tapestry tide line

Alice Fox Tide Line (detail)

The Tide Marks exhibition features a range of works on paper and cloth as well as some small tapestry weave pieces.  This is the first time that I’ve shown weave as part of an exhibition.  Weave is very much a part of my practice but I tend to use it as a way of collecting things together, part of my process rather than the finished work.  I have often used tapestry weave to bring found items together, partly as a way of exploring the possibilities of the material and getting to know it.  You really understand a fibre when you spend time with it, manipulating and seeing how far you can push it.  Weave requires tension.  Some things just can’t cope with this, whereas others can surprise in how they withstand it.

Alice Fox tapestry weave with found object

Alice Fox tapestry weave with found object and rust

These small woven fragments all have a found metal object embedded within them.  These metal marks form a line, like a line of debris left by the tide.  They are dark marks within light weave but their mark spreads into the weave as sea water has worked on the metal and taken it into the fibre around.  You can see a little sequence of images taken when these were first introduced to sea water here.

These pieces are like a collection of random objects found along that tide line: scraps of things, some rounded, some tattered, some pleasing in shape and compact enough to sit pleasingly in the hand or pocket, some more ungainly.  The quality of the weave differs: some is tight and affected by the shape of the embedded object, some is more loose, imperfect.  They undulate in response to the forces that have been exerted on them. These are imaginary items: one could almost imagine they’d been woven by mermaids.

Alice Fox Tide Line fragments

20 thoughts on “tapestry tide line

  1. Oh wow Alice, as a weaver I wish I’d thought of this first, I do use sea glass, pebbles, driftwood and soon to be added feathers from the beach but hadn’t thought of immersing my weavings. Can’t wait to see your exhibition, hope to be there on 2nd November.

    • Thanks Debbie. It’s something I’ve been toying with for a while. Looking forward to seeing them up on a wall now…

  2. I see an ebb and flow of time as well! These remind me of old knittings and needles left for some reason in midstream an age ago…with a story left behind to be told. I think your beautiful artworks bring out the poet in me 🙂

    • I think writing about my work sometimes brings out the poetry, but good to know it might bring it out in someone else as well!

  3. hi .. i am one of those readers who has been here, on your website, for years …. first time commenting – love you work, always interesting, connective, intellectual or rather intelligent, explorative with wonderful outcomes….sometimes i wonder if your reject pile is as high as mine?

    this weaving with found object is lovely … i love the different personalities of the found objects – that one that is bent back on itself is gorgeous ! i am moved to comment because of that circular? rusty bit at top right hand corner of last pic- it is intruiging me (greatly) >>> kind regards


    • Thanks Gina, and thank you for commenting. Sometimes you do wonder who these people are that read regularly and it is nice to hear from you. That circular rusty bit is a very large washer that I found on a beach in Scotland. I enjoyed finding different ways to incorporate the round ones.

  4. Great to see the results Alice. Your patience is rewarded. Love how the cover of Tidmarks has that distinct look of sand about it when the tide has just washed away.
    Thanks to your inspiration I have set off on a journey of discovery with rust…have called my series; relics, remains… it will be ongoing but was delighted with success at recent Open Studios. You have also been acknowledged and were my chosen artist for review in my City and Guilds course Module 4 where your use of sketchbooks was highlighted. Many thanks

  5. I really enjoyed your workshop at Ruth’s on Saturday, thank you so much for a lovely day. I love your work and hope to see you again sometime. I feel inspired to go hunting on my beach now. Thanks again, Pat

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