Lost in Linen: From Flax Cultivation to Weaving Linen Cloth


Preview 26/09/2018, 7:00pm

Continues 27/09/2018 – 26/10/2018



Island Arts Centre Lisburn, Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn BT27 4RL

t: 028 9250 9509



Exhibition by Sirpa Mörsky.

When studying at Wetterhoff Institute of Craft, Design and Teacher Education in Hämeenlinna, Finland in the late 70s,  was interested in gaining knowledge about flax cultivation using old traditional methods and tools. Finally I managed to get a piece of land for my own flax field, size 25 x 25 meters, and engaged in raw flax treatments to make linen fibre (including the following steps – pulling, stooking, threshing/rippling, sea/field/snow retting, drying, breaking, scutching, hackling/heckling).

Then spinning yarn from my own fibres using either spindle or spinning wheel, in order to weave fabric, and finally to sew a range of products. All of my woven works are for every day life not for the cupboards, and as we say in Finland “Linen gets better when used”.


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