Flax Exchange workshop
From September to December 2024 Poplar Union will be hosting Craft Central’s Flax Exchange, a series of workshops exploring homegrown and sustainable textiles practices, movement and sound.
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 textiles practitioners who will co-lead sessions (dates tbc).
Processing flax / breaking, scutching and hackling retted flax
Making heddles / for loom weaving
Laying and setting a warp / on a West African (Mende) inspired tripod loom
Loom weaving / on the above mentioned loom