In WIELS (Brussels) and M-Museum (Leuven)
Wool felt is one of the oldest manufactured textiles. It does not require any instrument other than one’s hands. Hot water and soap are applied to layers of wool, while tender massaging and pressing causes the fibers to become permanently entangled into a single piece of fabric. Felting together represented a safe space for women, of all ages and languages, with or without papers. The women did not just work together to produce this work—to them; it is about the community and all human exchanges that have arisen from it. There is a micro-political dimension to this multiplicity of hands and voices, which the technique of felting poetically echoes.
The eleven textile works that constitute the new installation of Hana Miletić Felt workshops are the result of a series of public workshops that the women’s group from Globe Aroma, Hana Miletić, and Vereinigung für Frauenintegration, Amerlinghaus, have facilitated at Globe Aroma (Brussels, 2018); Kunstenfestivaldesarts, WIELS (Brussels, 2018); Playground Festival, M-Museum (Leuven, 2019) and Amerlinghaus and Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna, 2020). The images below document the processes in WIELS and M-Museum.