The Story of An Island Artist . .

The day to day life of an artist living and working on a Hebridean island

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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 at . . .

Andrew Herridge Contemporary Art

Painted in the Hebrides



Weaving a Hedgerow

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Weaving a Hedgerow

The warp yarns are natural like nettle and jute, then wool and finally acrylics.

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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.