Mirage, Original Tapestry by Rachel Brown, hand-dyed, 43″ x 45″, 1998
Notes on this piece…
“My good friend Connie Taylor raises Churro sheep and has, in her collection of livestock, many different natural colors of the sheep. I choose all her different natural color fleeces and put them together in a simple way of squares and diagonals.” – Rachel Brown
If you have been following the Daily Dose for a while (or maybe you remember The Daily Dose’s predecessor, Sunday Inspiration!), you probably have seen this piece before.
But, I for one, never tire of it. And what a better way to begin this celebration, than to share the natural beauty of this breed!
The End of Agriculture by Connie Taylor, 36″x48″, Churro wool on wool warp
Churro Sheep and Agriculture
Sheep are threatened worldwide due to drought, war, synthetics, displacement by development, and lack of skilled shepherds. My weaving, “The End of Agriculture”, depicts a flock of sheep looking out on their world. It is woven of Churro wool from my flock.
They see a small field and a campo santo (graveyard). A black arch looms large.
Gardens and local farms still exist but in smaller proportion to the overall scale of life. Industrial farms force production with new seeds and chemical enhancers. The small family ranches and farms are considered inefficient and obsolete.
The campo santo represents people on the land who are forced to leave when developers overtake their farms. Often families are burned out or killed for their land. This practice continues today, unchecked by governments around the world.
The black arch might be a highway overpass or a window with a view of the lovely mountains. Solid concrete and asphalt struggle to dominate the pastoral scene.
Sheep have always been here throughout the ages to feed and clothe us. If we lose the sheep we gradually chip away at all biodiversity that has sustained humankind. I ask that you think about Agriculture every time you have food. Be an advocate in your community for the land, wildlife, seeds, water and livestock.
Bayeta Classic Sheep and Wool
We rolled into 2017 with wintery hopes of slow times and catching up. Well, of course, that wasn’t the case at all. So, as is with life, one has to prioritize. Though I love doing the Daily Dose, family and running the business have to come first. But, we are back at it again!
And what a special run of Dose’s we have in store for you!
In celebration of the 1-year anniversary of The Churro Club (our yarn-of-the-month club that focuses on the conservation of the Churro sheep), we will be taking you on a textile filled journey through the world of Churro fiber!
Over the next month or so, not only will you “meet” some of our past and present members, but you will also learn more about this breed and the importance of its preservation (keep an eye out for tomorrow’s Dose!).
Connie Taylor, who we get our Churro yarn from, invited me to a shearing this last weekend. Though I have been lucky to see Churro flocks many times in my life, they never cease to amaze me. They are such beautiful creatures, each with a personality of their own. The photo above is from this weekend (with a fun filter from an app called Visionn).