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The Big Weave with Hector Dyer

June 27 @ 11:00 am - June 29 @ 3:00 pm

FREE Textile and weaving workshops with Hector Dyer. Work on looms for Paisley’s Sma’ Shot Day. Celebrating our textile history.

3 days of FREE workshops working with artist Hector Dyer to make woven textiles. Work that helps celebrate Paisley’s textile history and leading to to Sma’ Shot Day on Sat 1st July.

Participants will learn about the weavers uprising of 1856 when workers fought to be paid for the Sma’ Shot warp threads that the middle men ‘corks’ were not paying for in their textiles.

On Sat 1st July participants will be able to join in a mass public weaving session from 11am till 3pm. Catch the Sma’ Shot parade as it passes by Causeyside and help members of the public take part in the Big Weave.

About Hector Dyer


I am a self-taught artist based in Glasgow whose work spans textiles, performance, and social engagement. My DIY process is an important part of my work. I like to show the thread and stitches that hold something together – I don’t try to hide the construction methods or cover up variations. My work is often soft and fragile, and I want this to be something you can feel and know. A lot of my work is based in collaboration with others, running workshops, and ongoing conversations.

I am interested in telling stories through textiles and the time involved in this kind of work. It has led to exploring the role of the body in this work and how our bodies can become viewed or compared to machines. I have recently been looking at the history of handloom weavers in Paisley – the disabilities they developed through their trade, the poverty they endured, and their struggle for equality and support.


June 27 @ 11:00 am
June 29 @ 3:00 pm
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Steven Thomson, Creative Producer
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The Art Department (former Allders store)
2-10 Causeyside Street, Paisley, PA1 1UQ
Paisley, PA1 1UQ GB
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