Christine Eborall

I’ve been weaving tapestries since 2008 and have studied with William Jefferies at Kew Studios and at Morley College. Tapestry weaving is an ancient art form, and the techniques I use are the same as those used thousands of years ago.


However, instead of using traditional weaving materials such as wool, silk or linen, I weave only with discarded materials, mainly plastic packaging. I use the metallised plastic film increasingly used for snack packs, coffee bags etc, un-reusable plastic mail-order wrappers and bags, and fruit and veg nets. Graffiti-inspired and other images aim to convey my feelings about the wastefulness and non-recyclability of much plastic and packaging.
Despite the recent and long-overdue announcement of plastic bag charges, plastic packaging is more widespread than ever and often unnecessary, wasteful, un-reusable and unrecyclable. This is particularly the case with mail order wrappers, which are usually impossible to re-use and despite having recycling symbols on them are not accepted in household recycling in Ealing. Metallised film is not recyclable at all.
During BEAT I will be showing tapestries woven with all three of the main types of plastic packaging I use. I will also have information about tapestry weaving, what defines it and why the Bayeux Tapestry, tapestry kits and Grayson Perry’s woven images are NOT tapestries.

Migrant Crisis 2016 detail

Migrant Crisis 2016 detail

Homeless in London

Homeless in London

African Eve

African Eve

Venue 46+

Exhibiting times

Friday 8th Sept — 4pm to 6pm
Saturday 9th Sept — 11am to 6pm
Sundays 10the Sept — 2pm to 6pm
Friday 15th Sept — 4pm to 6pm
Saturday 16th Sept — 11am to 6pm
Sundays 17the Sept — 2pm to 6pm

Other artists exhibiting at this venue