The Story of An Island Artist . .

renovating a stone cottage, building a studio and keeping the rabbits out


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Weaving an English hedgerow on a heddle frame . . . progress.

Getting back to serious artwork after a few months’ distraction on other things . . . that’s the trouble with being a self employed artist, just sometimes other pressing things have precedence.

Experimental weaving on my heddle frame has begun again. I am trying to use the frame to produce an abstract piece based on an English hedgerow.  Rather than using the shuttle weaving straight across the warp I am using a weaving needle to construct features. The weft gives a top to bottom structure.  The flowery coloured warp to the left of the image will be the ‘top’ of the piece, the foliage.  Imagine the picture here turned clockwise through 90 degrees, that is how it will be viewed.

The white area represents hawthorn flowers growing in May or June.

 

 

 

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An Ashford Loom artwork: Weaving a Hedge.

How I came upon the idea . . . . . .

Hedgerows have vertical stems and horizontal branches, very much like the warp and weft of a loom.

 

Since the increase of urban and farmed space Britain has relied more and more on the hedgerows to replace the bushes and small trees found in the woodlands that used to cover most of the countryside in times past.

 

Hedgerows are a vital part of the ecology that supports mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects that form a natural balance of plants and animals in our surroundings.

 

They are a man-made antidote to the acres of woodland removed to support our way of life.

 

To emphasise the importance of hedgerows, the warp of my Ashford loom will become the horizontal elements of a hedgerow artwork. The weft the vertical elements.

 

By twisting and knotting in extra textiles as well as other materials like wood and metal, the intention is to build up an artwork reminiscent of patterns and textures found in our British hedgerows.