Competing for attention...
‘There were fifteen to feed at Midbrake’... another installation by Lois Walpole (Weaving Ghosts exhibition, Herdla Museum, Askøy, Norway)
Midbrake is a place on Yell, Shetland, where Lois Walpole’s grandparents, great aunts & uncles grew up. Basket making & weaving once played a critical role in survival on the Shetlands & it is there she found the washed ashore rope (ghost gear) she used to weave the mats on the table. In fact, all the works in her exhibition use, in some way, materials gathered from the beaches in Shetland, most of it different sorts of plastics, combining & weaving together the ghosts of things once useful, traditions lost & her past heritage.
The Shetland Islands are pretty much straight across the North Sea to the left in the photo, 220 miles (360km). The view is over the north end of Askøy (the island of Herdla), an hours drive north of Bergen, looking north. Only this last weekend, 30 volunteers collected over 700 kilos of plastic based rubbish on a little island (Lamøya) near Herdla. Some of it was date marked from the 70s, some was found in layers in the earth going down half a metre (1 1/2 ft). And, (rephrasing Lois Walpole slightly), while the stuff on the shores is a fantastic material store for a maker (artist), there is way more washed up on the beaches than can ever be turned into art...