HedgeWorld began its growth in January 2018, in my neighbourhood at the time of Ladbroke Grove. I situated myself under the Westway flyover, a polluting force in the area - and taught passers by how to weave squares of 'hedge' out of green household fabrics, using polystyrene chip boxes as looms. These chip boxes litter the streets in Ladbroke Grove. I then instigated pop-up Hedgeworld weaving workshops in two more of London's most polluted neighbourhoods: South Bermondsey and Charing Cross.
Workshops took place on the street, in community centres and as part of educational programmes. I taught lots of people how to weave, using chip-boxes as looms. We created a collaborative hedgerow of over 200 woven pieces. This page documents the growing process. Conversations took place - about community, the home, weaving, green space, collaboration and much more - these moments shared are recorded in the woven layers of each piece.
In April 2018 I held an exhibition in the Hockney Gallery, RCA South Kensington. I invited each person who wove a square to join me for a 'garden party' inside the hedgerow. At event, we continued to weave and had a community picnic; the hedge grew around the gallery walls in the process.
HedgeWorld Hockney Gallery, RCA, April 2018
HedgeWorld growing London locations and Hedgeworld in the Hockney Gallery, January - April 2018