What is a Yurt
A Yurt is the traditional home of the nomads of the Eurasians Steppes.
It has a wooden frame which can be covered with felt and skins.
It is very easily transported and erected.
Who can use this Yurt?
The Yurt is for the use of old and young alike.
It can provide a quiet place to tell stories or become a hive of activity where new skills can be taught,
learned and shared.
It is 9ft high and 14ft in diameter and can be erected either inside or outdoors.
The Story telling yurt pictured above in it's glorious felt covers has seen many, many events over the past 10 years.The felts are now reserved for longer indoor events where there is not as much wear and tear on this work of art. This piece of textile history is unique to us and all the people involved in its creation but the yurt and its aim lives on in the large yurt frame which now is covered in weather proof Tarps and lots of lovely felt wall hanging and rugs inside depending on the purpose it is hired for.
What is the Squirt?
2008 saw the birth of the baby Yurt lovingly called the Squirt by Redkite Yurts in Sterlingshire.It is a small yurt of 8ft in diameter and 7ft high, it has covers of recycled wool which will line the felt covers presently being made for this little delight.In a small space where the large yurt is too big or for short events the Squirt is the perfect solution. Photos will be put up on the site soon.
Who made this one and why?
The story telling Yurt was made by Scottish and Irish members of the International Feltmakers Association and friends from California. The frame was made from a Scottish ash tree and under the guidance of Mark Humphries, a master wood worker.
The Yurt was made partly as a group project for an exhibition of textile work at the Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in 1999 called "Connections 2" and partly to enable the promotion of working with natural materials such as wool and wood into the next millenium.
The Yurt Keepers
Ann, Liz and Jenny