I have some work in the Digital Encounters group show in Canterbury… my piece is called #thattimeiwasahumanbeingarobotbeingahuman its a film ,filmed on my mobile phone of me dressed as a robot weaving selfies, with the woven selfies on display next to it. the exhibition addresses the question of the future of textiles and the digital//// my practice is mainly based these days on tapestry weaving which is possibly the slowest medium known to human..with no chance of it speeding up via technology unless a weave-bot is invented…im looking to a future when this is possible and ive channeled Hephaetus’s golden handmaidens who were his helpers in my home made gold cardboard costume // Hephaetus who is the greek god of craft made Achilles armour in the Iliad and his golden handmaidens are the first mention of a robot in western literature ….so craftspeople have always dreamed of summing robotic help to get over the hard and painful bits in our making………will my future race of weavebots need to make tapestries or nomadic murals as Corbusier called them, now that phones act as our nomadic murals and external memories? mabye.
but the human need to create textiles, no matter how obsolete the method, will never end.
I went to see Decorum an exhibition at the museum of modern art in paris,artists carpets and tapestries……Amazing. All the greats of weaving,with artists commissions and studio hand work. worth getting up at 4.30 to catch the eurostar for. Annie … Continue reading →
Yesterday i spent a very pleasant afternoon lurking around the lobby at the Ace hotel in Shoreditch….. Sounds dodgy but i was there to meet friends and because id heard Travis Meinolf the action weaver was going to be in action…..Travis is a weaver that brings weaving into the public space by using back strap and rigid heddle looms….over the years i have been very involved with making textiles in a public/performance way with the cast off knitting club back in the day and more recently when i co-owned Prick your Finger i was really interested to see him weave and say hi!
Alas! although Travis’s lovely rigid heddle loom was there warped up and with evidence of action he was not around…..
But it was really lovely to see his loom brightening up the space and adding intrigue to the lobby…(i loved the striped warp and the blue roving laid into the weft) i sat drinking coffee watching loads of people being drawn to and puzzling over what they thought the loom was…..as a maker of textiles from childhood,study at collage and all my career i forget that most people dont ever come into contact with any textile tools or equipment……thanks Travis for bringing one of the least portable textiles methods out and about..i feel inspired to get my tapestry loom out and about…..and i really loved your work.