Interwoven – Groups
Thank you for taking a look at Interwoven, the textile project at the heart of Walk for Earth. We’d love you to be involved.
There are two ways you can take part:
1. Make some hand-spun and plant-dyed yarn for the Interwoven piece:
We want small amounts of plant-dyed yarn from locations along the route of Walk for Earth. If you have connection with a Craft Leader – a skilled craftsperson in your locality – who works with hand-spinning, plant-dyes, and natural yarns, let them know about Interwoven – you could email them the link to the page on this website for Plant Dyers. They will need to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. See if you can work together to contribute some plant-dyed yarn.
2. Make your own creative contribution to our online gallery
This is a three-step challenge, which includes a physical element. If you’re able to do all three, that would be amazing! Let us know what you decide to do using the email above.
Step One: do your own mini-‘walk for Earth’ where you’re based, and if you can, make it a fundraiser by using our Walk for Earth fundraising link . We will send you this. Read about how to do your walk.
Step Two: make a creative piece based on your walk using inspiration from the natural world. This could be tapestry weaving, stitching, or any other technique you use. We’re collating an online gallery of images of everyone’s contributions, so be ready to photograph yours!
Step Three: Then, we’re asking for your help by showing your support for ecocide law: we’ll give you a template to easily email, tweet or message your local MP (Minister for Parliament) and link to your piece in the online gallery. Help us reach our target of 1,000 voices for ecocide law.
Want more support? Here’s a plan you can follow:
- Check if you’re on our route
Check the Walk for Earth towns and cities map, and check your distance from the route. If you’re within roughly 10 miles of it, and your group is interested in meeting Zoe and Falco, let us know. To get the map, and tell us your location, email us at email@example.com
- Plan how you want to take part
If you’re a craft or creative group that already meets regularly and you have your own resources, read on.
If you’re a group that meets regularly but doesn’t usually do any crafting, you can still contribute! Go to ‘How to Join Walk for Earth’ to find out how.
- Decide how to evaluate
How will you keep a record of your involvement in this project? How might you record any changes between the start and end of the project, in terms of your (and the other participants’) sense of connection with the living world locally, what you know, and how you feel about engaging with issues of climate and ecology? We’ll be collecting evaluations at the end through an online survey.
- Find your sources of inspiration
Identify a local place of natural beauty or nature reserve near to your group, where you’ll be able to immerse yourselves in the natural world to get inspiration first-hand. Are there any threatened species of flora or fauna in your region that you could depict in your creative piece? You might want to contact a local ecologist or nature reserve volunteer group leader, to give your group a tour and highlight important habitats or species.
- Introduction and discussion
Talk about the aims of the project with your group to help generate a sense of motivation and context. For discussion/investigation:
- How do people in your group feel about the issues behind the walk. Why is it important to them?
- The theme of your contribution is: ‘What inspires you in the living world where you are.’ This might be something you love and want to protect. How might an ecocide law be important to protect species from extinction?
- Plan your own mini-‘walk for earth’ as a group. Look at ‘How to Join Walk for Earth’ for instructions.
- If your group is within roughly 10 miles of Zoe and Falco’s route, you might be able to join us. Check the ‘Walk for Earth’ map and timescale to see roughly when you might be able to join us. You might want to turn your walk into a contribution to our fundraiser – we’ll give you a link to do this
- Explore materials for creating your contribution to the online gallery
This can be fun and low-pressure just to get a taste of what potential there is for your piece.
- Trips into nature for inspiration
Make a trip out to your chosen place of natural beauty. This could be just one trip, or the first of several, depending on how you want to run things.
Your group should take what you might need to record any inspiration you get while out: cameras/phones to take photos; plain-paper notebooks to make sketches if you want to. You could look up any unfamiliar plants or wildlife when you’re back home.
You might want to combine visiting this place with a consideration of the Earth Protector Communities Declaration. Would your group want to sign one yourselves, or if your group has children or young people, perhaps some of them might want to suggest it to their school – any school can become an Earth Protector Community. This could be an opportunity for members of the group to take leadership around an environmental issue.
When you’re out in nature, remember to allow time for slowness. We’ve got some suggestions…
- Plan your design
We suggest starting with dimensions of 30 x 30cm – but do what you feel comfortable with. Your piece can be woven, stitched, felted, or use another technique you’re familiar with. Sketch the design first: which elements will go where? If you’re stitching, you could lightly mark out the area to stitch on, or tack on a drawing traced from a photograph and stitch outlines through the paper, removing the paper when finished so you can complete any further details.
- Photograph your creation and post the photo into the Walk for Earth online gallery
We will supply details of how to do this.
- Email, or use social media to message your MP (feel free to use our template), and make sure you link your message to the image of your piece in the online gallery.