Flying into Tiree on the tiny Twin Otter plane from Oban, I knew it was going to be a great day. Not only was the flight a wonderful experience, I knew the pupils work would be amazing living on such a unique island environment. Inspired by the colours, lines, and textures of the stunning Scottish landscape, the pupils of Tiree primary school created beautiful textural pieces of woven fabric.
Working as a design team, they worked in pairs to create their own individual yarns by twisting wools and threads together and slashing lenghts of assorted fabrics, netting, cotton, tartans, and Asian fabrics into ribbons to use as the weft. Using the table tops or large drawing boards as looms, the pupils chose different yarns and fabrics to create their warp, taping and tensioning it to the table at the top and bottom.
What a wonderful thing it is to make cloth!
The flight home was even more wonderful. The afternoon had brought clearer skies, and I was lucky enough to be seated behind the female pilot who pointed out the journeys progress on a map out of the window throughout the flight. I made a few wee movies of the flight on my iPad...