My 'yurt phase'
A 12ft. diameter Turkic type & a 21ft. diameter Alachig from N.W Iran. The felt cover used 50 fleeces from 18 different breeds of sheep. The construction taken from a traditional one in the Horniman Museum in London.
Both frames were made by yurtmaker Steve Place.
My use of felt draws on its pastoral origins.
Rooted in nomadic cultures
inter-dependent with animals.
Felt has traditionally been used for many of the essentials of daily life: yurts, hats, coats, slippers, also for bags, rugs & horse covers.
I allow the actual process of making felt to have a direct bearing on the end result by responding to the physical material.