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.
But 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; supermarket fruit and veg nets and commercial plastic waste – scaffolding net, wrapping materials. I aim to convey my feelings about the wastefulness and non-recyclability of much plastic and packaging with graffiti-inspired and other images.
Last year, David Attenborough and Blue Planet II did much to raise awareness of plastic waste and sparked a flurry of activity: bans on plastic straws, charges for single use coffee cups and so on. But on packaging we have barely begun. The long-overdue introduction of plastic bag charges in England still does not apply to many outlets, and plastic packaging is more widespread than ever and often unnecessary, wasteful, un-reusable and unrecyclable. This is particularly so 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. The metallised film in snack and coffee bags is hardly ever recyclable.
During BEAT I will be showing tapestries woven with all 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.
St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, W5 1QG
Friday 7th Sept — 4pm to 8pm
Saturday 8th Sept — 11am to 6pm
Sunday 9th Sept — 2pm to 6pm
Friday 14th Sept — 4pm to 8pm
Saturday 15th Sept — 11am to 6pm
Sunday 16th Sept — 2pm to 6pm
Cash, cheque and cards accepted
Wheelchair accessible: Good