I’m Alexandra Iorgu.
I’m a land-based artist and outdoor educator. I use drawing and clay to connect families with art and nature. My projects have been bringing Toronto’s communities together through co-creation for over ten years.
Learning from Clay
I first discovered clay as a child on the shores of a river in Romania. I have many happy memories of working with found clay.
Learning from Chief Laforme
More recently, I met Chief Stacey Laforme from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. He taught me that people have been walking the land around the Etobicoke area for thousands of years. If you live in Etobicoke, you follow in the footsteps of those who have come before you: family, ancestors, settlers, and First Nations peoples.
He also taught me that, “children are only limited by the imagination of the adults who surround them”. Young people just need space to explore and grow.
Learning from Nature
Our ancestors have given us a chance to live and to grow on this land. We can give the same gift to those around us as well as those who will come after us. Listening and learning from the natural world can help us to do this. Clay, seeds, leaves, and trees can help us do this.
Giving Back through Making
I want to give the same opportunity to people in my community. I want to share my love of natural materials. I want to share what I have learned from Chief Laforme. Together, we can learn about the paths of our predecessors and explore our future through making.
Let’s explore, create, and reflect through learning from beautiful, grounding nature.
Please do contact me with any inquiries, comments, or commissions.
- “Alex incorporates the beauty of nature into the materials and experiences of the children. Her collaborative nature makes her a wonderful teacher to work with.” -Mary Murray, Teacher, BSS
- “I remember that time I experimented and made a total mess of my painting. You said that it was okay I made a mess because I was experimenting. Now, even when I make mistakes on my artwork I am still proud of it.” -Gr 5 student, BSS
- “Your passion for visual art and the outdoors is evident and invites others to get immersed as well.” -Chaterine Hunt, Principal BSS