Making Room Artist Spotlight: Tyde

Making Room has many orbits of participants— from the core members and lead artists to the PARC members who see us from afar. PARC member, volunteer, and artist Tyde sits comfortably in the role of ally, guest, visitor, and friend. Although Tyde doesn’t participate in our weekday workshops at PARC, she happily shares her artistic gifts with us for our celebrations and is a regular guest, stopping by to check in on us and show her support.

A multimedia artist and performer originally from Montreal, Tyde has been working for over 20 years in the visual arts and over 30 years in music. She has been a PARC member and volunteer set designer for PARC special events since 1997.


Tyde’s art practice includes many beautiful hand-crafted sculptures and other 3D works, often using scrap material and metal. Tyde’s work strikes an evocative tension, wherein materials that seem familiar become transformed, reimagined. Her pieces evoke the urban natural, where bolts, screws, and wire reveal themselves in  organic shapes and personalities.

Click “Read More” to see some of Tyde’s work and find out where you can catch her in action very soon!

In January, Tyde graciously contributed to our Pathway of Life party and book launch with a series of her magnificent handmade books. Here are a few of them:

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Tyde also constructed a wild bug out of wire, metal ventilation pipes and all sorts of other found and collected matrial. It sat regally atop Making Room’s float at the MABELLEarts Invincible Summer Parade. Here’s a close-up of the bug, and the whole float in between two others:

tyde's bug


But we would be egregiously out of line if we didn’t mention that Tyde is an active singer and musician in Toronto, and has graced the stage in support of PARC, as well as in more casual settings, all over Toronto.

If you’d like to hear some of her jazzy-sweet dulcet tones soon, you can catch her next week on Wednesday, September 17. Tyde will be presenting and peforming a Jazz Café as a special event to coincide with PARC’s weekly music jams on Wednesdays. Get there for 11:30am to get a taste of Tyde’s talent as a singer.

But returning to the idea of the many ways of belonging or not belonging to a group— Tyde, from her position as being among us but not always one of us, has always offered profound insights into the way our group works. At PARC, many people resist being associated with a group, often declaring themselves ruggedly individual, do-for-them-self-ers. Yet people return to PARC and create complex relationships with the space and with each other.

Being a cohesive group at PARC that respects people’s need to be recognized as individuals, while harnessing the particular power that comes from collective art and ritual-making, is what we at Making Room strive to do. Recently, Tyde offered us a quote from Give and Take by Adam M Grant.  She says that it reflects the balance that we as a group strike, although she hadn’t previously been able to put it to words quite like this:

“The more strongly we affiliate the with a group, the greater our risk of losing our sense of uniqueness. The more we work to distinguish ourselves from others, the greater our risk of losing our sense of belongingness.

How do we resolve this conflict? The solution is to be the same and different at the same time. Brewer calls it the principle of optimal distinctiveness: we ‘look for ways to fit in and stand out. A popular way to achieve optimal distinctiveness is to join a unique group. Being part of a group with shared interests, identities, goals, values, skills, characteristics, or experiences gives us a sense of connection and belonging. At the same time, being part of a group that is clearly distinct from other groups gives us a sense of uniqueness. Studies show that people identify more strongly with individuals and groups that share unique similarities. The more rare a group, value, interest, skill or experience is, the more likely it is to facilitate a bond. And research indicates that people are happier in groups that provide optimal distinctiveness, giving a sense of both inclusion and uniqueness. These are the groups in which we take the most pride, and feel the most cohesive and valued” (233, The Scrooge Shift)”

Tyde’s having shared this quote with us has given us a useful new way to consider why it’s crucial to be a part of something as well as your own something. As we go into this new year at PARC in a few weeks, it’s something we’ll hold onto— at least until Tyde gives us another slice of knowledge to rock our world.

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