in between tides – Làn-mara

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A collaboration between Severine Amsing, the Isle of Mull Weavers and Knockvologan Studies.

Brought up on the bottom of the sea in a manmade and totally controlled polder, Severine Amsing never took much notice to the ‘wild’ tidal forces. This changed when Miek Zwamborn and Rutger Emmelkamp invited her to cooperate on a weaving project: to weave the landscape of the Isle of Mull, Scotland. Their neighboring weaving mill of Isle of Mull Weavers looks out over the Atlantic Ocean. Instead of the landscape she started weaving the seascape.

In about six hours the sea level lowers from high tide to low tide and in another six hours it rises from low to high tide. The difference, the tidal range, is fluctuating during a month. Apart from the moon-earth-sun constellation the height of the fluctuation depends most of all on local geographical settings.

Traveling to several coastlines Amsing shows the biggest local tidal range with a gauge rod. You are looking at the largest local change in sea level within six hours! It is the mass of water that amazes her. The space in between the extremes. She thereafter weaves a fabric of exactly the size of the largest tidal range. Weaving the mass in between the tides. Different on every piece of coast.

At the coastline of Ardalanish, on the Isle of Mull in Scotland, the largest tidal range in 2018 is 4,27 meter. This tidal range is woven in Ardalanish and presented on Vlieland during Into the Great Wide Open 2018.

Làn-mara is the name of a blanket Amsing designed and produced together with Knockvologan Studies and Isle of Mull Weavers. The deep brown wool from the local Hebridean sheep is woven into seascape blankets in the weaving mill of Ardalanish. Làn-mara is Gaellic and can be translated as tidal. The length of the blanket is alike one of the tidal ranges on the day of weaving at Ardalanish on 26 and 27 March 2018.

Làn-mara was shown in the Knockvologan Observatory at Vlieland during Into the Great Wide Open, 2018. 29 blankets of different lengths, depending on the tidal calendar of the day of weaving. The width is 160 cm.

The 29 blankets are for sale at 220 € each. Order by sending us an email.