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18.03.2015

hawthorn branches found in the hedgerow

The Wisdom of Wool - hawthorn branches found in the hedgerow

i have been looking for a way to support the crib in a hammock type way.
The hawthorn tree is one of the most wild,sacred and ancient of our native trees and is prevalent throughout wild rural Wales.
In folkelore,the hawthorn tree symbolises abandonment and fertility.
The may tree is linked with procreation and is a tree that stands at the threshhold of the 'other' world
I willl have to devise a way of making these branches stand self supported ,with the help of my freindly blacksmith Eifion from Dinas Cross

11.03.2015

the crib

The Wisdom of Wool - the crib

Another veiw of the woven crib.
This is made with longwool soft locks,individually washed and woven through copper wire.
I love the symbolism around the metal copper.
Its ruling planet is Venus,and it symbolises connectivity amongst other things.

11.03.2015

The crib

The Wisdom of Wool - The crib

Here i have wired copper strands to the copper wire corners running through the warp of the woven crib.
Just to hang it in the studio to see what it looks like suspended and what it may need to be finished.

11.03.2015

summer plants,

The Wisdom of Wool - summer plants,

Starting the process of attaching the plants to the felt again,as i did with the dark garment.
I read a great quote from the great fashion designer Alexander Mcqueen. which i feel helps to explain this work a little.

'It Needs To Connect With The Earth.
Things That Are Processed Lose Their Substance

10.03.2015

Red deer naturally shed antlers.

The Wisdom of Wool - Red deer naturally shed antlers.

The red female deer,symbolises,femininity,gracefulness and sublety.
She calls us to release the material 'trappings' of civilisation.
To go deep into the forest to explore our own magical and spiritual nature.
The deer is 'in tune' with nature.

08.03.2015

naturally shed red deer antlers

The Wisdom of Wool - naturally shed red deer antlers

I have been researching deer antlers and their symbolism
In babylonian astrology,which is one of the most ancient astrology systems known,the stag is thought to be the oldest constellation,still visible in our modern skies.

07.03.2015

The summer garment.

The Wisdom of Wool - The summer garment.

This is the white felted wool garment,symbolising spring and summer,light,day.
It is awaiting pressed damask roses,cow parsley,yarrow and bare seed stars.

06.03.2015

A white cloud of carded fleece.

The Wisdom of Wool - A white cloud of carded fleece.

Its always an exciting stage when the fleece looks so perfect and even.
until the water and soap goes on to make it into felt.

05.03.2015

I love this carding machine!

The Wisdom of Wool - I love this carding machine!

These carded batts of wool i am hoping will be enough to make a long dress for the white figure.
its great having this carding machine,thanks Bettina!

04.03.2015

thanks Bettina

The Wisdom of Wool - thanks Bettina

This carding machine has really helped the process move along.
This is the white fleece for the white garment being processed