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Angus Weaver of Grass - outsider artist - my replica garments

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I solved the mystery of how Angus MacPhee made his grass garments. Angus 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 s

"If you see one piece of theatre this year, see this." writer, Mandy Haggith reviewed the play.

Horse and Bamboo Theatre commissioned me to make costumes for their production about Angus MacPhee (Angus Weaver of Grass).  The play toured for two years to sell out audiences.

Keywords

grass, costumes, play, Horse and bamboo Theatre, Angus weaver of grass, Angus MacPhee

Disciplines

Textiles, Basketry

Materials

Organic Material
Full size replica of a garment made in grass by Angus MacPhee - 'Angus Weaver of Grass'
Photographer: Joanne B Kaar
I solved the mystery of how Angus MacPhee made his grass garments. Angus 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. My full size replicas are now part of the Art Extraordinary Trust collection along with Angus’s original grass garment, all now held in Glasgow Museums. I was subsequently invited as one of the speakers for the symposium ‘Scottish Woven Communities’, an international gathering of knowledge, in the department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews as part of research by Dr Stephanie Bunn.
Grass swallowtail coat and hat.
Photographer: Joanne B Kaar
Horse and Bamboo Theatre commissioned me to make costumes for their production about Angus MacPhee (Angus Weaver of Grass). The play toured for two years to sell out audiences.
Making a full size replica of a garment made from grass by Angus MacPhee - 'Angus Weaver of Grass'.
Photographer: Joanne B Kaar
I solved the mystery of how Angus MacPhee made his grass garments. Angus 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. My full size replicas are now part of the Art Extraordinary Trust collection along with Angus’s original grass garment, all now held in Glasgow Museums. I was subsequently invited as one of the speakers for the symposium ‘Scottish Woven Communities’, an international gathering of knowledge, in the department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews as part of research by Dr Stephanie Bunn.
Joyce Laing with one of the grass costumes for Horse and Bamboo Theatres production 'Angus'.
Photographer: Joanne B Kaar
Horse and Bamboo Theatre commissioned me to make costumes for their production about Angus MacPhee (Angus Weaver of Grass). The play toured for two years to sell out audiences. Joyce Laing discovered Angus, she was the first art therapist in Scotland.
On set at The Boo for Horse and Bamboo Theatres rehearsals for 'Angus'.
Photographer: Joanne B Kaar
Horse and Bamboo Theatre commissioned me to make costumes for their production about Angus MacPhee (Angus Weaver of Grass). The play toured for two years to sell out audiences.

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