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Flax Exchange Public Workshop at St Margaret’s House

Flax Exchange Public Workshop at St Margaret’s House

November 22, 2023


November 22, 2023

As part of the Flax Exchange project at Craft Central, artist Shane Waltener and weaver Jess Smulders-Cohen will be hosting a public workshop around flax processing and weaving.

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This will be done using a number of handmade tools such as flax brakes, scutchers, and hackles, as well as West African-inspired narrow strip looms made from pollarded willow poles and plant cordage.

Flax Exchange is led by Artist Shane Waltener whose creative practice draws inspiration from ceramics, textiles, and basketry. His work is rooted in ideas of ecology and reuse. Working in participatory settings he aims for the making of objects, installations, and performances to facilitate skill exchanges and with this, the exchange of the cultural and social histories that relate to craft.

You will be processing flax and other bast fibres, spinning, dying, weaving, knitting, crocheting, upcycling and remaking, singing, recording, and moving.

Alongside Shane, Flax Exchange will be hosting a series of textile practitioners who will co-lead sessions (to be announced).

Craft Central is based in the Isle of Dogs and plays a vital role in promoting craftsmanship. We’re focusing on community building; finding opportunities for all groups of people to engage with craft practices.

Tickets: Click HERE

Location: The Create Place, 29 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PL


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