Field of Flax
A time-traveling exploration of place with community growers in Bootle-cum-Linacre, ‘A Field of Flax’ is a year-long public art and deeply engaged community project devised and lead by artist and weaver Raisa Kabir.
Before the imports of cotton for spinning & weaving began in the 18th Century, the North West of England was home to the indigenous production of wool & linen. Together we will unearth local histories and transform Bootle into a collective garden, as we grow, process, spin & weave a ‘field’ of flax in collaboration with Taking Root — a network of community gardens, gardeners and volunteers. Local people will work with us to nurture flax in public spaces, plant pots, schools, and parks across Linacre, working together to produce linen thread, which we will then weave into a permanent artwork.
We will use the growing process as a mechanism to delve deeper into Bootle’s histories and connect threads to sustainable futures in Sefton. Artists, thinkers and activists will be invited to join us and explore themes of commoning, land rights, climate change & environmental justice throughout the project.
We are looking to give large unloved pots a new home and future in Bootle, as part of our grow-at-home kits that will be given to local people, so they can grow and nurture flax at home, whilst we cannot gather together. Ideally, pots will be ten inches deep or larger to allow the flax flower enough room to grow — all donated pots will go to a good home, and be very much appreciated.
If you have an old pot at home and would like to recycle it for our project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and we will give you a day to leave it on your front door step, so we can collect it safely.