Superfluous (adj.) from Latin superfluus, meaning literally "overflowing" from superfluere "to overflow," from super "over" + fluere "to flow".
this time of climate change and ecological emergency, humans are creating an endless
flow of waste, much of which ends up polluting our environment.
industry is one of the biggest polluters, as fast fashion and global demand have
eradicated traditions of mending, heirlooms and hand-me-downs.
exhibition by London-based, Irish artist Helena Doyle highlights the global
environmental impact of textile waste. The artworks on display are made entirely
from waste or surplus material, recycled using traditional weaving, knotting
and making techniques to show alternative ways to save cloth going to landfill.
traditional techniques are inspired by the folk art that appears throughout history in every culture; for thousands of years people have used cloth
to create objects that are not just decorative, but also protect the wearer,
bring good luck or to celebrate a festive occasion. The creation of traditional
or folk art is often a group activity, offering an opportunity for people to
these post-Lockdown times we now have the opportunity to come back together,
reconnect and help form a culture of mending and creative reuse. This
exhibition is an invitation to everyone in Hounslow to explore traditional
techniques from global cultures, and experience the joy of folk art reimagined
for our world today.
will run monthly workshops throughout the exhibition, to show you how to make
your own recycled pieces, and to bring Hounslow’s communities together to
share, connect and create.
Visit the exhibition at Watermans Riverside Gallery until 5 March 2024.
This exhibition is part of Creative People & Places
Hounslow’s Visual Arts Programme of exhibitions and events in
libraries and cafes across the borough.
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