Sociable Weaver was a collaboration with Rosebud Centre for Girls, a Woolwich based support centre for young women. Over a perdiod of three months spanning Lockdown, I taught a group of girls aged 9 – 14 how to weave over a series of online workshops. They were all first-time weavers, and learnt how to make a ‘solidarity square’ using materials readily found at home: plastic bags and food packaging. Together we designed a site-specific installation to house these solidarity squares.
There was an intension for the girls to teach visitors in on-site workshops how to weave, and for them to be able to add their own solidarity squares to the installation, however we replaced this with a video tutorial due to Covid limitations and people instead engaged with the work by weaving pieces in their own homes and sharing them online.
Working with Rosebud and GDIF was a real bright moment in 2020.