Line’s woven art invokes the physical and emotional landscape of her childhood, informed by artisanal processes. ABSENCE is a response to the land and light in the north of Norway during dark winter months.
‘In arctic Norway, the extreme absence and presence of light throughout the seasons have an influence on mind and body,’ she says. ‘I want the work to evoke emotion, so the viewer feels the gravity of the arctic winter, demonstrating how a season without any sunlight can feel both dark and light at the same time.’
Line makes her work on a mechanical floor loom in her Nottingham studio. Each piece is hand painted with ink before weaving. Once the warp has dried, the loom can be set up, one yarn at a time. The 1,120 strands of yarn are woven in to light delicate cloth using a fine lurex weft. The weave is mounted to a stained wood header, allowing the fabric to hang elegantly in any space. This is a hand-crafted product, making each piece unique, so variations occur in the painting and weaving process.