ANGUS MCPHEE - Weaver of Grass

ANGUS MCPHEE or MACPHEE was a crofter from Uist who spent almost 50 years in a Highland psychiatric hospital. During this time he chose not to speak - instead he wove a series of incredible costumes out of grass. These he hung on trees in the hospital grounds.

This blog follows the progress of HORSE + BAMBOO THEATRE as they develop and tour a show about Angus....

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Drilling holes in Angus

Alison is finishing the puppet of Angus McPhee as a young boy, while I'm waiting for the last of my masks of Angus to dry so it can come off the mould. 

Above Alison is soldering the joint on the legs of the puppet, and she has drilled the legs in order to reduce the weight of the figure. The holes don't extend below the knee as he'll wear short trousers. 

Below there's the mechanism that enables the head to move. By using a dowel inside a plastic sleeve and a secondary support wire that enables a counter-lever movement, the head can move up and down, side to side, and also look up and down (to nod, for example).  

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