SANDBOX EXHIBITION // Sommer Vass: home hats

Our first exhibition in our critical art sandbox space is from sculptural textile artist Sommer Vass, "I’ve started wearing hats at home and it got me thinking...".

Exhibition: home hats

Sommer Vass


When: 6th February- 12th March 2023

Where: Woodend Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW

Opening Times: Monday – Saturday | 10am – 4pm


I’ve started wearing hats at home and it got me thinking…

‘Home hats’ experiments with ideas of aspirational cosiness and calm in response to rising energy costs. It comprises three key moments that stem from an errant observation: I’ve started wearing woolly hats around the home to try and stay warm. 

I thought back to when I was a kid and adults would tell you to take your coat off inside otherwise you might not feel the benefit of its warmth outside. If anything – this is now reversed. 

And so, ‘home hats’ became something tangible that I could work with to try and process thoughts and feelings about the challenging context that we continue to live in


Sommer Vass is an artist based in York. Her practice uses textile methods to make sculptural objects that are playful in their (un)familiarity. Sommer approaches the everyday – specifically mundane objects – with practised curiosity. She is interested in the ways in which she might use her art practice as a tool to interrupt her own perception of the familiar, and how she might also encourage a similar mode of curiosity in others. Sommer describes this as ‘critical cosiness’ in which through the recognition and embracing of our familiarity with the world around us (our ‘cosiness’) we are able to find ways of creating a more attentive relationship with it, and with each other.

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SANDBOX, Woodend Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW