As well as making in the workshops, some people have been making felted panels inspired by Iraq at home. This post shows pictures of people’s creations – I will continue to add to it as more pictures come in. If you want to make your own, you can find instructions with lots of photos showing how to do it here. I still have free starter packs to send out – if you would like one, see details here.
Sara has made a felted panel that incorporates numerous influences from Iraq. She describes her inspiration as follows:
“The photo was my inspiration. It’s from the 1930s. I loved the contrasting textures and shapes. This version of the photo came from Wikipedia page “Mosques and shrines of Mosul”. I also found the same photo on the Booklet of Monuments of Mosul in Danger in a link from your blog post. The booklet describes the conical roof as being part of the Great Mosque of Al Nuri. […] The minaret is the minaret al- Hadba.
I wanted to include the silhouette of the woman carrying a bundle and decided to combine that with the conical roof shape.
For colour inspiration I found a blog post about textile blankets made in Southern Iraq by the Ma’dan people.
The repeating patterns and flowers gave me the idea for the overall pattern of my felted panel.
I found the national flower of Iraq is the rose.
My felting skills weren’t up to recreating the amazing geometric patterns on al-Hadba so I chose to just include one or two diamonds. The turquoise is for the many domes and minarets which are verdigris copper.
The pattern is a dome/ woman with rose at her core, alternated with a minaret.
I hope that makes sense!
It led me to lots of reading about the Yezidi and Iraqi textiles and to look at lots of photos of Mosul past and present, and to think about the diversity of cultures. I read about the library and the efforts to restore its repository of knowledge.
I think that often, for our own protection, we hear or see news about distant places in a purely linguistic way: we understand the words but don’t engage with them intellectually or emotionally. And so we can remain relatively untouched by events in places that don’t seem real to us. I know I said it before but this has made Mosul seem real. A real place with real people. Thank you.”