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....

Tuesday, 12 April 2011


The results of the first paintings of the 5 heads of Angus - the paint is still wet!

This is simply a rough coat; the idea is to use a painterly approach and keep the paintwork lively. So it's almost like painting a quick and expressive portrait sketch. Painting these 5 masks took me about 90 minutes, but there's a long way to go yet, as each one will be considered as an individual and then worked on in more detail - so each mask will probably undergo another 3 or 4 coats. Still, it's nice to have made a start and see them begin to come to life.

Ferry tickets have now been booked for our expedition to Berneray in May. There will be Loz, Alison, Christina (the technician), Mark (puppeteer) and myself travelling from Lancashire. On the island we'll meet up with Joanne (down from Caithness) and Chris (who lives on the island).

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