Soil Meet Waste

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The Library Exhibitions
Thursday 1 November 2018 – Sunday 13 January 2019

A collaboration between Saori weaver Femke Lemmens and textile artist Maud Barrett, exploring the implications of our social attitude around consumerism and waste through large tapestries and weaves.



Femke Lemmens
Living Weaves | Saori

Saori weaving resonated with the kind of making I wanted to do when first falling in love with weaving, which is a wonderful world crossing art and design in practice. Both to create art or endeavour on any kind of design it is our intuition which should lead the way before any final design concerns come into play. The new revival of craft is often obsessed with smooth minimalism, but new things never come into the world with perfection and initial constraints in mind. Copying and pre-defining an end result will not feel true to ourselves, therefore take away the opportunity to share something new with others.


Maud Barrett Upcycling
What’s it all about?

Maud Barrett studied Product Design in Paris and spent the first years of her professional life working in fashion. When she moved over to the UK, she started practising as a textile artist, working on community projects, exhibiting in galleries and running a wide range of art workshops. Maud is a purposeful repurposer, a veritable master of all things textile, and boasts a magic touch that can transform any discarded material into a treasured new possession. She has extensive experience upcycling materials in both her artistic practice, and her personal life.