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....

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Work continues..a fine gelding

I'm currently working on a small pilot project ultimately aimed at creating a touring show/event for children with special needs; and it has provided an opportunity to make a full-size mask/puppet of a horse. This, I have in mind, may well end up as that 'fine gelding' that Angus MacPhee referred to in his last meeting with Joyce Laing, apparently the first words she had heard him utter in knowing Angus for over 20 years. 

Joanne B Kaar has also been in touch, sending me photographs of some of her continued experiments in grass weaving. These may well also end up in our production of 'Angus'. The lower of these photographs, by the way, is made from woven montbrecia, the other from 'an unknown grass'.

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