One hut full: woolly yarns in a contemporary context

Visser, Andy and Miller, Liz (2016) One hut full: woolly yarns in a contemporary context. Making Futures, 4. ISSN 2042-1664

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OneHutFull highlights the heritage of the Dartmoor Whiteface Sheep breed through a unique immersive sound and visual experience that examines the use of wool by artisan makers, the life and culture of this farming community and the celebration of localism in a global industry. This project seeks to subvert the traditional orthodoxies of the bucolic shepherd’s hut through creation of a highly contemporary digital artistic space, which aims to educate and inform visitors about the story of wool production and use in a specific Dartmoor community. The artist, commissioned by OneHutFull, through Heritage Lottery Funding, has gathered the stories of Whiteface Sheep breeders as well as artisan makers using the wool, and appropriated these unique experiences through the innovative use of film and sound. Three eight-minute visual narratives are back-projected on to bespoke screens in the hut surrounded by a multi-speaker aural soundscape. A primary aim of OneHutFull is to fully engage and educate the visitor about every stage in the wool production process from the birth of the Whiteface lamb in the spring, through sheep shearing in summer and to market in autumn. As counterbalance to the lifecycle of the sheep the artist also collaborates with a series of artisan makers including a felter creating shrouds and ornaments, furniture designers manufacturing sustainable chairs and a contemporary twine and wool producer. Further, this project uses the considerable expertise of a Dorset-based shepherd’s hut maker enabling this audio-visual space to be created. The bespoke nature of the design by the commissioned artist has potential to be applied to other areas of industry and production. Following its launch at Exeter Cathedral in February, OneHutFull is now touring locally and nationally with the aim of raising the profile of makers and sheep breeders in both rural and urban spaces. A series of educational workshops will complete the research project.

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