My First day today, testing the introduction of my new performance installation in Andover.
Drawing from the history of the woollen trade in Andover, I will walk the heart shaped route of Andover town, (once a route used by farmers to bring sheep to the market).
On my way, I will hand spin local wool, carrying a spindle on a belt to replicate a tradition from Eastern European countries;the women would mix their wool work with other daily chores; the tradition is for their husband to decorate the belt they carry as an expression of love towards their partner.
Your stories will decorate the belt that will carry my spindle and wool, to follow ancient traditions from eastern Europe in which husbands demonstrated their love to their wife through ornaments and patterns created on their spinning belt.
I will feed my thoughts on love, creative collaboration and connections on this blog throughout the journey.
Follow the thread and create connections with Andover people, with artists and with the rest of the world.
“The Heart of Andover”, a workshop with local Jewellery maker Ruth Facey will complete the work. Come and cast your own pewter token to decorate the belt! June 4th, 10.00 to 2.30pm
View more artwork and projects by Laurence at www.laurencerushbyart.co.uk