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....

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Marram weaving on Anglesey

Last week I took a break in Anglesey, before we put the Angus - Weaver of Grass set up (next week) and finish any repairs that are needed before rehearsals start (the week after). 

In the museum at Llangefni (Oriel Ynys Mônthere were several references to grass-weaving, particularly of marram-grass, just as with Angus MacPhee. The weaving of mats in marram-grass was apparently an important cottage industry here, especially in the Newborough (Niwbwrch) area in the south-west of the island, with its large dune system (which included a vast rabbit warren) and where there's still a Marram Grass Cafe. 

This picture above is of Ellen Williams, of Newborough, weaving marram grass, taken from the Casglu'r Tlysau (Gathering the Jewels) Archive. 

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