With a “one mile diet” approach to sourcing art materials, Sharon Kallis works to discover the inherent material potential in a local landscape. By involving community in connecting traditional hand techniques with invasive species and garden waste she creates site-specific installations that become ecological interventions. At home in Vancouver, Sharon works with Vancouver Park Board, Stanley Park Ecology Society, Artstarts, Community Arts Council of Vancouver and Environmental Youth Alliance. Sharon is a founding member of MOPARRC, the collective that activates the means of production garden and the materials grown on site. Sharon has exhibited and engaged communities with her practice in Ireland, Spain and throughout the United States. Recent awards include the Brandford Elliott international award for excellence in fibre arts and the 2010 Mayors Award: emerging artist, studio arts.