25 Sep 2013

The Wool Journey by Artist Owain Kirby for The Herdy Company

We came across some beautiful designs commissioned by The Herdy Company, a "sheep-friendly" UK lifestyle retailer. The lino-cut illustrations were produced by lino-cut illustrator Owain Kirby, who relate the four main stages of the wool process, otherwise referred to as "The Wool Journey". Herdy then produced a Wool Journey porcelain mug set, tea towel and a tote bag as a commemoration.

Source: The Herdy Blog, by The Herdy Company. Here's the story from top down: (1) "from sheep on the fell side being gathered and clipped, (2) the wool being graded and then sold at auction, (3) then scoured, carded, blended, spun, (4) and finally knitted by hand, woven into cloth or home furnishings, or tailored into clothing."

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