A blurry image of a gallery space with pillars wrapped in blue

Net-Work by Adrian Baker

NetWork Installation mounted in the Mississippi Mills Textile Museum, Almonte, ON (2020)

Net-Work by Adrian Baker

Through public participation, Baker has created an exhibition of hundreds of colourful, interwoven strands, which visitors are free to walk among.

Dates: April 27 – July 6, 2024

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays

Vernissage: April 27 2024, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Net-Work is a socially-engaged fibre art installation that has drawn widespread interest and participation across Canada and worldwide. Embodying the vast underground webs of mycorrhizal fungi and roots that enable symbiotic tree interaction, this collaborative project functions as a collective expression of care for our non-human kin.

Baker has been inviting the public to participate by crafting long, fibrous “strands” using re-purposed yarn or textile as their medium. To date, over 300 strands have been created by a diverse range of participants including artists, fibre guild members, and amateur crafters. The strands – each up to 4.5 meters long – are woven, knitted, crocheted, braided, and stitched using hand-spun & dyed wool, synthetic yarns, fabric remnants, reeds, fleece, jute, burlap, plastic, wire, shells and beads.

The installation of hundreds of colourful, interwoven strands encompassing the entire gallery will enable visitors to walk among the strands, suggesting the experience of moving through a huge underground network of roots and fungi.

Baker considers this community-engaged project to be a creative form of environmental activism. Promoting discourse on our mutualistic relationship with nature, and with each other, can be the impetus for new concepts and constructive solutions.