Back on the land...
A week with Pauline
Artist's Residency | Working with Alpaca
As alpaca is such a luxurious fibre (George, the young cria born last year, is the finest at 18.5 microns), and as there is so comparatively little from each animal (around 1 - 2 kilos maximum), we wanted to concentrate on making wearables (Jo worked with me when she wasn't cooking, saving chicken's lives and baling!). Some fibres felted beautifully, such as Mari and Aggie. Chanel (who is delicious chocolaty brown) hardly felts at all and others, such as Turbjorn, work better when spun.
All of this I discovered over the week, in the belting heat of a Latvian summer. In a greenhouse.
Hard work (and I did have one wobbly) but I loved it.
Thank you to Jo, Ian and the alpacas.