Award-winning designer Ella Doran showcases the transformation of wool.
The exhibition follows the journey of wool from the sheep which graze the historic landscape of the Park, from shearing to scouring, spinning to weaving and design to product development. The result is a display of beautiful bespoke furniture, furnishings and photographic prints, all of which are available to buy.
As an homage to local products, suppliers and processes, the exhibition highlights the importance of the circular economy in reducing waste and sustaining livelihoods and traditions. Doran has developed close working relationships with YSP’s neighbouring farmers, Philip and Charles Platt; British Wool, who hand-graded the wool after shearing; Haworth Scouring, who scoured (cleaned) the wool ready for manufacturing; and British manufacturers, Camira and Alternative Flooring, who have transformed the raw material into beautiful products for the home.
The exhibition features upholstered stools, tapestries, a series of photographs documenting YSP’s unique 500-acre landscape throughout the seasons, and abstracted screen prints. Doran has also collaborated with filmmaker Paul Wyatt to produce a short film featuring some of the key personalities involved in the project.