The Story of An Island Artist . .

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


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Some of the Roughest Weaving You May Have Seen . . . And Proud of it!

ImageAfter many months of collecting, considering and construction, a weaving first . . . . .  “Ribbons Across the Countryside”.

An expressionist abstract artwork in hand loom woven textile, found and made objects by Andrew Herridge, Approx 400mm x x400mm

Much taken for granted, this thin strip holds together the majority of English fields. The artwork celebrates the form and varied function of an English hedgerow.  The basic weave is a mixture of acrylic and natural wools, also in the warp; lichens covered wood, leather, nettle fibre, jute, and plastics. All representing materials found in the natural state.

The weave is rough and it is meant to be that way. Hedges can be rough places where battles are waged between man’s boundaries , the weather and ecology.  These elements are a feature of the work.

The artwork is available to purchase through

Andew Herridge Contemporary Art

www.andrewherridge.co.uk

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Experimental Weaving Nearly Woven!

Hedgerows are the countryside’s ribbons.  They bind fields with a living net trawling for crops, without which there would be no food based powerhouse for the Nation.  Hedges with their thorns and wires provide boundaries, my place . . . your place . . . . our places.  Lastly, they are a home; protection and sustenance for countless animals upon which we all eventually rely.

Branches sectioned to show their inner structure.

Branches sectioned to show their inner structure.

My experiment in weaving celebrates and promotes the hedgerow in abstract woven art form.

The weft stratifications are the layers of a hedge.  Campion, Herb Robert and Cuckoo Pint push through from the base about now.  Blackthorn, Hazel and Elder reinforce the battlements.  Soon Whitethroat, Linnet and Thrush compete in the hedge’s larder for early seeds, worm sand caterpillars

Thus the backdrop  for my weaving experiment emerges.

Secateurs, not what you might normally need for weaving.

Secateurs, not what you might normally need for weaving.and caterpillars.

The layered colours a suggestion of successive plants growing up through the hedge. Out come  tools new to the weaver’s craft: pliers and secateurs along with sticks, needles and hooks. Further abstraction, a hint of barbed wire fencing , a hedge’s reinforcement to keep in check curious cattle. Decorated with sheeps’ wool, paper and plastic litter, the obvious signs of human presence.

Very much the new boy to weaving!

Almost complete.  Soon the coloured blossoms will be added.  The experiment to weave a hedge is very nearly done.

Just the blossoms to add.

Just the blossoms to add.

Completed artwork planned for release via http://www.andrewherridge.co.uk next month.


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The Hedgerow Weaving Experiment . . . Phoenix Arising?

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I imagine the top layer is blossom, then going down through layers of foliage, twigs, more foliage, until the lower, darker tone layer of branches and the occasional wild flower is reached.

The basic weft will build vertical elements to the hedgerow.

Finally, details are to be woven in with a bent end weaving needle . . . here the fun should start; bits of real found materials.


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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.