A field of flax has been grown in a Plymouth residential area tended by a multi-generational group of volunteers who have been involved in spinning, dyeing and weaving the material to make linen cloth.
The volunteers from Keyham in Plymouth, ranging in age from 8–86 years old, have experienced hands-on farming in nature using regenerative techniques to produce a range of heritage crafts.
Each step of the process will be illustrated in an exhibition to be held at the University's Sustainability Hub showcasing the flax plant at every stage, the low-tech tools and machinery, finished cloth and documentary photographs of the land and people.
The exhibition documents the Green Minds Creative Commission ‘A Mini Flax Farm in the City’ which took place between April and August 2022 at Keyham Green Places, Plymouth, supported by Low Carbon Devon. The project was led by Vicky Putler of the Thorody Flax Project to share with others her experience of linen production from field to fabric.
Join us for the exhibition launch where light refreshments will be provided and you can enjoy the Sustainability Hub, an innovative building renovated to high sustainability standards. There will be an opportunity to have a go at flax processing and flax corn dolly making at the launch.
Please register attendance for the launch via the above link.
The exhibition will run from 6–16 October 2022, 09:00–18:00 (excluding weekends) at the Sustainability Hub, University of Plymouth campus.
Throughout the exhibition, workshops will be taking place at the new Flax Project space at The Plot, 80–84 Union Street, Plymouth, PL1 3EZ. Please check the website flaxproject.uk
About Green Minds
Green Minds is an Urban Innovative Actions (UIC) funded project which aims to better connect people to green and blue spaces within and around the city of Plymouth.
This innovative project is led by Plymouth City Council’s Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Department in collaboration with a range of local stakeholders including the University of Plymouth, Real Ideas, Arts University Plymouth, Devon Wildlife Trust, The Data Place and the National Trust. The project aims to improve the quality and condition of green and blue infrastructure. It also aims to positively enhance people’s interaction and involvement in these spaces, recognising that spending time in green and blue spaces has positive health and wellbeing benefits.