As the weather in the North warms, the shepherds who we work with are beginning to the shear their flocks. We are focusing July’s residencies around wool, and specifically how wool has become a by-product of the meat industry.
Wool is natural, renewable and biodegradable, it offers a number of environmental advantages and has proved itself to be measurably better than synthetic alternatives; yet sheep farmers get very little for it. The cost of shearing can often be more than the value of the fleece. It seems bizarre that we have selectively bred sheep for their wool since 6000 B.C.E, for it to become a waste product.
On Sunday the 11th of July 2pm - 5pm, we have a felt bowl making workshop hosted by Joanne Wood, a hill farmer and shepherd based in Chinley, Derbyshire.
These workshops aim to promote the Campaign For Wool and Fair Price For Farmers and to encourage creating direct relationships between farmers and makers, sharing skills and utilising waste by-products of the agricultural industry.
Throughout the residencies we aim to open up debates around the relationships between food and the environment, economic and social concerns, as well as notions of both cooking and eating as performative acts through a series of interactive creative workshops.
Each workshop will explore how artistic strategies can be used to address wide-ranging issues relating to food, agriculture and the environment.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
You will take home your bowl & this event will include welcome drinks and snacks provided by Where The Light Gets In.
3 hours (2:00pm to 5:00pm)