Exhibition to showcase the weird and wonderful

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Dreadfully wonderful . . . Law› rence felt artist Angela Meecham models some of her creatively dreadful hats she will be exhibiting at the upcoming exhibition of the combined works of the South Otago Spinners and Weavers, Embroi› derers’ Guild and the patchwork and arts groups hosted by the South Otago Creative Arts Centre on August 11. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE

JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

Responding to comments she received about one of her colourful felt hats, Lawrence based felt artist Angela Meecham felt she needed to expand on the notion of dreadfulness and has produced a number of the misshapen hats for her upcoming exhibition.

They will all go on show alongside other creative felt items Mrs Meecham has crafted at the annual exhibition celebrating the combined works of South Otago Spinners and Weavers, the Embroiderers’ Guild and the patchwork and arts groups hosted by the South Otago Creative Arts Centre on August 11.

Mrs Meecham is one of two Lawrence artists making guest appearances at the show. Spinner Dorothy Coburn is the other.

Mrs Meecham said she had been planning for the show since before Covid ›19 delayed the exhibition in 2020.

‘‘People said the hats were absolutely dreadful so I made six more of them, they will join other abstract scenic felt wall hangings I have made.’’

Each hat took between three days to a week to make, while the wall hangings often took about a month to complete.

After dying the Corriedale wool she uses for the main felt content, she creates her colourful artistic works by merging fine open weave wools such as merino and silk stitching into impressionistic vistas.

This is the second time she has exhibited at the show and finds it challenging.