The Experimental Weave Lab

Industry innovation

The Experimental Weave Lab, (TEWL), is the City of London’s first contemporary, innovative, experimental textile weaving season.

Experimental Weave Lab

The exhibition is curated by Philippa Brock (member of the Compaqny) and Elizabeth Ashdown, this six-month season supports an exciting programme of short and long-term weaving residencies, talks, workshops and outreach work culminating in a final exhibition throughout September 2022.The season will explore the experimental, sustainable and interstitial spaces that weavers work within throughout UK craft, research, art, design and industry.

Each resident will be tasked with pushing the boundaries of their practice within their time at the Lab, with the residencies being supported to enable all residents to be able to spend a prolonged period of time researching and developing both new and established approaches to their craft. In total, the Lab will be supporting 10 weavers working in a variety of on loom and off loom approaches.


London Craft Week

The Experimental Weave Lab will connect with London based events throughout the programme, including London Craft Week, The Crafts Council Make, Make! Craft! Live! and London Design Festival. For London Craft Week, The Experimental Weave Lab is presenting a special programme of curated events and an exhibition, exploring the rare and fascinating world of handmade passementerie. One of the oldest of all the textile arts, passementerie is classed as an endangered craft by the Heritage Crafts Association and historically was designed and made in the City of London. The Lab will therefore be presenting a series of live contemporary passementerie demonstrations by Elizabeth Ashdown, Jessica Light and Clare Hedges.

Dates & Times:
Wednesday 11th May, 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
Thursday 12th May, 10am-4pm
Friday 13th May, 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 15th May, 10am – 4pm

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