Swaledale sheep 364/8 by Kerry Goodwin of Moorcroft
Swaledale sheep 364/8 by Kerry Goodwin of Moorcroft.
H 20.00 x W 9.00 x D 9.00 cm
It was inevitable that a Moorcroft designer would step forward with artwork inspired by the scenic world of Swaledale. Kerry obliged and she would be the first to admit that her design life has turned around the landscape, beauty, history in all its forms, and above all, animals and birds and the countryside in which they live.
The River Swale gushes over the rocks and shale: forests reach up to the heather-clad moors above where drystone walls divide up the green and purple landscape in lines of light grey. Kerry makes sure that we look at the heather, the wooden gates and the moorland paths as well as the Swaledale sheep themselves. Inevitably, there is a lingering fascination with the curved horns, white flashes around the eyes and their long woolly coats, so prized by the weavers of yesterday. Kerry gives us stylised trees that reach up to the sweeping moorland before losing themselves in a hazy, light blue sky. Our own imagination adds sounds and the sweet smell of the countryside to all that is precious to a designer who is in love with all that she can see around her in Swaledale.