Market Mornings

Local multi-disciplinary artist, Stephanie Clarke, led four outdoor art-making activities that were open and free to the public during the month of August at Guelph Farmers’ Market.

Clarke’s project, entitled “Patching Guelph Together,” invited community members to create their own unique patches that demonstrated what the city means to them and what they hope it can become.

The project supported the City’s efforts to create a community plan and engaged the community in an artful conversation about Guelph’s future.

Each Saturday participants customized individual patches that depicted iconic Guelph images, and had the chance to reflect on what it means to be a part of this community, and what this city was like before they arrived. The activity fostered collaboration and conversation, and participants were able to take their custom iron-on patches home with them.


Maps then and now

Waterways and trails

Downtown Guelph love

City symbols and sayings

About Stephanie

Stephanie Clarke (Steph Sew Sublime) is a multi-disciplinary artist who has called Guelph home for over 25 years. She enjoys working in a variety of mediums, but feels most at home working with fabrics.

A graduate of Humber Colleges’ Visual and Digital Arts program, she has been creating and selling a collection of iron-on patches since 2016. An experienced costume designer, Clarke also coordinates the Guelph Tool Library.

About the City’s of Guelph’s Community Plan

We’re about to grow from around 130,000 people today to 170,000 people in 2030. How do you want Guelph to grow and adapt over the next 10 to 20 years? We’re working with the community to build Guelph’s Community Plan to understand your vision for our future. It will reflect the hopes and priorities of people in our community. And it will guide the work of our local government and potentially other community organizations.

Make your mark on Guelph’s future. This year’s Market Mornings program is one way we are creating opportunities for voices in our community to be heard.

For more information

Jen Rafter, Cultural Program and Event Coordinator
Culture, Tourism and Community Investment, Public Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2629