Making connections between queer theory and the material of felt.
Felt doesn’t belong to the system of textiles. It is a fabric, but since it is not woven, it cannot be classified as a textile.
Weaving is defined as an ordering of parallel lines in two directions: one stationary and vertical (the warp), and the other horizontal and mobile (the weft). Instead of submitting to the weaver's order, felt embraces the natural tendency of fibers to entangle and knot.
All woven textiles constantly threaten to unravel, and this unravelling is a compelling metaphor for the loss of a carefully maintained order.
Felt doesn’t just challenge this order, it ignores it completely. Felt does not unravel. In fact, the process of felting is irreversible; once done it cannot be reduced again to its components.
FELT AS AN ANTIHERO
Felt is disruptive and subverts the historical ideas of labor, economy, and class.
The unrestricted working of felt is in every way opposite to the planning and control exercised in weaving.