It’s December 1st and as the first post on the Solve My Space advent calendar, it seems only appropriate to start off by featuring another advent calendar—a magical project happening in Mile End this month!
Patsy Van Roost lives a double life as both LA FÉE DU MILE END where she works in public spaces and the PAPERNURSE with a more intimate practice that passes through the mailbox. For the past two years as the Mile End Fairy, she has been orchestrating participative experiences on the sidewalks so that people connect with one another. Today is the launch of her new project, (everyone’s invited!) called Un dessin à la fenêtre (A Drawing in the Window), a Christmas story that will be presented outside, in the streets of Mile End.
Guided by the custom-designed Advent Calendar*, you will open a new window each day from December 1st to the 24th to discover the address of the page of the day. Like a treasure hunt, neighbours and passersby are invited to walk outside and read the story written for the occasion by a neighbour-writer, and posted directly on 24 windows. Although the story will be written in French, English-speaking neighbours can be found somewhere along the streets to translate. Just ask and you shall find… Meet strangers along the way!
*500 custom Advent Calendars were printed and each one is numbered and a work of art in itself. You can reserve yours here or buy it directly in anyone of these 3 beautiful Mile End boutiques: Comme des enfants, Atelier b. or Raplapla. The sale of each calendar helps to fund the project.
The launch is today, Monday December 1st, 5-7pm, 122 Bernard West at Comme des Enfants… the first window will be revealed!
ALSO, when Patsy is not in her Mile End fairy role, she is running Papernurse, which “spreads thoughtfulness with personalized couture cards.” One look at her website and you’ll see this is a unique and touching concept: individual art objects (mobiles, mini-books, ribbons) tailored for individual life events (anniversary, birthday, baby ) or for the quotidian (to say thank you or i miss you). Patsy creates the framework and you personalize it.
You can visit her at PUCES POP this month where she will be selling stitched words and very special cards. She’s also giving Christmas card workshops throughout the month of December which I highly, highly recommend!
All images via Patsy van Roost
A Christmas gift from the Mile End Fairy, Patsy Van Roost, an original story by Pascal Henrard, Graphic Design and Illustration by Anaïs Favierand the precious collaboration of 22 families, 1 boutique and 1 Mile End schoo