London’s having a mini wool ‘moment’; there’s still a couple of days left to catch Wool House, an exhibition to promote the industry at Somerset House.
Covering all bases, from little old ladies knitting to Vivienne Westwood, hi-tech applications, home furnishings and everything in between, it’s a good round-up of this natural and versatile material. To emphasise just how natural it is, they’ve gone the extra mile and herded a bunch of live sheep into the courtyard.
I had a go at crochet with the help of a friendly young Yorkshire lass from the wool company Rowan, but by the time I had gone boss-eyed and lost my manual dexterity, I’d only (badly) made something that was about three quarters’ worth of a hippy friendship bracelet – ah well.
Over at the Serpentine Gallery, there’s more wool as part of German artist Rosemarie Trockel’s A Cosmos, where you can also see Fischli & Weiss’s precarious balancing acts.
Wool House, at Somerset House until March 24th. Free
A Cosmos, at Serpentine Gallery until April 7th. Free