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The Selkie: Weaving & The Wild Feminine

17 March 201825 March 2018

by Imogen Di Sapia

Imogen Di Sapia reflects on the folklore of The Selkie through craft. This body of textile work is an exploration of motherhood and perinatal mental health through weaving, using the symbols and themes within the story to communicate the experience. The exhibition also considers ethical textiles and the use of materials and methods that consider animal welfare and the environment.

Exhibition featuring work by Imogen Di Sapia // Lily Waugh // Gladys Paulus // Joanna Hruby // Caroline Bond

Curation and Installation Design by Alice Clayton

Imogen will be weaving in the gallery during opening hours, accompanied by Lily Waugh, who will be working on a specially constructed heritage oak loom. A publication to accompany the exhibition features collaborative photography from artists including Bronwyn Preece, Michaela Meadow and Grace Gelder, who have each taken a handwoven seal-skin from Imogen and worked with it in the landscape to explore the story, sharing their findings through a photographic narrative.

Exhibition Opening Times

Monday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm & Sundays, 11am – 4pm


Saturday 17 March // Collaboration with YAK on Gloucester Road, who are hosting a pop-up shop for Imogen’s hand-spun, ethical yarn.

Monday 19 March, 7-9pm // The Selkie storytelling & poetry – a night of tales relating to the wild feminine and magical handcraft; the second half will feature a panel discussion on the symbols within the stories. Telling from Imogen Di Sapia, Fleur Shorthouse, Stacia Keogh, Joanna Gilar & Abbie Simmonds. Tickets £5 via Eventbrite.

Wednesday 21 March, 7 – 8:30pm // Words the Turtle Taught Me: Poetry & Performance by Susan Richardson, more info here. Tickets £5 via Eventbrite.


Imogen Di Sapia

Imogen Di Sapia

Photo of Imogen Di Sapia

The Selkie image credits:

Textiles by Imogen Di Sapia

Photography by Michaela Meadow

Set Design by Lisa Jahovic

Copyright all artists 2018.


17 March 2018
25 March 2018
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