Sculpture

Make a criss-cross artwork

Be inspired by weaving, words and patterns to make a relaxing artwork

The plan

Fixing a hole activity at Tate Liverpool

Fixing a hole activity at Tate Liverpool © Tate

Get inspiration from the Beatles song 'Fixing a hole' and think about where your mind wanders.

I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in
And stops my mind from wandering
Where it will go

'Fixing a hole', The Beatles

Look at the patterns in François Morellet's artwork below. It’s quite a calm painting. I wonder what he was thinking about when he made this artwork...

Artists and musicians often do meditative tasks that stop, or start, their minds from wandering. Where do you feel relaxed? When do you daydream?

François Morellet, ‘Two Warps and Wefts of Short Lines 0° 90°’ 1955–6
François Morellet
Two Warps and Wefts of Short Lines 0° 90° 1955–6
Tate
© DACS, 2017

What you need

ribbon and scissors
Grid paper and pencil crayons
garden mesh
ribbons
  • Garden mesh fencing
  • Scissors
  • Ribbons or other strips of colourful material
  • Grid paper
  • Colouring pencils

Do it!

  • Grab your materials and either cut your mesh into squares or roll it out to make a fence. You could use two chairs or two trees in your garden
  • Cut you ribbon into strips
  • Start weaving! You can weave in and out, up and down, however you want
  • After you have made you pattern, take your grid paper and think about what helps you to relax. Is it running, playing your friends, looking at art? Choose one word and write it out using each square to make the work. Here is an example
  • Hang your artworks next to each other. You’ve just made a great relaxing piece of artwork!
Girl weaving © Tate
People colouring © Tate
Boy weaving © Tate
Crafting at Tate Liverpool © Tate

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