Collective Coverings, Communal Skin

  • 15 September 2012 - 25 November 2012

This ambitious installation from artist Jemima Wyman will grow to cover the interior of FACT during Liverpool Biennial 2012. Jemima Wyman investigates the political potential of patterned fabric through photography, video, painting and social practice. Jemima is interested in generating and illustrating 'communal skins'. This term was devised by the artist to articulate the role of fabric as social camouflage. Her work aims to explore the formal, political and psychological potentiality of camouflage in reference to collective identity.

Jemima's artwork for Liverpool Biennal 2012 will extend on investigations carried out in her previous work while also exploring camouflage fabric as a material with symbolic links to violence and conflict. Donated second-hand camouflage and hunting t-shirts will be used as weaving material on hula hoop looms.

The Liverpool community is invited to meditatively weave with the artist while transforming objects of conflict (uniforms/hunting t-shirts) into objects of comfort (soft psychedelic weavings). All of these individual woven contributions will then be added together to cover the internal architecture at FACT. The process and final woven architecture will create space for group contemplation and conversation.


Become part of this artwork, and help us soften the fabric of our buiding by by participating in a weaving workshop at FACT or donating material for others to weave.

FACT would like to thank Parr Street HotelOxfam, the British Heart FoundationBarnardosJospiceThe Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and Garston Animal Rescue for their generous support of this project.

Teachers Resources

Jemima Wyman's work is featured in Liverpool Biennial's online resource for teachers. View it here.

We need your help to create Collective Coverings, Communal Skin!

Before and during the exhibition period we will be running weaving workshops for families, community groups and schools to get involved with. You can drop into these sessions on the below dates or book a bespoke session for your group. 

Drop In Workshops

12pm - 4pm

15, 22, 29 September and 6, 13 October 

Bespoke Workshops

Bespoke weaving workshops for organised groups can be combined with your visit to the biennial. To book a workshop, contact / 0151 707 4417

To create Collective Coverings, Communal Skin we are collecting materials. We've got the Hula Hoops covered but are still seeking T-shirts!

Do you have any old T-shirts sitting at the bottom of your drawers that gasping for a new lease of life? Donate it to us and we'll make it part of this major new commission for this years Liverpool Biennial.


We are looking for military coloured t shirts or ones with a camouflage pattern. You can drop any T-shirts at the Information Desk on the ground floor at FACT and thank you in advance! 

FACT would like to thank the below for contributing to the creation of Collective Coverings, Communal Skin: