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Angus, Weaver of Grass.

About this project

Angus was a crofter from South Uist, but spent almost 50 years in Craig Dunnain psychiatric hospital in Inverness. He chose not to speak, instead he made garments from grass and leaves growing in the hospital grounds, twisting the plants into a rope or simmans.  When he’d finished making, Angus just discarded them and started another one.  It was fortunate that Joyce Laing discovered Angus and saved some of his work.
I ‘unlocked’ the techniques he used. My replicas are in Glasgow Museum.

Keywords

grass, Angus MacPhee, Weaver of grass, outsider craft, Joyce laing, clothing, western isles, horse and bamboo theatre, looping, nalbinding

Disciplines

Basketry, Traditional, Textiles

Materials

Organic Material
Joanne B kaar with full size replica of an Angus MacPhee grass garment.
Photographer: Joanne B Kaar
My full size replicas of Angus MacPhees grass garments are part of Joyce Laings Art Extraordinary collection in Glasgow Museum.
Joanne B kaar with full size replica of an Angus MacPhee grass garment.
Photographer: Joanne B Kaar
My full size replicas of Angus MacPhees grass garments are part of Joyce Laings Art Extraordinary collection in Glasgow Museum.
Joanne B kaar making a full size replica of an Angus MacPhee grass garment.
Photographer: Joanne B Kaar
My full size replicas of Angus MacPhees grass garments are part of Joyce Laings Art Extraordinary collection in Glasgow Museum.
Joanne B kaar with full size replica of an Angus MacPhee grass garment.
Photographer: Joanne B Kaar
My full size replicas of Angus MacPhees grass garments are part of Joyce Laings Art Extraordinary collection in Glasgow Museum.
Grass Rope
Photographer: Joanne B Kaar
Grass rope - my full size replicas of Angus MacPhees grass garments are part of Joyce Laings Art Extraordinary collection in Glasgow Museum.

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