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Sociable Weaver (2020) was commissioned by Greenwich + Docklands International Festival (GDIF) as part of the Festival’s Weaving Together programme, whose aim was to celebrate togetherness in the lead up to the festival through metaphors of weaving, tying in with Woolwich’s weaving history.

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.

Weaving Together at GDIF 2020, documentation film

Sociable Weaver installation view, GDIF 2020