Sarah Ward of Lark & Bower makes small hand-woven artworks, created off-loom using a needle and thread. The concept was conceived during lockdown when she had no access to her loom or studio. Desperate to weave, Ward started using birch wood, a needle and some leftover yarn to make small studies of her favourite woven structures; twills, hopsacks, waffle, and houndstooth, whilst pondering why woven structure isn't more celebrated.
All the pieces are woven with industry waste yarn, yarn left over yarn from previous projects or sustainable plant based fibres. Her pieces shine a spotlight on craftsmanship, and on woven structure as an art form in its own right. Hand-weaving is an often forgotten art, and one which Ward feels deserves to be appreciated without necessarily being part of a functional item.
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