Hairmoss Capsule Bag
A one-off piece, made by plaiting hairmoss (Polytrichum commune) strand by strand, and stitching with waxed linen.
31cm x 15cm x 13cm
Hairmoss grows abundantly on the west coast of Scotland where I live. Plaiting the moss a strand at a time creates a rust-coloured tweedy side, and a bright green “Astro-Turf” element.
This is a robust material: the archaeological record includes a hairmoss plait discovered in Ayrshire that dates from 585–630 AD.
In this bag, made for "Basketry: Function and Ornament", I wanted to enclose a small, calm, mossy space.
In a recent BBC Radio 4 programme, "The Voices of Alison Goldfrapp", the singer talks about being "ballsy and brash and also very introspective and thoughtful and quiet". If "Dark Tendril Bag" is the brash side of my basketry, then "Hairmoss Capsule Bag" is the more introspective, quiet aspect!
A one-off handmade piece. This is a natural material and the green colour mellows with time.
FREE POSTAGE & PACKING to UK addresses; for anywhere outside the UK please contact me and I will work out shipping cost for a particular item. I'm afraid I can't guarantee next-day delivery in the UK as our rural post office is open only certain days of the week (and our Highland post takes an extra day), but items will be sent Special Delivery and posted out within the week.
All photos by Annie MacDonald, AIM Photography, Applecross.