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These are photos of  ‘WARP + WEFT’ by Katharina Hinsberg from the textile arts exhibition Cloth & Memory (2), curated by Lesley Miller.

The work of 23 UK and international artists is exhibited in the former Spinning Room of Titus Salt’s Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford.

In 1853 when the mill complex was completed, it was the largest factory in the world and in its heyday the mill manufactured over 30,000 yards of alpaca cloth (using fleece imported from Peru) per day. The Spinning Room is 168 meters long and the exhibition catalogue details how at the peak of production the Spinning Room ‘contained 16,380 cap spindles for spinning yarn. Raw fleece arrived at the top of the building and was processed down through the building to emerge as finished cloth.’

Hinsberg’s work responds to the space the exhibition inhabits. It references the materiality of the spinning process by its use of a simple red yarn that is used first to measure the space and then as material to remake the room as a scale model (1:100) plan or diagram. The yarn is material, memory, measurement and dimension. Employing the line and the grid she creates an abstracted but tangible model of the space and its history that makes connections between yarn, weaving, production, architecture and process.

Cloth & Memory (2)
Salts Mill
West Yorkshire BD18 3LA


A recent purchase, research for ‘Tape Measure’. One old typewriter ribbon from Imperial Business Equipment Ltd., Leicester, England. BLK/RED

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First test for a larger sculptural weave project, although at the moment there is no weave in it just one continuous piece of weft yarn.

The title is made up of three technical terms from handloom weaving: castle / shed / chain. The castle sits on top of the loom’s shafts and organises the warp thread, the shed is the space created between the upper and lower warp threads and a chain describes how the warp threads are organised in preparation for threading on to a loom. Castle / shed / chain also suggests a hierarchy and metaphor for the organisation, mechanisation and regulation of the early textile mills.

I’ve made a small test model that is sized to fit into my sketchbook. The landscape A4 card folds out to a 90º angle and in doing so pulls the yarn taut. The yarn is held in tension as long as sufficient pressure is applied. I’ve used corrugated card that is too thin and is easily pulled out of shape and I didn’t use a long enough piece of yarn and therefore you can see a knot in one of the photographs. Despite these problems I’m pleased with this first test and will make a second larger version. This project leads on from the preparatory sketch posted under ‘Drawing’ (January 20, 2013).



Snowed in and can’t get to my studio in Brixton, so decided to upload these versions of a working drawing. The tape is for a stencil which will represent the yarn on a frame. I need to work on the sequencing and structure of the yarn as it wraps around what will be two frames. I’m thinking about the making of the warp chain on a warping mill, in preparation for threading onto a handloom for weaving.

The chain is wound in a particular order and formed into a chain as it is brought off the mill. It looks a bit like a strudel. This video gives you an idea. I’m interested in creating a notation and schematic that describes the elaborate and choreographed motion of the hand and the yarn.

The woodgrain paper is from Paperchase. It’s for doll’s houses, and they’ve stocked it for years.  It’s printed on very thin cheap paper and I’m addicted to it.

Luddite Drawings (#4,5,6,7)

A1 newsprint, pencil, carbon copy, folding and cutting.

The Handweavers Studio & Gallery

Just spent two intensive weekends doing the Handweavers studio ‘Introduction to Weaving’ short course in London, N7.

Films on Paper

Images of Peter Kubelka’s FILMS ON PAPER, 1958-1960, exhibited in the Drawing Room’s recent Graphology show (10 May – 30 June 2012)

Homfirth Arts Festival 2012

Writing Frame, installed in The Old Print Shop, 19 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth. From Sunday 17 to Sunday 24 June 2012.

Homfirth Arts Festival 2012

Here’s a link to the Facebook event page for Writing Frame:

Homfirth Arts Festival 2012

The Nook Brewhouse, Holmfirth has specially brewed two festival beers, Twisted In and Sedition. I’ve designed the pump label image for Twisted In (a light ale, 4.0%). Both beers are being served as a draught at the Towser Bothy, Carniceira and the Nook during the festival.