Action weaving.

P1080782Yesterday 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!

P1080793Alas! although Travis’s lovely rigid heddle loom was there warped up and with evidence of action he was not around…..

P1080783But 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… 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.

for more action weave Travis website is here….


Knitting in Space….

This is something i think about..  Will humans knit in space.. i suppose so because we knit  now well past the age of necessity….Obviously Karl thinks so as the latest Chanel adverts show…

chanel-fall-winter-2013-14-campaign-1And now ive found out they have knitting needles in space from this video showing International Space Station Expedition 30 astronaut Don Pettit using knitting needles and water droplets to demonstrate physics in space for ‘Science off the Sphere.’

Ruined Polaroids…

27_1ruined_polaroid_21_websRuined+Polaroid+14214_1r20__ruined_polaroids__55LTVS-Ruined-Polaroid-15Ruined Polaroids a series by William Miller are the photos he took using a broken camera bought from a yard sale…. Lovely that something regarded broken produced these  images, it could still be rivers from space…..cosmic organic forms deliberate and not…. Heres the link to Williams website for more of his work….

visting the Venice Biennale…..

just got back from visting the Venice Biennale…..loved it hugely but it was the British pavilion and Jeremy Dellers work that totally did it for me. from the amazingly moving video set to the music of steel drums to the wall size paintings of William Morris and a Hen harrier wreaking revenge on super yachts and range rovers, free tea to boot and a take home printing booth the whole experience was pretty special. i took some super wobbly pics on my phone…..(the lens is scratched but i cant bring myself to get a new phone till this one dies.) i also bought the record of the steel drums which has pride of place on top of my turntable //// and i got a free poster of a William Morris face in a standing stone- pareidolia and synchronicity….

range roverclose up of hen harrier wreaking prince harrys range rover….he controversially shot a pair of hen harriers over the sandringham estaste….

IMG_3204William Morris rising up and trashing roman abramovich’s yacht.

IMG_3208free tea…the word ‘tea’ spelt out in flint arrowheads.

IMG_3212P1080755Williams morris face in a standing stone.

P1080771Jeremy Deller.English magic 2013 Melodians Steel orchestra.symphony in D minor.The man who sold the world.Voodoo Ray.