In between tides - Làn-mara


A collaboration between Severine Amsing, the Isle of Mull Weavers and Knockvologan Studies.

Brought up on the bottom of the sea Severine Amsing never took much notice to ‘wild’ tidal forces. This changed when Miek Zwamborn and Rutger Emmelkamp invited her to cooperate in a weaving project: to weave the landscape of the Isle of Mull. Their neighbouring weaving mill of Isle of Mull Weavers in Ardalanish looks out over the Atlantic Ocean. Instead of the landscape she started to weave the seascape.

Standing at the coastline near the weaving mill, Amsing points out 4,27 meter with a gauge rod. You are looking at the largest change in sea level possible at this particular coastline. This tidal range of 4,27 meter is woven in Ardalanish and presented at Vlieland during Into the Great Wide Open 2018. Mull is the first of a series of woven local tidal movements called In between tides (link to

Làn-mara is the name of a limited amount of blankets woven in Ardalanish. They have specific lengths, depending on the tidal calendar of the day of weaving. The width is 160 cm. The deep brown wool from the local Hebridean sheep is woven into seascape blankets. A number of blankets are woven with deep brown and grey, revealing the ingenious wave pattern. Làn-mara (‘tidal’ in Gaellic) was shown in the Knockvologan Observatory at Vlieland.

Miek Zwamborn