Art Exhibition at Artisan on Lewis
Weaving from the Garden and Beyond
This exhibition will feature an eclectic display of basket weaving techniques focussing predominately on natural fibres, from the Second Wednesday Weavers, a group of Mudgee friends both avid gardeners and fibre artists. Showcasing what handmade and slow craft is all about – technique, tradition, artistry, invention and the sharing of ideas, the group also embrace a recycle and reuse philosophy in their creations which celebrate nature.
When the Second Wednesday Weavers began meeting several years ago, they began to look at the abundance of natural materials found in the local area. The region has plenty of inspiring vegetation, so it is not surprising to see a variety of materials such as vines, palm inflorescences, corn husks and native grasses that the group have used to weave into their baskets, wall hangings and sculptural pieces. The inspiration and raw materials can come from the weaver’s own gardens, or plants spied growing beside the road, and they are not averse to collecting wisteria vines salvaged from an abandoned garden.
Basket making is one of the oldest of crafts, and the weaving circle goes far beyond the making of a basket. This basketry group meets fortnightly to share knowledge and explore methods of basket weaving, and embrace a mixture of traditional and contemporary basketry practices.
The pieces on exhibition will include works for sale as well as pieces from the group that may inspire others to give basketry a go. Members of the group will be weaving at the gallery on Wednesday 27th March throughout the day. Drop in to see their work, chat to the members and ask them any weaving questions you may like to ask.
On show from Wednesday 27 March - Sunday 28 March 2019 at at Artisan on Lewis.