zondag 27 juni 2010
Travis is a weaver.
He builds his own looms and weaves textiles,
cloth blankets and such by hand, but his practice is also much more than that.
It is social and educational in the best sense.
He organises communal production,
workshops and guerrilla interventions,
where he brings his loom into public places or
private buildings and gives spontaneous weaving demonstrations
for the people that he meets.
He is very much concerned with questions of individual freedom
and of unalienated labour, the ideals of pleasure in one’s own work,
ownership of the means of production, and uncommodified distribution.
The work of Travis is explicitly anti-industrial and handmade.
He is maybe part of a wider recent cultural moment,
a craft revival and an increased interest in do-it-yourself approaches.
I like Travis! :-)