December, 2013

Weave-O-Rama was an experimental and interactive art project located at the corner of Gloucester St and Colombo St.

Hannah Hutchinson, a young local designer, created a giant sized loom out of recycled timber, tyres and bicycle inner tubes and called it Weave-o-rama.  Through the act of weaving on a giant ‘loom’ people experimented with found and recycled materials and helped to create a shared artwork.  Weave-o-rama was located the corner of Gloucester and Colombo Street (formerly Mum’s 24 restaurant) with Gap Filler’s Sound Garden project and a Greening the Rubble garden.

Hannah had been exploring the re-purposing of waste materials using textile processes as part of her recently completed bachelor of Design and Textile (Honours) through Massey University. Weave-o-rama explored how a 3D form (the frame) could create a sense of community as people interacted with the installation and worked together to create a tactile artwork (the warp).

“Weaving is a simple and easy skill to learn. I hope that Weave-o-rama helped to link people together, re-connect with the city in a new and creative way and at the same creating a new fabric for and of our city… It was exciting to see what people could create out of found and provided materials…” Hannah invited the public to bring along anything from bits of old fabric, zips, cabbage tree leaves, packing-case ties – anything – to weave through the bicycle inner tubes that made up the loom.

This project had been in development since July 2013.  Hannah came to us with the idea and we helped with project planning, sourcing timber, steel and fixings, construction and publicity. Life in Vacant Spaces helped to secure the site and Greening the Rubble agreed to co-site with this project.  Steel and Tube and Canterbury Museum provided materials and local bicycle shops throughout the city donated their old bicycle inner tubes.

Thanks to Simon Guernsey who helped with the installation. And a huge thanks to all the fantastic volunteers; Caitlin Miller, Viv Homewood, Hebe Hope, Zoe Trueman-Hunt, Bernard Hutchinson, Gloria Hutchinson, Alena Woo, Noel Guilfoyle, Ian Johnston, who have provided their time, skills and advice to the project.

Read Gap Filler’s project report.

Thanks to our sponsors:

Canterbury Museum, Steel and Tube, Greening the Rubble, LiVS, Sign Displays