Monday, August 23, 2010

A Wild Sheep Chase

 

A Wild Sheep Chase is a title of a marvelous mysterious novel by Haruki Murakami. But it fits so perfectly to the Drenthe Heath sheep chase in feltmakers’ world. It was genial Claudy Jongstra who made this breed of sheep known and fashionable.

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Drenthe Heath

 

On my first year of felting I have been experimenting a lot and I found out my own ways of combining raw wool straight from the sheep and fabric. It was not Drenthe Heath fleece back then. It was only after I discovered works of Claudy Jongstra, I fell in love with this rough, wild looking fleece. I was lucky enough to get to know a sheepman who raised this breed of sheep and since then I’ve been getting this wool for my work from his small herd of sheep every year.

For the last few months I’ve been getting lots and lots of emails from feltmakers around the world asking one question – where to get Drenthe Heath wool from??????? Some emails are very sweet and kind, some are pretty demanding….sometimes without any “thank you” reply after receiving my tips on how to look for the wool. (I try to answer all my mail, but please excuse me if I don’t sometimes, but it seams to take too much of my personal time lately…)

A real sheep chase, isn’t it? Well, it feels a little bit weird… With plenty of sheep breeds to choose from. And I mean the same rough and wild look, long staple length wool. As I have just written, it happened so that I knew a man who raised Drenthe Heath sheep, but if he was raising Heidschnucke, Icelandic, Hebridean, Old Norwegian sheep, etc – with no doubt I would have been buying those fleeces.

Yes, Drenthe Heath is a special breed. But so are some other breeds – also the oldest, also very rare and also very wild…

I looked through some breeds of sheep and put photos of some of the wild looking sheep (and there are much more!), and you know, looking at all these ancient breeds and feeling this wildness, I just wish I knew more sheepmen who raise these sheep, I would definitely buy some and use in my felting! Why chase one breed of sheep when there is a selection, perhaps even native, somewhere just around the corner? And…it’s not really the wool that is so magical, these are the hands of the maker and mind of the creator.

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The Heidschnucke is a group of three types of moorland sheep from northern Germany.

 

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The Icelandic sheep (Icelandic: Íslenska sauðkindin)

 

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The Hebridean is a breed of small black sheep from Scotland

 

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The Spælsau (Old Norwegian Short Tail Landrace, Gamalnorsk spæl Norwegian) is a breed of sheep from Norway.

 

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Polish Mountain Sheep

 

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Bavarian Forest (Waldschaf)

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The Churra (also known as Spanish Churro)

 

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The Faroes

 

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The Racka

 

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The Sardinian (Brabei Sarda in Sardinian, Pecora Sarda in Italian)

 

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The Shetland sheep

 

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Skudde

 

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The Ouessant (or Ushant)

 

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The Valachian (Walachenschaf)

 

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The White Polled Heath (German: Weiße Hornlose Heidschnucke, also known in Germany as the Moorschnucke)

 

 

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Avies medžioklė – toks yra nuostabaus, magiško Haruki Murakami romano pavadinimas. Tačiau jis labai tinka apibūdinti Drenthe Heath avių medžioklei veliančių tekstilininkių pasaulyje.

Claudy Jongstra savo genialiuose darbuose naudodama Drenthe Heath vilną taip ją išpopuliarino visame pasaulyje. Pirmaisiais savo vėlimo eksperimentų metais atradau savo būdus, kaip sujungti tiesiai nuo avies nukirptą vilną ir audinius veltinio technika. Tiesa, tuomet tai nebuvo Drenthe Heath vilna. Su šia vilna susipažinau tik vėliau atradusi Claudy Jongstra darbus.

Taip, aš taip pat įsimylėjau šią laukinę vilną. Ir manau, jog man pasisekė susipažinti su žmogumi, kuris laikė būtent šios veislės avis ir kiekvienais metais galėjo mane aprūpinti vilna iš savo mažutės bandos avių.

Paskutiniaisiais mėnesiais mano elektroninio pašto dėžutė tiesiog užsigrūda nuo veliančiųjų laiškų, kurių vienas pagrindinių klausimų – iš kur gauni šią vilną???? Kai kurie laiškai labai šilti, mieli, asmeniški. Kai kurie – tiesiog reikalaujantys…ir net po mano atsakymo patariant, kaip ieškotis vilnos, nebeseka nė mažiausias žodelis “ačiū”… Tikra avies medžioklė.

Man truputį keista. Kaip jau minėjau, susipažinau su žmogumi, kuris laikė Drenthe Heath veislės avis. Bet jei tai būtų Islandiškos, Norvegiškos ar kitos ilgaplaukės, laukinės dvasios avys, aš vis tiek būčiau pirkusi jų vilną!

Taip, Drenthe Heath – ypatinga veislė, seniausia Vakarų Europoje. Bet…tokios pat ir kai kurios kitos veislės, kurių pavyzdžius čia pateikiau. Žiūrėdama į jų nuotraukas, jausdama jų vilnos laukiniškumą, tiesiog negaliu nusėdėti, norisi sukišti rankas į monitorių ir visas tas aveles iščiupinėti, suleisti pirštus į jų pirmykščius gaurus… Jei pažinočiau daugiau šių avių augintojų, be jokios abejonės, pirkčiau ir naudočiau įvairių avių veislių vilną. Kam vaikytis vienos veisles, kai yra įvairovė? Ir…stebuklas tikriausiai slypi ne vien tik pačioje vilnoje, o kuriančioje rankose ir galvoje…

6 comments:

Michelle said...

I had no Idea,
that there are so many different ones,
impressing!!!

dorie said...

Thanks for all this information and seeing all the models of chanel and my stash of raw wool there must be something to do with it.

Heather Woollove said...

Usually there are beautiful photos of you and your work on your blog.

I was pleased to see your lovely 'new models' on this post!
How wonderful they all are.
Thanks for sharing!!

Vilte said...

hope this information was useful for many of you ;)
Heather, got your point - too much me as a model :))) oh well...if i had a sheep heard I would put their photos here every day ;)

Heather Woollove said...

Oh, no!!! I just now saw your response to my comment and I'm afraid that you have it ALL WRONG!
I think you are one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen!!!
In fact, when Elis Vermeulen and Chad Alice Hagen and the rest of us were all together this past summer at our Felt Gathering, I made the remark that I thought you deserved the title of 'Sexiest felter ever' and they all had to agree!!! So, no...please never stop posting photos of the lovely YOU!!!

Vilte said...

don't worry, Heather :) I was just joking on myself :)
And with my joke I made you say compliments to me :)) But thank you, I always appreciate feedback from other people because I seldom hear it when working alone on my projects. And that title that you gave me, that's funny, ha :)))

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