Texts, Textiles and Textures

Responding to a request from a regular attendee at our workshops, this morning we are thinking about how texts can explore ideas of texture and textiles – they do after all share a linguistic root ‘text’.

This morning we will read three poems and look at an interesting visual art installation.

We’ll talk about how ideas of texture (hard, soft, rough, smooth and so on) can be literal as well as metaphorical.

We’ll love to hear from the artists amongst our group about their own practical insights.

The Texts


Walt Whitman (1819-1892), ‘Weave in, My Hardy Life’

Weave in, weave in, my hardy life,
Weave yet a soldier strong and full for great campaigns to come,
Weave in red blood, weave sinews in like ropes, the senses, sight weave in,
Weave lasting sure, weave day and night the weft, the warp, incessant weave, tire not,
(We know not what the use O life, nor know the aim, the end, nor really aught we know,
But know the work, the need goes on and shall go on, the death-envelop’d march of peace as well as war goes on,)
For great campaigns of peace the same the wiry threads to weave,
We know not why or what, yet weave, forever weave.


Linda Norton (b.1943), ‘Patterns for Arrans’


Maria Yablonina

Mobile Robotic Fabrication system | portfolio (mariayablonina.com)


Don Patterson (b.1963), ‘The Thread’