02 Nov Naked Craft
Touring in Canada and Scotland 2015 – 2017
Part of the Naked Craft Network touring exhibition
Ontario, Canada 2015/2016
The exhibition will then tour Scotland in 2016/2017
The exhibition explores the connections between Scotland and Canada. I have chosen to make a shawl from moss. This piece is based on the traditional, ubiquitous Highland shawl which was worn by women of all classes and ages in a huge variety of ways. This would have been a common item of clothing and brought over with emigrants from Skye to Canada.
The material used to make this particular shawl is a specific moss, Hair moss, Polytrichum commune. This is a moss which has been used by people since the Iron age.
shawl / beannag (‘Beannag seems to be the true gaelic equivalent of shawl’ from Dwelly)
Hair Moss / Còinneach / Polytrichum commune
2.8m wide by 0.55cm deep
looping, the simplest stitch, woven with rope made from the moss