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.
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