concrete textile

Last week I collected my Beach Ghosts prints from Artlink in Hull and took a little time on my way back to say hello to the Humber Estuary.  I walked briefly on the foreshore almost under the north end of the Humber Bridge.  It isn’t the most glamorous foreshore in the world but there is something about that point where land meets water that is captivating whatever the situation.

Alice Fox Humber bank sketch

I took a brisk walk in the sharp wind, making a few quick scribbly sketches before the biting cold took hold of my fingers.

Alice Fox Humber bank concrete textile 2

The bank here has the most intriguing erosion control.  It has a fluid smooth form and was obviously created using a textile basis filled with concrete that was then hardened.  These bulging shapes still have vestiges of their textile origins but are now solid concrete, complete with zips and woven surface texture.  It reminded me of the innovative stuff some textile designers and artists have done integrating concrete in their work, for example here, here and here.

Alice Fox Humber bank concrete textile 1Alice Fox Humber bank concrete textile 3

9 thoughts on “concrete textile

  1. How fantastic that there is an actual zip still embedded! I wonder what it originally was. It almost looks like old chair cushions, complete with buttoning!

    • Hi Margaret. I don’t think it is recycling but just the method they used to construct the bank defences. I’ve looked online and this is a pretty common construction technique to sure up something quickly. There are all sorts of concrete impregnated textiles used in civil engineering now which harden once they are wet. Strange but I imagine very practical!

    • That’s great Sue (glad you still like it!). Send me a picture of where you decide to put it, I’d be interested to see it in situ. I often wonder whether people have them on display or whether they keep them folded up and take them out to look at then put away again…

  2. Fascinating and beautiful…. The simpler version is cement in hessian sacks; often used for canal bank repairs. I’ve been given some plaster-impregnated fabric (modelling muslin?) to experiment with for fabric manipulation. Fascinated to see how/ if it works for what I want to do…

  3. I LOVE this! Could you perhaps post a pic taken from farther away? I would love to see a larger perspective. Thinking how I could incorporate something like this into our yard…

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