Stroudwater Canal Wanderings

This is the upper part of the hanging , it shows three panels linked by red wool hanging from a tangled skein of the same red wool wrapped around a clothes hanger.
There are many interesting images in the Stroud Navigation Canal archive but these are the ones that particularly called out to me and I made work in response to weaving in my personal exploration of the psychogeography of the canal. Here is the canal joining the River Severn, the outline of willows along the canal bank, and my print showing the wild water being tamed and used by the creation of the locks.
Here are the lower panels and part of the tail which includes a holed stone at the very end of the strand of red wool which links the piece together. This stone represents the end weight of a wool spindle.

Stroudwater Wanderings some more thoughts behind the making of this work


This is one of the panels from my wall hanging ” Stroudwater Wanderings” created for the Wool and Water exhibition at Newark Park this autumn. Each of the eight panels that make up this work show a different image inspired by the archive and my own musings about the psychogeography of the Canal. I live close to the canal and frequently walk beside it. This panel lists some of the interesting names given to the local springs, water sources and wells which feed into the Frome and the Stroudwater Canal. Many however are unnamed like the one by the backdoor of my own cottage. They attracted human settlement here many thousands of years ago and were considered sacred or magical. A potent aspect of the Spirit of the land through which the canal flows.

Treasures of the Canal

Working on an exhibition at Newark Park as part of Wool and Water festival.


I joined the artists responding to this archive of material regarding the building of the Stroudwater Canal. The Stroud Artist Book group will be showing this work at Newark Park in September. The organiser and curator Tonia Maddison is a member of SAB.