By The Banks of the River Lea: Ali Holloway exhibition

Ali Holloway on opening night in front of Glen Faba and Waulads Bank

Ali Holloway on opening night in front of Glen Faba and Waulads Bank

An exhibition of woven textiles called By The Banks of the River Lea has opened at Three Mills.

The show is the result of a long walk last autumn down the Lea Valley Walk by weaver Ali Holloway.

She has woven cloth “to recall the colours, textures, moods and rhythm of the walk”.

It is not only her interpretation which one might find fascinating but the names of places given to the works: Thistly Marsh, Manifold Ditch, Glen Faba and Grotto Wood.

Ali has not just walked from Luton to Limehouse but dug deep into the terrain. Her photographs, although small and displayed at the back of the room, show tree tunnels and other aspects easily missed by those of us who think we know the valley well.

The exhibition at The House Mill is open 11am-4pm until Sunday 11 May except May Bank Holiday Monday and Tuesday.

Three Mills is at the end of Three Mill Lane near Bromley-by-Bow Station.

Ali Holloway has written a River Lea walk blog.

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