WATERLINE: AN ONLINE COLLABORATIVE PROJECT LED BY JOAN BAXTER
Both a weaving project and a learning experience, Waterline brings together a small group of tapestry weavers who are each weaving their own individual tapestry as one part of a composite tapestry which reflects the theme of the flow of a river.
The process is as important as the end product, with participants working together on the over-arching tapestry design criteria and sharing learning throughout the weaving process.
Each tapestry will either be rectangular or square and are of varying sizes and proportions. Anywhere within each piece, a straight and level silvery gold line of the same width, representing the surface and flow of the water, is the most important shared element.
The finished tapestries will be hung side by side so that, although the individual pieces are of different sizes and shapes, all the waterlines are at the same level.
As the legacy of the project, we will be exhibiting the tapestry as a single artwork, both ‘online’ and in a ‘real life’ space. We are also creating a publication about the project, where we pass on our learning from the design and creation process, its “difficulties and delights”, and show our work in progress.
The project is lead by Joan Baxter, supported by Irene Evison and Anna Wetherell of Nearly Wild Weaving.
The final work will be exhibited at Farfield Mill, Cumbria UK, in Autumn 2022, and also online.
We’re delighted to report that all is going well. We’ve had several online sessions led by Joan, as well as some informal small group meetings, which have taken us through the design stage and now into weaving.
Each weaver has created their own unique design, clearly showing a waterline running through. The challenge was then to work out what order to place the designs to create a coherent collaborative piece! Starting with an initial suggestion from Joan, and with excellent online manipulation of slides in Powerpoint by Anna, the group arrived at an order that we all feel comfortable with.
It’s been fun to get to know our ‘neighbours’ and work out how to make small adaptations in our own design in order to achieve some crossover into the pieces on either side.
We’ve all been busy sampling, and group members are now at different stages in creating their tapestries, sharing progress as we go.
We were delighted to have received applications from around the UK and beyond. Joan had the tricky task of choosing weavers whose styles can be complementary within the composite piece, and we are excited to be bringing together a group of weavers with diverse experience and approaches.
Our first session was in early September. We will be posting our progress on social media (#weavingwaterline), once we get going. Keep an eye out!