Jo Atherton exhibiting at Not A Drop, London

Written by nikkirichie

On September 8, 2013

flotsam1Ex Digswell Arts Trust Fellow, Jo Atherton has been selected to participate in Not A Drop, a 48-hour arts event that will use creativity to draw attention to the ecological, social and political issues associated with water.

As part of the exhibition, Jo will be showing three tapestries comprised completely from flotsam she has collected from the East Anglian coastline.

These colourful weavings are initially striking, but on realising they are comprised completely from marine debris, their existence becomes all the more alarming.

Jo explains, “marine detritus is symptomatic of a growing problem and worryingly, Greenpeace reports that the quantity of small plastic fragments floating in the Pacific Ocean has increased 100 fold in just 40 years.”

As every tide brings with it a new collection of orphaned objects curated by waves, Jo ponders every item’s untold story – who owned them and how did they arrive on a Norfolk beach?

Not  A Drop is taking place on September 28th and 29th 2013 at 47/49 Tanners Street, London, SE1 3LP.

Find out more about Jo’s work on her blog, www.flotsamweaving.com or visit www.notadrop.org.uk for all the event details.

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