Fraser River Walks

image of yarn-wrapped sticks and a detail of the fraser river

In June 2021, I will be installing all, or a partial selection, of yarn-wrapped sticks in a space in the neighbourhood of Strathcona in Vancouver. I have about 90 sticks, which were collected over a five month period. Fraser River Walks is a visual presentation with a community engagement component.

View project documentation on my instagram @laurabucci and @arntzen_valerie (AMP Studio) during the month of June.


Fraser River Walks (October 2019 to March 2020, Vancouver) A project consisting of tiny Polaroids and a collection of found twigs and sticks that I routinely collected from daily walks along the Fraser River. These sticks were then brought into my home studio where I wrapped them in yarn. Behind the object and the collection of twigs, is the invisible practice of routine and structure, of walking and noticing, and of negotiating loneliness and resilience.

When: June 7 – 28, 2021
Where – Installation : AMP Studio’s storefront window, Corner of Hawks & Keefer Street, across from the Wilder Snail Neighbourhood Grocery in Strathcona, Vancouver, BC

Artist Talk — Coffee Break Conversations, CARFAC BC: June 8 (open to BC artists only)
Laura Bucci (she/her) and Laurance Playford-Beaudet (they/them/themselves) will talk/converse about their projects in, on, and alongside sections of the Fraser River that run around the city of Vancouver. Collectively, their practices engage the senses and the body and result in visual and sound experiences, and also community engagement for Laura. Free but Register in advance.

Walk with Laura – Saturday, June 19 at 10am – 11:30am (more or less): Join me on a short, easy, walk on flat terrain (15-20 minutes one way, depending on everyone’s pace) along the Fraser River, below River District in South Vancouver. We will retrace my morning and afternoon walks during the project’s duration, and we will look for sticks and twigs to pick up and wrap in yarn. We will walk to Adcy Beach and we’ll find a spot to sit at and we’ll chat and wrap the sticks in yarn. Maybe you’ll talk a bit about how you’ve been resilient over the past year or at other times in your life, or how you deal with loneliness. Let me know if you have questions or concerns on how to participate. Wheelchair accessibile. Free parking available at the meeting point.

Meet me at: Fraser River Trail – Burnaby Gateway posts. Registration required—link below. Maximum of 6 participants can join.

Materials Provided: small amounts of yarn in various colours (individually bundled so you don’t all have to handle the same ball of yarn), large needles if you don’t have one.

Materials You Need to Bring: small scissors for cutting yarn, a large needle if you have one (a needle that has a big enough eye to feed yarn through it), if you have yarn, do bring your own stash of yarn to work with, sanitizer for your own use, a towel to sit on the grass/sand if you wish, sun hat/glasses, whatever you need to sit/be comfortable.

Limited to 6 participants, register through Eventbrite.