Shane Waltener leading a flax processing workshop

Watch: The artist growing flax on the Isle of Dogs

In London’s Isle of Dogs an artist is planting, harvesting, spinning, dyeing and weaving flax with groups of Tower Hamlets residents.

Shane Waltener is a textile artist and performer inspired by traditional crafts and sustainable practices.

His Flax Exchange Project originated in Walton-on-the-Naze as a way to celebrate the processing of flax into cloth and to appreciate the value of fabric.

The London project will last a year, culminating in March 2024, with a choreographed musical performance and an exhibition.

Waltener hopes it will involve the two donkeys from Mudchute City Farm who observed the 100-day flax growing process from their paddock. 

Featured image and images of workshops by Ben Veasey
Images of flax growing and harvesting by Shane Waltener

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