Artist in Residence at Wakehurst (Royal Botanic Gardens Kew) for the Meadow Festival and accompanying Meadow Folk exhibition, 2014.
The residency, ‘Meadow Weave‘ involved working with with species-rich hay plants, grown and harvested on site.
The brief was to explore the creative possibilities of the material and to make a piece that would be installed in the timber-framed buildings opposite the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst.
I made over 70 metres of hay rope using hay cut from the Wakehurst meadows. I looped the rope into a large circular knotless netted structure (diameter 2 metres).
Work in progress (left).
This structure was suspended to create a convex form in the roof space of an open-sided timber-framed building near the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst.
The piece references the context of hay-making; how the activity binds communities together.
Hay rope coiled with phormuim leaf fibre. Diameter of vessel 94cm.
Exhibited at Making Lewes 2014.
Meadow Vessel, work in progress: coiling hay rope using a bone fid and phormium leaf fibre.
You can see further photos, watch video clips and read more about the work and its development in my blog.