pas ce qui nous entoure.

Le botaniste français Francis Hallé parle de “cécité vis-à-vis des plantes”, de gens qui contemplent leurs environnements verdoyants et leurs paysages magnifiques, mais sans vraiment voir les plantes elles-mêmes, chacune avec sa structure, ses utilisations, sa dynamique, sa saison, ses interactions et comment. travailler ensemble.

Sandrine regarde et perçoit alors qu’elle voyage à travers le Canada pour créer des cartes d’herbier. Son projet porte sur les thèmes de la marche, de la cueillette de plantes et de la technique du tataki-zomé.

Tataki-zomé consiste à marteler des plantes fraîches sur du coton afin que la sève de la plante imprime le tissu avec la forme exacte de la plante.

Sandrine utilise des noms locaux et latins pour décrire ce qu’elle collecte et crée des journaux intimes en textile et des cartes de ses voyages botaniques sur les tissus imprimés.

Pour en savoir plus sur Sandrine de Borman et ce qu’elle fait, visitez son site Web

Pour en savoir plus sur l’atelier… 



La résidence de Sandrine de Borman à Parrsboro a été rendue possible grâce à l’assistance de Wbi, wallonie-bruxelles-international.


August at Main & Station


Erin Cross 

During August 2016, I drove through the Maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. My main objective was to draw, paint and experience the landscape and people around me while I camped and occasionally stayed at host homes. My art from this time period reflected a new direction in my development and I hope to continue this journey through the continued engagement of Nova Scotia’s landscape. Because in my previous trip, I was constantly moving locations and unable to truly focus on one landscape. I am interested in Nova Scotia’s coastal landscape and desire to connect and interact with it in an artistic way.


Erin Cross received her MFA in Visual Studies with a focus in multi-media studies. Her work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally and resides in numerous private and public collections. She is currently an assistant professor of art at Doane University. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA .



This August she will be in Parrsboro as Nonesuch artist in residence.  While here Cross will be offering a 1-day workshop on Monday, 6 August: The Process of Being Present: Creating a Practice of Daily Expression, see here for more info and to register…

To learn more about Cross and what she does, visit her website here




James Robinson


born 1972 in the south island nz.

arts been away to transform trauma and post colonial gender and race issues in our indiginous south pacific island.

toward gnosis and social psychic  community and personal agency

ive been very active as a self touring self funed D I Y  artist..with a formal bfa since 1989..(with easily over 200 solos under my belt)

ive won the paramount prize in  WALLACE AWARD IN 2007 for a work called ” taniwha/ dragon”.. in auckland nz with residencys in new york and berlin and many regional centres in nz..and reguler museum and dealer shows..

i show and make… like the grandfathers used to…one show at a time..with floor talks..and alot of inner and outter work..fostering real community and performance around my …unfolding. healing..

my main themes deal with …elemental the face of environmental and ecological spiritual crisis..

In late July James Robinson will arrive in Parrsboro as Nonesuch artist in residence.  While here Robinson will have an exhibition of prior work, including Gate, for which he was awarded the L’Usine de Papier Award for the most creative paper construction in the 2017 Nonesuch Art of Paper Awards Exhibitions

The exhibition will take place in the Nonesuch Centre at 171 Queen Street in Parrsboro.

There will also be a showing of work created during the residency and an artist talk. Dates to be announced.

To learn more about Robinson and what he does, visit his website here


Emily Jan 

I am a Montreal-based artist and writer. I was born and raised in California, and have been on the move ever since. I usually work in sculpture and installation, combining the found with the fabricated to evoke the faraway and the fantastical. I also write and illustrate books. When on the move or on residency, I tend to collect: small specimens, sound recordings, and other pieces of place and experience, which are incorporated into drawings/radio shows/future projects. As a wanderer, naturalist, and collector of objects and experiences, I feel I am guided in my work by the spirit of exploration, kinship, and curiousity.


During her Nonesuch Residency Emily Jan’s primary work will be roaming the tide-line on the neighbouring beaches, looking for a very specific kind of beach detritus: the cast-off cut rope knots which wash up on shore.

While on the road last summer, Jan visited a friend and fellow artist who was on residency here at Main & Station. The Bay of Fundy has the most extreme differential between high and low tides of anywhere in the world and often casts extraordinary objects upon its desolate beaches. While combing the detritus at the high-tide line hunting for fishing floats for her friend’s project, she noticed a lot of cast-off knots washed ashore and tangled in the seaweed.

Knots_emily_janPresumably cut from lobster and fishing boats at sea for reasons unknown to Jan, they nevertheless spoke to her of things severed and cast-off, of snap decisions and moments of fate, and of things lost by one but recovered by another, and she started picking them up. Gathered together, they represent for her a new whole created from temporally and spatially disparate moments, strangers gathered in a circle of which they are unawares.

These will be going in to an installation which she will be creating for the Hybrid Bodies Project (, scheduled for completion sometime in 2019 or 2020.

Emily Jan will give an Artist Talk in the Nonesuch Café on Thursday 9 August, 2018 at 2pm.

To learn more about Jan and what she does, visit her website here


Mark Andrews 

Andrews studied printmaking and drawing at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), and painting and drawing at York University under Tim Whiten, Bruce Parsons and Claude Breeze. He won the “New Faces: Artists’ Choice” competition in Toronto for his large scale black (graphite) drawings. Selected group and solo exhibitions include the A-Space, York University, Glendon College, and Harbourfront Galleries in Toronto, and Belgo Arts, the Gallery at Victoria Hall and Nonesuch Award Group shows in Montreal and Parrsboro.

He works exclusively on paper, combining natural minerals with pigments, powdered graphite, oils and beeswax which are pressed, incised, burnished and polished. His work is concerned with creating a gestural lexicon and archiving it through repetitive mark-making to sediment native Canadian oral culture landscape place-names and elder-stories. Born in Halifax,  Andrews currently resides in Montreal where he is a professor of Materials Chemistry at McGill University.


Mark Andrews

For his work Raven Brings Universal Light, Mark Andrews was recipient of the Griffintown Award for best work by a local artist residing on the Island of Montreal in the 2017 Nonesuch Art of Paper Awards Exhibitions