ABOUT / À propos

Blueberryjams offers a variety of crafted products, penned texts, and skillshares with a focus on DIY, radical home economics, and folk herbalism through an emphasis on sustainability, creativity, and community.

Everything made by hand, with heart.

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Blueberryjams offre une variété de produits artisanaux, de zines et des ateliers mettant l’accent sur les produits faits par vous-même (DIY), l’économie familiale révolutionnaire et l’herboristerie populaire (de cuisine).

Tout est fait à la main et du coeur.

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“Blueberryjams is a small project where many pieces of me that were once scattered across various roles & work, community engagement & organizing, art & activism are brought together, nurtured, and shared. From arts & culture writing to crafts and to radical home economics*,  Blueberryjams is a space where these interests and skills sprout freely and bloom often.

Blueberryjams came about at a difficult time and was made possible with the help of friends and contributors through an Indiegogo campaign. Since it’s launch, this project has allowed me to continue contributing to community spaces & conversations that are dear to me while providing much needed financial support. Thanks to all supporters for making this possible. ”

– Pamela

*Term borrowed from the folks over at rootsimple.org

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Pamela is a disabled queer settler, artist, activist, crafter, keen fermenter, community organizer, and sometimes scholar. She talks quite a bit, finds her own jokes funny, is an avid reader, and enjoys copious amounts of tea. She is roomies with a chatty Siamese cat named Pikachu.

Originally from Saguenay Lac St-Jean, where people are referred to colloquially as unnamed-5‘blueberries’, Pamela Fillion moved to bustling Montreal over a decade ago to pursue her education at John Abbott College, McGill University, and Concordia University where she focused on Honours Science, Anthropology, Critical Ethnography,  Indigenous Studies, and English (Cultural Studies). Much of her richest learning experiences stem from community engagement  in the realms of social & environmental justice. She is a firm believer that the best ways to learn include making room for mistakes, being accountable, and remaining continuously open to learning.

The crux of her work experience revolves around project, program, and organizational development and network building with an emphasis on skillsharing, education, creativity, and empowerment. All of this rooted in living soils of alternatives to capitalism, feminism, decolonizing and anti-oppression.  At work and beyond, Pamela has a geeky love for archiving and resource building. The kitchen and working with and around food is what Pamela considers her hearth.

You can check out her Linkedin page here.

Photo by photographer Bianca Lecompte.