After more than a year of preparation, the World Wide Weave Exhibition has become a reality.
project involves hundreds of people all over the Camphill Movement in
19 nations and regions, with contributions created by 61 communities
throughout Scotland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Ireland, The
Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Finland,
Estonia, Russia, the USA, Canada, South Africa, India, and Vietnam. Some
places produced more than one, and the exhibition also includes a
number of special pieces contributed by individuals.
75 panels celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Camphill Movement which
began on June 1, 1940 when the first small group of pioneers moved into
Camphill House by the River Dee near Aberdeen.
World Wide Weave is an artistic endeavour, meant to be appreciated and
enjoyed as such, but it also carries with it at least four messages...
of all, it embodies the principle of Unity in Diversity. Despite their
huge variation in size, location, and task, and the incredibly rich mix
of people who constantly interweave their lives and destinies in the
network of Camphill communities, they all have the same set of core
principles at heart. The exhibition expresses all the wonderfully varied
and diverse characteristics of single communities coming together in
one great artistic panorama of Camphill.
the exhibition carries a fundamental statement of equality regarding
the potential of people with learning disabilities. The weavers,
felters, tapestry-makers, and embroiderers are artists and artisans in
their own right and can place their work alongside that of mainstream
artists and craftspeople.
third element is that different individuals in a group have
collaborated on a single piece of art, each contributing what they could
towards the finished work. This has been a major feature in the
development of the World Wide Weave. It has been a renewed experience of
community cooperation and an example of social weaving along with the
actual textile work. Many other people have also been involved in those
pieces which incorporate other materials such as pottery, metal, and
wood, bringing together different workshops active in the community.
fourth, most of the communities have used entirely home produced and
recycled materials in the World Wide Weave. A few of the exhibits are
composed almost entirely of recycled materials. Caring for our natural
resources, recycling, and renewal is a special theme that runs
throughout the exhibition.
response to the exhibition from the general public has been extremely
warm and positive. As one visitor expressed it, “the best thing of all
is that it so clearly comes from a living experience of community, and
that’s something that we all need nowadays.”
We are fortunate to have this special Camphill Textile Exhibition that has crossed the ocean to come to Barrie!
75 wall-hangings in weaving, tapestry, felting and other techniques have been travelling worldwide since December 2014.
The exhibition runs from April 7th-22nd 2016 with a special opening reception Saturday April 9th from 2-5pm.
The World Wide Weave exhibition is being held at Collier Street United Church in Barrie and will be open weekdays 10am-4pm.
Admission is Free. For more information, call The Camphill Store at 705-739-1833 or stop by 123 Dunlop St. E., in Barrie.