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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.