We are pleased to announce that Angelika Werth has been awarded the Dyeing House Gallery/Artgus Wearable Felt Art Award for her piece: The Referee: Emily Carr
Madeleine: The Referee Emily Carr
Wool, Silk, Deconstructed Stressed Wool Blanket, Antique Lace, Vintage Buttons, Constructed Hoop Skirt, Referee Whistle
Womens Size 6
The Madeleines is a series of thirteen sculptural, felted dresses made for the use of historical figures and their imaginary engagement in athletic activity such as hockey, boxing, rugby, fencing, baseball, croquet and one referee.
“Pleurer comme une Madeleine” or to “cry like a Madeleine” is to cry inconsolably. These Madeleines no longer cry: they are happy, finally to get the chance to participate in the game. They lift up their padded, armored, felted skirts with their gloves to step out onto the ice, the field, the rink.
Gaius Plinius Secundus, or Pliny the Elder, [23-79 A.D.], Roman author of the “Natural History” said that wool felt treated with vinegar would resist iron and fire. The Madeleines are like that too, made of the strongest stuff : like Boadecia, for example.
Early on in my felt exploration for the Brassiere Quilt Series [1992-2000], and Felted Sleeping Bag Series [2000-2002], I decided on a combination of silk and merino wool fibres, because of its pliability, softness, skin like texture, and openness to receive other elements. For The Madeleines old lace and bits of brassieres cut in stylistic leaf shape, make a renaissance in the Madeleine’s felted dresses and sport equipment. These ultra-feminine elements make the felt stronger, and the Madeleines wearing this felted armor feel more substantial. It is a subtle strength not obvious to the viewer.
The Referee is the last in this series of 13 felted sculpural dresses. I started the Madeleine series in 2003 and completed this series in March of 2013. The first personalities in the Madeleine series are Hayley Wickenheiser and Isobel Stanley to representing Hockey. To complete this series I decided the last personality in history, joining the rest of the Madeleines, would be Emily Carr as Referee. The Referee stands alone.
Angelika will receive a $250.00 gift certficate (retail value) from Artgus, Canadian Distributors for Dyeing House Gallery (Italy).