RIGID FELT TILES
Moose hair felting and tiling
with The Cree Nation of Wemindji
In Cree hunting practices, moose hairs are the only part of the animal that is discarded. The hairs are stripped from the skin and burned away, too coarse to be used in clothing.
A material exploration of felted moose hairs informs the skin design of a warming hut or miichwaap. I began to imagine the possibility of creating rigid tiles of moose felt that could be used as the skin of a warming hut or a michwaap. Workshops were organized under the Cree Nation of Wemindji to teach Cree techniques of de-hairing and fleshing moose hides.