Jeri Robinson Lawrence, Irina Lawrence Mathias, and their Shetland lamb Delightful Delilah will demonstrate stages of “sheep-to-shawl,” a team-based textile competition. Sheep-to-shawl competitions begin with sheep shearing and follow the process through wool carting, spinning, dying, and weaving into a completed shawl, providing spectators with a sense of the labor involved in animal husbandry and fabrication of woolen textiles. The team will discuss their commitment to rearing and protecting rare and engendered breeds of heritage sheep and will bring an in-progress sheep-to-shawl to completion while on site. Robinson Lawrence and Lawrence Mathias were among the 2500 knitters who worked on The Knitting Map in Cork City, Ireland in 2005.
The Knitting Map will be on display at the Berman Museum of Art through November 30, 2021.
Jeri Robinson Lawrence (MFA, Professor of Fine Art and Graphic Design, Millersville University of PA) and Irina Lawrence Mathias are co-owners of Flying Fibers and White Rose Acres Rare- and Endangered-Breed Sheep Farm in Landisville, PA.
This event is generously supported by the Ursinus Arts & Lectures Fund, Art & Art History Department, Museum Studies, Environmental Studies, Theater and Dance, Office of Sustainability, the Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good, and Culture Ireland.
For the safety of all, please wear a mask while attending this event.