Plaiting, wrapping, coiling, knotting, looping and nalbinding workshop.
Joanne B Kaar studied and unlocked the techniques used by Angus MacPhee, the crofter from South Uist known as ‘the weaver of grass’ who was prolific in his weaving of garments during almost 50 years in Craig Dunain psychiatric hospital in Inverness. Joanne constructed full size replicas of his garments which are now held in the Glasgow Museums collection and her series of socks explore contemporary weavings inspired by Angus and are made from Juncus effusus (soft rush) which grows in her field in Caithness. In this workshop you will use your hands and limited tools of scissors, a large eyed very long sewing needle, recycled and natural sustainable local materials to make a pair of shoes or even waders that can be worn! You’ll learn how Angus Macphee made his garments and experiment with natural materials using the same construction techniques he used. You’ll learn how similar techniques have been used by other cultures around the world from Iceland (nalbinding) to Australia (looping). You’ll experiment with these techniques and incorporate a contemporary twist with recycled materials.
Joanne B Kaar has been self-employed for 25 years since graduating with an MA in textiles from Manchester Metropolitan University. As both participant and instigator of arts and heritage projects and collaborations, she has exhibited and worked in Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Iceland, Canada, USA,Germany, Australia, Sweden and Finland. Her artwork takes inspiration from heritage and is quite at home in a museum environment. Keen to learn traditional skills, research local stories, learn about conservation and care of objects, Joanne enjoys finding inventive ways to attract new audiences while adding new information to museum artefacts of which little is known.