A Field of Flax: seed-packs & sow-along
From seed to flax – artist Raisa Kabir invites you to join us in the collective act of planting and growing flax, as part of an environmental public art happening taking place in Linacre.
Over different sites across Bootle, we will be planting flax flowers, to hopefully grow and harvest the fiber to create home-grown linen thread. We will be growing flax in parks, next to the library, in planters and community centers across Linacre, using the growing process to tap into conversations about the environment and sustainability. Whilst we can’t all be together, we are inviting the people of Linacre to grow along with us in their gardens and plant pots, to contribute to the production of home-grown thread.
If you would like the seeds to grow your own flax at home, we have two options available so everyone can take part if they wish:
- Seed-packs with instructions
- Seed-packs with a plant pot, compost and instructions
Free seed-packs, pots and compost will be available to collect from the side garden at Bootle Library or The Gateway Collective in North Park on Thursday 1 April from 12:30 – 2:30 PM. People are welcome to come and collect what they need; whether you have a nice spot in your garden and just need some seeds, or you need a pot and compost to grow flax on your doorstep — everyone can take part. If you are isolating or cannot make it to collect, but still want to take part, let us know and we will deliver what you need to your house.
Everything is free, but to ensure we have enough for everyone who is interested, please email to let us know what you need: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you receive a seed-pack, then you are welcome to join us over Zoom for a sow-along on Saturday 3th April at 2:00 pm, marking 100 days till harvest begins. Lead artist Raisa Kabir will introduce her project and delve into its origins, with the initial seeds of ideas planted in Bootle Library back at the beginning of 2020. She will also discuss some of the histories behind Linacre’s connection with flax flowers, textiles production in the North West. Afterward, you will be invited to sow your seeds outdoors.
Let us know in your email for seed-packs if you would like to join the online sow-along and we will send you a link.
A Field Of Flax
A project by Raisa Kabir, Rule of Threes Arts and Taking Root