the evolution of buttnmandl

what did angus macphee — the scottish artist and schizophrenic who did not speak for fifty years, but who wove immense garments out of local grasses and hung them in the trees on the grounds of the psychiatric hospital where he lived most of his life — know about the buttnmandl?

who knows. but there’s a a book about angus macphee, and i have a flickr contact who recently replicated in full-size one of his amazing garments.
to me, it all speaks to the idea of a collective consciousness that surrounds “cultural” folklore.

with no one stopping me from making my second knitted mask buttnmandlike, that’s what i’ve been doing.

i’ve begun using raffia.

more to come.

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