Size (H x W cm) approx: 116 x 42
Not for sale
Materials: Cabled cotton warp with wool weft; plain weave and soumak.
What the artist says:
“Fabric” can mean the basic structure of society or something that is fabricated i.e. items that are created from raw or semi-finished materials.
The area around the mouth of the River Tees became heavily industrialized in the 1850’s with the finding of an incredible seam of ironstone, the basic raw material for iron and steel making. The population size exploded and the fabric of this new society was created and held together by these local industries.
The ships used for exporting these fabricated goods became much bigger and so did the port on the Tees. Sadly the heavy industries have now disappeared and the fabric of the society has, in some places, gone as well. But what has remained is the port; Teesport is now one of the three largest container ports in the country. The design for this tapestry has come from an advertisement for this container terminal.