Tag - weaving

Makership as an Act of Resistance

By Eloïse Sentito, nomadic handweaver of These Isles I’m a handweaver, an occupation I chose as marginally more feasible and achievable than the musical one that my heart would wish. And I was always bound to a certain type of landscape. This was Dartmoor’s rugged torscape when I first went into business, and then an unavoidable uprooting made me reconsider the identities of both self and business as I took us both a-travelling these isles. In an old converted motorhome, I [...]

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The Selkie – Weaving & The Wild Feminine

Kate Stuart is an artist, craftswoman and writer based in the North East of England. Owner of The Phoenix Green Store, she is currently in the process of transforming it into Newcastle Upon Tyne’s first zero waste shop. Here, she writes about a recent exhibition by fellow craftswoman, Imogen Di Sapia, entitled The Selkie – Weaving & The Wild Feminine. Imogen Di Sapia is an accomplished craftswoman and storyteller who marries her skills in textile art, puppet making and weaving [...]

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Sarah Cross: Hand Spinner, Weaver and Knitter

Hi, I’m Sarah a hand spinner, weaver and knitter based in wild and windy Mid Wales, UK. I’m passionate about reducing textile and fashion industry waste. As a result, I use waste fibres and leftover stock from textile mills and re-process it so that I can spin it into unique yarns. These are then sold as individual yarn skeins or are used by me to create one of a kind woven or knitted garments and accessories. Sarah’s work is featured in the [...]

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Stepping Back in Time – Knockando Woolmill

Early this year, Kate Stuart, our NSN contributor and owner of The Phoenix Green Store, visited Knockando Woolen Mill, an old woolmill in Scotland that contains textile machinery from different periods over the centuries. The Trust who renovated the mill buildings works to educate the general public about the historical significance of the mill while keeping alive the weaving and spinning traditions of the area.   There is something slightly eerie about stepping into a space where the activity therein has remained [...]

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Maria Voto: The Importance of Keeping Traditional Handicrafts Alive

Words from the only weaver from Vico del Gargano, Italy. Once upon a time looms were constantly working at Vico del Gargano. And women had a fundamental role in the development of handicrafts, particularly woven fabrics for everyday use and special occasions, for furnishing, and for the house in general. Looms where then an essential aspect of the domestic economy which also involved the cultivation of hemp. But this scenario is impossible to find nowadays in the region, and actually Maria [...]

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Learning to Weave: First Steps

With this captioned photo story, and the following glossary, No Serial Number gets a glimpse into the world of weaving. Once upon a time, weaving was an essential activity. There was easy access to the raw materials (yarn) and having a loom in the house was a necessary part of life. Weaving was an activity reserved for women, who used it to produce all the textiles that their families needed. There were certainly those who still wove at home up until the [...]

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