Kate Lorch and Welly Fletcher
Installation view: (l-r) Ellsworth, Lorch/Flecher,Der Ananian (wall), Hubbard (floor), Faulk/Johnstone (pedistal), Robinson (dress), Gerard Romero (wall and free-standing display).

Kate Lorch and Welly Fletcher

Fulled and Felted is a collaboration about marriage. We use two different methods of binding wool to create the surface of the sculpture. The fulling process involves knitting yarn into fabric, then agitating it in hot water to bind and strengthen its threads; while felting involves layering carded fibers then binding them together using felting needles. Both of these methods encourage the scales on the fibers to hook and tighten, binding the wool into a dense, unified fabric. For this sculpture, we bring these different approaches to felting together so that two become one.

We are one of the approximately eighteen thousand queer married couples recognized by the state of California. In the weeks leading up to the 2009 Queer Arts Festival we gathered our friends and family together in craft-circles to assist us in our collaboration and generate conversation about love. By the time of the Threads Opening, the Supreme Court of California had decided whether to overturn Proposition 8 and allow for marriage equality. At this pivotal political moment Fulled and Felted offered opportunity to reflect on historical change and ask: What does marriage mean? What composes a union? What makes a home?

website: www.llfletcher.com

Kate Lorch and Welly Fletcher
Fulled and Felted: ...of eighteen thousand
Fulled and felted wool, cherry laminate, steel armature
5 x 7 x 5 feet
Kate Lorch and Welly Fletcher
Installation view (rear view)
(l-r) Sanders (wall handings), Hubbard (foreground).