During January and early February this year I went into Tayport Primary School in Fife to carry out a whole school weaving project. Each class wove something different from primary 1 to primary 7. This included 11 classes with children aged between 5 and 11 years old. Each pupil also had the opportunity to weave on a four shaft table loom contributing to 2 school scarves. We all had so much fun. The children learnt a little about the history of weaving in Fife, about child labour in the Dundee jute mills and how children are still employed in the textile industry around the world today. We had some fascinating conversations! Each class activity included using as many recycled materials as possible, including cardboard looms, old clothes and household fabrics, ribbons, wrapping paper, plastic bags and even cutting up an old leather handbag! It was a real joy to work with such enthusiastic children.
Here are some photographs of some of the things we made.
‘Weaving our school community together’.
First scarf woven on the table loom.
Second scarf woven on the table loom.
Woven shields linking in with the class project on Magic Castles.
Kilted teddies going for a picnic in the woods!
Clothes on a washing line.
Weaving clothes and a rag rug.
Craft Scotland are holding a Meet Your Maker event from 7th to 8th September 2013, to show case contemporary crafts and makers at work in 8 different locations across Scotland over the same weekend. I’ve been asked to attend the St Andrews Museum event here in Fife, which is open between 10 and 5pm each day.
Craft Scotland say
‘The event will give a ‘behind the scenes’ look at craft, so you can see what is involved in being a maker: from the design process, skill, commitment and creativity involved into the range of techniques that makers employ in their work’.
If you are in the area, do pop in, it would be great to meet you!
Check out their website: www.craftscotland.org
Simon Caplan came up from Bristol today to take some professional photographs for Heritage Crafts Association. This was for the weaving activity I submitted for their Teachers Resource Pack, but the brief also included images of me at my loom and some of my work. We had great fun and I highly recommend him.
Check him out on www.simoncaplanphotography.co.uk
I look forward to seeing the finished images but until then, here are some shots I took of him!!
Some of my scarves in a setting arranged by Simon.
These are some photographs I thought you might like to see of some weaving projects I did in two primary schools in Shetland. Theses were Bells Brae and Whiteness Primary Schools. The photographs are courtesy of GlobalYell, The Centre for Creative Industries in Shetland. (www.globalyell.org). An inspiring organization that promotes education and training in textiles and music in Shetland.
Weaving a school Shetland tweed, on a 4 shaft table loom.
All ages contributed to weaving the tweed.
Children used recycled materials to make woven wall hangings.
We used plastic bags to make mats for sitting on.
We also had a go on a peg loom and made a rag rug.
Weaving on a peg loom.
More photographs can be found on the GlobalYell website.
Heritage Crafts Association, a UK wide organization that promotes craft makers and their work, has chosen one of my school weaving activities to include in their new Teachers Resource Pack. This is a new idea to help school children between the ages of 7 – 12 years learn more about countryside crafts and have a go for themselves. There are to be 6 different case studies on different crafts and a set of instructions with photographs to show teachers how to carry out each activity in their schools.
I am very excited that they have chosen my weaving ideas. A professional photographer is coming up to take pictures in June.