CGAS RISER Found Festival

Found X Change


  • July 11, 12:00 am–12:00 am

Hard to believe it’s been ten years of Found!

Ten years of poetry, theatre, music, dance, and so much more – anywhere and everywhere! We’ve welcomed audiences in grocery stores, distilleries, swimming pools, therapist’s offices, apartments, residential kitchens, coffee shops, shoe stores, bookshops, antique stores, and all over the river valley. The goal has always been simple: to bring our incredible local artists out to you. We’ve supported the development of dozens of new works and big ideas, and provided a launchpad for hundreds of storytellers across Canada. We need your help to do it all for ten more years, and we’re doing it in the most Found way possible: with our artists.


Check out the Found X Change marketplace below for unique, one-of-a-kind commissions from Edmonton makers. 100% of your commission price goes to the artist, then we invite you to add on a donation to Common Ground Arts Society! Every dollar you add on will go to developing new programming year-round for us to support emerging voices in Edmonton theatre.

Learn more about each of our artists in their bios on their shop pages.

Physical commissions will be packaged and delivered (for $3 within the greater Edmonton area! Delivery outside Edmonton based on the size of the piece) in late August 2021.

Questions about an artist? Want to get involved? Contact for info.


Sienna Cashion-Dextrase
For Found X Change, Sienna is offering one style of custom beaded earrings. These earrings are based upon butterfly wings and are approximately 1 ½ inches long and ¾ inches wide. All pieces will be backed with pig skin unless otherwise requested, if you would prefer to not have animal products the earrings can be backed with denim. Each earring is done by hand and made with love, thus will contain it’s own variations and flaws.
Kate Kosinski
Punch needle plushies are cozy, compact, and the perfect companion. These plushies can be made into almost any shape and are perfect for when you need just a little extra comfort or for the kiddos in your life! They are roughly 9.5″ by 7″, made with yarn, cotton fabric, and burlap, and stuffed with polyester down fill and project scraps. Please let me know three of your favourite colours for your dream plushie, and I will design your custom piece!

The Hot/Cold packs are made with 100% cotton fabric and filled with dried white navy beans. They can be stored in the freezer for relief on a warm day or microwaved to warm it up. The colour choice prompt will be used the same way as I select fabrics for the bag!
For the Found X Change, Paxsi is offering clients a customized pair of beaded earrings in the Jawira design, inspired by Andean cosmological beliefs surrounding water, light, and katari, the Aymara snake deity. These earrings are approximately 3.5″ in length and feature a swirling river or snake-like design on a solid background. Clients are welcome to choose between two styles of this design, which hardware finish they would like, and are invited to select a colour palette. All designs will cost a total of $70 per pair. 
Tessa Stamp
Personalized Signs:
8″ x 8″
12″ x 12″
11″ x 14″
I will put whatever you want on it! I condone profanity but will not paint hate. You can also pick the colour of the background and the words from the Annie Sloan colour chart in the images.

Includes 5 dice, large bucket, scorecard and dry erase marker.
You pick the colour for the dice and the colour for the dots from the Annie Sloan colour chart in the images.
Kelly Turner
I started doing macrame around 2016, my goal then was to fill my house with slick ’70s/’20’s decor and I did it! Now that my walls are full I am ready to branch out. I have been so lucky to have had such amazing support throughout the last year which has allowed me to try some very groovy new ideas that helped develop my knotting and design skills. Most noteworthy is a kitchen organizer and soon to come, a supremely decadent toilet paper roll holder.

My macrame is both cozy and extravagant. My pieces ooze decadence and add a warm texture to your space, like an old Hollywood star that looks like they give good hugs. I am endlessly inspired by how functional and versatile macrame can be; from wall hangings, to plant hangers, to chairs, to toilet paper holders, my creativity feels boundless with knots, sticks, and rope. 

Instagram: @kellysmacrame

We find ourselves in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ) on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of the Cree, Nakota, Blackfoot, Dene, Saulteaux, Metis, and other indigenous peoples who have made this place home long before we settled here. For thousands of years, people have gathered here to share in story, community, and creative exchange.

We find ourselves thankful: thankful to play a small part in that long-standing tradition, a tradition carried on the shoulders of so many creators, builders, dreamers, agitators, and makers who came before us, and who will come long after us.

We find ourselves inspired: inspired by an evolving community of artists who passionately spark the magic that manifests when we surrender ourselves to the long summer days of this northern place.

We find ourselves grateful: grateful to everyone who rallies around this tiny but mighty Festival — the artists, the volunteers, the staff, the audience, the board, the mentors, the partners and sponsors, the funders, the believers. Found Festival exists because of you.