Sheep to Seat, Fleece to Floor is a project with the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and award-winning designer Ella Doran, sharing the journey of British wool.
Using wool from the sheep which graze the historic landscape of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), going from shearing to scouring, spinning to weaving through to design and product development, the project results in a display of bespoke furniture, furnishings and prints, all going on show in an exhibition at the Park from June 15 – September 15 2019.
A celebration of local products, suppliers and processes, the exhibition highlights the importance of the circular economy in reducing waste and sustaining livelihoods and traditions.
We worked very closely with Ella
to create a jacquard wool fabric featuring her Waterlake design, which is inspired by the movement of water and flora on the YSP estate. The fabric is upholstered on a custom-made chair created by British designer Julian Mayor
and manufactured by Coakley & Cox
, using wood from one of the YSP’s naturally storm-felled oaks. The chair is available to buy in two colorways, motivated by the hues found within the landscape.
Ahead of the exhibition opening, we caught up with Ella on the project.