Root to Rise exhibition & Residency at Fish Factory Art Space
Root to Rise was an exhibition of hand woven textiles, tapestries and hand made looms made in meditation on the Cornish landscape and weather fronts.
Exhibition artist statement
I feel that it is very important to walk close beside the ancient ancestry that comes hand in hand with weaving as a craft. In order to find out what weaving is in its purest form I felt compelled to create my own looms and weave in methods that have been done for thousands of years. In this way, weaving becomes a ritual of morphic resonance*. To weave is to move my body in the same way as my ancestors: to hear the sound of loom weights chiming together, to become aware of the tautness of the cloth between the skeleton of the loom, to see the sunlight beam between the weft as I weave. It is a dance that unravels in front and behind me both honouring the past and maintaining its heritage for the future.
I weave as an offering to: the destiny weaving crones The Fates, Athena & Arachne, dedicated wife Penelope, revengeful Philomela, Frigg the Norse weaving goddess, the frightful Valkyries with severed heads for loom weights, Frau Holda fertility spinner, Norns the fate weaving Giantesses. I humbly offer my cloth to these myths and the ancestry that cradles the craft.
*Morphic resonance is a term coined by Rupert Sheldrake that alludes to a collective memory that exists within nature.