The Rare Breeds Survival Trust in the UK is a charitable organization dedicated to conserving Britainâ€™s native farm livestock. Founded in 1973, not a single breed has gone extinct since then, and they are doing important work to protect both the animals and small farms and holdings who keep them.
They have recently launched a Wool Exchange, allowing members to advertise wool and fleeces from rare breed sheep for sale or exchange. The listings are fabulously breed-specific. (Note that the advertisers are small, independent suppliers – they likely would only ship within the UK.)
Bonus adorable sheep pictures on the site, too!
Toronto’s Drake Hotel is currently hosting an exhibition called “Wrap Your Head Around This“. The exhibition is interested in how the physical features and the iconography of cloth combined with traditional textile practices contributes to overall meaning. Collectively, the artists included use traditional methods in textiles for political, social, historical and cultural commentary.
Los Angeles-based artist Lisa Anne Auerbach knits political messages into sweater sets, simultaneously rendering them comfortable and uncomfortable. Her work “Take This Knitting Machine And Shove It” has pride of place at the entrance to the hotel.
The exhibition also features some of Jenny Hart’s embroidered portraits of rock stars.
Martha Stewart apparently will be needing us in the new year….
And even sheep get the winter blues… photo of the front page of The Guardian newspaper last Thursday. Sheep in County Antrim, Ireland, have been dyed blue so that they can easily be spotted in the snowdrifts.