Ebb & Flow- the textiles show |6th – 22nd October

Mermaid weaving

Mermaid weaving

The theme of Ebb & Flow is not limited to the movements of the sea where the ebb is the outgoing phase, when the tide drains away from the shore; and the flow is the incoming phase when water rises again. The terms are also common in figurative use such as ‘to come and go’, ‘to go with the flow’, or ‘to fade away’. In textile terms the scope for inspiration is wide, with stitches that ebb and flow through cloth, weft coming and going through warp, or dyes and colour being added or dispersed from fabric.”

The range of work that is now on display  in the gallery on the seafront in St Leonards on Sea along with short statements from the artists. For more information see www.hastingsartsforum.co.uk

My work is based on my ongoing research into the idea of ‘Hunter and Collector’   in which the phrase ‘Life’s rich tapestry’ is a symbolic use of weaving to represent life which is full of change and chance. The work explores the notion of going out to collect or find lost, discarded or broken objects. These ‘mermaid’ weavings celebrate carefully selected fascinating fragments found on the beaches and streets of Sussex. I have used guilded scallop shells as the base for the weaving and woven in the threads rom discarded plastic ropes that I have found washed up on the beach. Over the summer we have had several violent storms which provide rich pickings of the ropes which do not degrade and can cause damage to the creatures that live in the sea and on the shore. One day while out walking I cam across a lost  pink plastic jewel, I am sure it was a much loved detail of a bracelet; it now  sits alongside a sheet knot of green rope on a woven sea shell. I have made a total of 7 shells for the show but I am working on another to demonstrate the  weaving techniques for the British Tapestry Group at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace this weekend.


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