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, 28 July 2011

A short holiday break

The phone DID ring....and last night we feasted on the hamper of smoked fish from the Loch Duart Smokery that arrived the day before. My prize from the Berneray Community Raffle - not the weekend for two in Glasgow but something all the nicer for coming direct from the Uists. 

I received an email from Joanne B Kaar, telling me more about her time with Joyce Laing at the Art Extraordinary Gallery in Pittenweem, having an opportunity to look at Angus MacPhee's weaving first hand, and showing Joyce her own attempts at replicating Angus's unique weaving technique. Apparently Joanne only planned to stay for one day but ended up spending two, so well did the work go. What's more she left her own work behind for Joyce, and visitors to the Gallery are now able, if not to touch Angus's original but fragile pieces (see above), to handle Joanne's work and get a feel of what woven grass is like in the hands.

The blog will now go quiet for a couple of weeks, as I take a holiday. 

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