Wool House – World –Wide – Wool
The Campaign for Wool is creating the world’s largest showcase of wool with WOOL HOUSE from March 13 -24, 2013 at West Wing of Somerset House, London (GB). Arabella McNie is the curator and has over twenty years’ experience of working as a stylist and designer in the world of interiors. She states:”I am determined to show wool as a modern fibre and visitors will witness a broad spectrum, from ultra modern and hi-tech to highly luxurious and more traditional. There are some amazing fabrics and flooring and Wool House will showcase some stunning room sets which will really show the difference that wool can make and inspire greater use of the fibre”.
Exclusive room sets will be presented from Donna Wilson, Ashley Hicks, Josephine Ryan, Anne Kyrro Quinn, Mary Fox Linton of Fox Linton Associates and Kit Kemp and featured alongside will be a huge wool art installation commissioned by the Campaign for Wool from acclaimed Dutch tapestry artist, Claudy Jongstra.
Other features include a unique 100 feet runner designed by Cristian Zuzunaga in association with Brintons that will represent international carpet manufacturers and a runner designed and made by Roger Oates. Additionally, rug weaver Jason Collingwood will take up a working residence as his studio is recreated in Wool House and he will weave on a table loom throughout the period showing the heritage of industry skills to the public
The entrance of Wool House will be styled like a grand country house, with a carpet inspired by a classic marble floor tile pattern and crated by Alternative Flooring Bespoke. Unique pieces will embellish the house including Shauna Richardson’s unusual “crochetdermy” Bear that has been previously been exhibited at the V&A which will take pride of place in the entrance of Wool House. While Andy Warhol influenced sheep head images will be displayed on the walls of the hall.
Three rooms will be dedicated to fashion, including a space showcasing fine woven fabrics and live tailoring while two others will celebrate the importance of wool in the fashion industry.
Bridgette Kelly, The Campaign for Wool’s project director reveals: “It is the most expansive venture the Campaign has seen to date as it looks at all the key uses of wool under one roof and shows the amazing versatility of the fibre and its potential to be both stunningly beautiful in use and yet incredibly practical tool”.
The Campaign for Wool, whose Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales, is funded by the British Wool Marketing Board, the Woolmark Company, Wool Council of New Zealand and other wool organisations across the world, including those in South Africa, South America, Norway and the USA.