The Selkie; Weaving and The Wild Feminine by Imogen Di Sapia

On March the 17th 2018 we will be holding a very special pop up shop with Imogen Di Sapia in store at YAK where she will be launching Bright Moon Yarn. We will be show-casing her beautiful collaborative hand spun yarns and hand woven textiles. Alongside Imgoen’s hand spun yarn we will also be hosting Louise Spong known best under the name South Downs Yarn. A champion of the South Downs breed Louise is a natural hand dyer producing small batch collections. 
We are hosting this exciting pop up shop to complement Imogen’s exhibitionThe Selkie; Weaving & The Wild Feminine” – which is a collection of hand-woven blankets, wraps, textile installations and artworks exploring the role of the making-mother in art & craft being held at ONCA, Brighton. (14 St George’s Place, Brighton, BN1 4GB, UK)

© Michaela Meadow

© Michaela Meadow

In 2010 Imogen studied Integrative Arts Therapy at IATE and incorporated hand-crafted and embroidered textile puppetry and storytelling into her creative practice, going on to develop therapeutic craft workshops and performances with her collaborative arts company, Bright Moon Theatre. You can find more information on these projects on her website here.

Bright Moon Weaving Studio was created in 2016 as a way to combine the early-years maternity of her two children with artistic making, and has seen Imogen moving into ethical textiles, working with freelance spinners and a local sheep rescue centre to create unique custom yarn for use in her woven textiles. Bright Moon Yarn with be launching at YAK Brighton in March 2018.

Here is the exhibition described by the art gallery hosting the exhibition ONCA

‘The exhibition reflects on the folklore of The Selkie through craft. This body of textile work is an exploration of motherhood and perinatal mental health through weaving, using the symbols and themes within the story to communicate the experience. The exhibition also considers ethical textiles and the use of materials and methods that consider animal welfare and the environment.
A publication to accompany the exhibition features collaborative photography from artists including Bronwyn Preece, Michaela Meadow and Grace Gelder, who have each taken a handwoven seal-skin from Imogen and worked with it in the landscape to explore the story, sharing their findings through a photographic narrative.’

You can find the original article here.

Imogen‘s practice of weaving is also layered with storytelling symbols and motifs, and this body of work finds imagery and subject in the traditional folktales of the Selkie; women who shape-shift from their brackish seal-skins into human form each full moon, and what happens when they become bound to the land through domestication, motherhood and the theft or loss of their wild nature.

Collaborative artworks with artists Lily Waugh, Joanna Hruby and Gladys Paulus will also be included in the exhibition.

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Saturday 17 March // Collaboration with YAK on Gloucester Road, who are hosting a pop-up shop for Imogen’s hand-spun, ethical yarn.

Monday 19 March, 7-9pm // The Selkie storytelling & poetry – a night of tales relating to the wild feminine and magical handcraft; the second half will feature a panel discussion on the symbols within the stories. Telling from Imogen Di Sapia, Fleur Shorthouse, Stacia Keogh, Joanna Gilar & Abbie Simmonds. Tickets £5.

Wednesday 21 March, 7 – 8:30pm // Words the Turtle Taught Me: Poetry & Performance by Susan Richardson, more info here. Tickets £5.

Image credits;
Photography Michaela Meadow
Textiles Imogen Di Sapia
Set Design Lisa Jahovic
Copyright all artists 2018