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Dec082007

Sheep as Inspiration for Art

As a knitter, I have developed a deep appreciation for sheep. How could I not, considering all of the beautiful fiber they so generously share with us year after year? And so I am particular intrigued by Andy Goldsworthy's new book called Enclosure. It recounts in words and photos his Sheepfolds Project, for which he restored over 40 stone enclosures once used by farmers to shelter, count, and wash their sheep in six districts of Cumbria. In the introduction to the book, James Putnam explains: "Sheepfolds are beautiful and graphic reminders of the days of early shepherding out on the hill, on common land."

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The book also includes a collection of fascinating works related in various ways to sheep, for example, this shot (part of an 8-part series called "Wool Throws") of Goldsworthy tossing wool fleece into the air.

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And these works in which Goldsworthy incorporated wet (and sometimes frozen) wool into the landscape.
 
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Reader Comments (5)

he is such an interesting artist, i look forward to seeing this book.

December 9, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKat

Oh, those are gorgeous.

December 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterlarissa

I love that Andy Goldsworthy has always worked with nature and is now incorporating something that is so close to my heart! Thanks for your blog and for all the news.

December 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKylie

That is interesting (incorporating wool into nature shots). Thanks for sharing. The knitting craft is really expanding into many different fields, isn't it? It's really exciting!

December 11, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterconnie

Hello Melanie,

Thanks for the link to Andy Goldsworthy's new book; the pictures are amazing. Mr. Goldsworthy has been one of my favorite artists for a while now, and the videos of his installations are eye-opening.

December 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

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