Moving tapestries

By Lewis Wickwar

Hi, my name’s Lewis Wickwar and I make videos.

I enjoy working with people to create collaborative video art; it’s a sort of video painting, or a moving tapestry. Here’s an example, which I made after a recent trip to the beach with my children: Trip to the Beach

I love the way that, by blending bits of sound, video and still images together, it can really get across the voices of the people making the piece – it’s like layering colours and textures to paint a picture. I am inviting you to make a piece of collaborative video art with me, using the theme What is Your Village Made of? to create a moving tapestry of where you live. I’d like you to make some short video clips and audio recordings, as well as still images (photos and drawings). If you have a mobile phone or a digital camera you’ll be able to take photos or video, or record sound. And if you prefer, you can send in drawings or written pieces, as it can all be woven into the picture. Below is a short ‘shopping list’ of ideas of the sort of things you could do. Feel free to pick as many as you like; you can create brand new work and also contribute work you’ve made for any of the previous activities. In fact, I’d encourage you to look back at all of the other artists’ activities on the blog site, as they give great stimulus for creating content. For example, a recorded reading of a poem created as part of Dean Parkin’s activity could be the ‘narration’ for the piece. The deadline for sending in your contributions is FRIDAY 5TH JUNE – so you’ve got a couple of weeks to do the activity – but please feel free to send in your pieces as soon as they’re ready.

Creative shopping list:-

Film a video

Use your phone (or digital camera) to film a still or moving shot of somewhere or something you notice. You could:-

  • film a static shot which shows a place, or
  • move through that place in an imaginative way (look at Gillian’s Drone in My Home activity – could you create an aerial flyover in video?).

Do you feel a certain way because of the weather or atmosphere around you – can you capture that? Be playful! If it looks better blurry, shaky or obscured in some way, then film it that way! Think mainly about colour, shape and texture

Take a photo

Both Jacqui and Gillian have given loads of ideas and info on how to capture a nice photo, so I’d encourage you to look at their pages for tips! Since we’ll be creating a video we have the added element of movement, so think about capturing an object from several angles – when the images are played together in quick succession it can create some really nice effects.

Record some audio

Using you phone audio recorder, make an audio recording. This could be ambient sound – simply the sound of the environment around you – or you giving a description or observation of a place. Anything from water running down the plug hole to birds singing outside your window – again, I would urge you to be playful with this. Do you sing, or create music? We’d love to hear it, if you do!


I don’t want to get too ‘techy’ about this – it’s much more important that you have fun collecting a few bits and pieces to share. But here are just a few pointers … If you’re using a phone, hold it on its side to film. Since the screens we watch video on are in ‘landscape’ it helps to film with this in mind. Take a moment to frame the shot before you press record. Have a look at the object or space you’re capturing and make sure you’ve seen all the details. This will ensure you capture the sights you want whilst avoiding accidentally filming your knickers blowing on the line in the background! Keep the clips to around 10 seconds or less. Cameras today will film for a long time as they don’t rely on the limited space of physical film any more, but try and be economical with what you’re trying to show as this will encourage you to look in a different way and will also make the video files easier to send over!

Sending files

When you’re ready, smaller files (photos and short audio recordings are usually O.K.) can be sent to Suffolk Artlink at the email address at the end of this activity. Video files hold a lot more information, so they are ‘bigger’ and take up more space on a computer. If you’ve created videos, then these files will probably be too large to email – think of them as a large parcel that needs a special courier to deliver it! First, you’ll need to get these files off the device you’ve filmed them on; if it’s a phone, this is usually done by connecting a cable to the computer. If you think of your phone as a type of filing cabinet, just find the file you want and move it onto your computer. If it’s a camera, then you may need to remove the SD card inside and plug that into a computer. If you have any questions or need support with this process, please contact Suffolk Artlink and we’ll do what we can to help! Wetransfer is great for sending larger files. It’s free to use, you just need an internet connection. Follow this link or type wetransfer into Google. Select the ‘free’ version. Click on ‘Add your files’ and search through your folders for the images you want to send. Open the folder, select the images/video/audio and click ‘Upload’. Or simply ‘drag and drop’ the file anywhere into the website. Below is an example of the Wetransfer panel, inviting you to add your files, and a computer screen showing the folders.

Type in the recipient’s email address – in this case it’s and underneath type in your email address. Press the blue transfer button – you’ll be sent a code by email which you’ll need to enter into the website – that’s the last step. Please note that, depending on the size of the file and your internet connection, this may take a while to send, so make sure you don’t turn off your computer until the transfer is at 100%! I hope you enjoy this activity – I look forward to receiving your pieces and weaving them together into a moving tapestry of some of the things that make your village special to you.

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