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Weaving Ghosts

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About this project

A touring exhibition.
Ghost gear is the term given to discarded nets, ropes and other objects that float about in the oceans trapping marine life and endangering shipping. Large quantities of this stuff drifts onto the beaches of Shetland. Working with these materials allows me to draw attention to the problems they cause and to explore their potential. My Shetland family and the ghostly remains of the Shetland basket tradition were also an important inspiration for this body of work.


£15 — £1500


basketry, recycled, weaving, installation


Basketry, Textiles, Conceptual


Recycled, Organic Material
Buoy Bags
Photographer: Lois Walpole
Hand bags made from found buoys, rope, a crab cage hook, floats and a catch from an old bag.
The Ossuary
Photographer: Lois Walpole
6m x 1.5 . Skeleton forms of traditional Shetland baskets twined from natural grasses and rushes with found ropes and bones.
North Atlantic Drift
Photographer: Lois Walpole
1.5m x1.5m. Coiled baskets made from found plastics, ropes, ceramic fragments and natural materials.

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