Refer to ‘Room Six: Territories’ Pages 146 & 147.
Investigate ‘Gers’ and other such textile based shelters/homes such as Wigwams, Tipis and Tents.
In the book “Textiles, The Whole Story” Beverly Gordon looks at the Textiles around the world, and the role it plays in bonding communities, spiritually and out of necessity for warmth and cover. She looks at the vast world of Textiles through anthropological glasses, not only in Art but science, craft, and technology.
She talks about Yurts and Gers and Tipis, used by nomadic cultures , which are light weight, portable and comfortable in harsh conditions. They are have the same common thread, they are made of wood and textiles for warmth and shelter. It’s incredible to think about how intertwined textile and humans are; warmth – fashion – shelter – tribal craft – politically – and in modern technology and medical practices. It is everywhere, from how we used to catch our food, to how we carry our groceries. From harvested fields to looms or factories, traditional making methods or machines. Textiles are in our sports, how we protest, and where we worship. They represent our identity, our tribe, our beliefs and our creativity. Textiles are the epicentre of life.
Speaking from experience, both Yurts and Tipis are beautifully designs, circular, tall, and cozy. Over a dozen of years ago, our friends and I embarked on the beautiful journey, which is still going, call the Bimble Inn. The Bimble Inn is a unique structure made from canvas and wood fusing ancient tipi design with modern ideas. The space that is created inside is between 60 to 80 ft, it holds up to 600 people. It is a Solar Powers mobile venue normally found at festivals such as Glastonbury.
Although most people no longer live nomadic lives, I feel like many yearn to, and structures such as the Bimble Inn bring forth our ancestral feeling towards a need to be next to the Earth, to live simply, with a community, in nature, with music, drink, open fires and dancing.
The coursework ask as at this point to consider Assignment 5. I had looked at a contemporary artist, who I will research non the less, but am now considering looking at textiles such as canvases, which enable people to return to their nomadic tribal roots.