After my visit to meet James and his Murray Greys last week, I spent the next few days going through all the photos that I had taken. James's Fenland herd are extremely photogenic, they didn't seem to mind my presence at all and were extremely docile. Having never come across the breed before, I am now really taken with them. I particularly love the varying tones of grey that they come in, they look very elegant and sleek with the back drop of the green grass.
There are so many different shades and tones within the coats of the Murray Greys, in some lights they almost look dappled. I really liked their delicate feminine features, as with my style of simple printing having distinctive features always works better for the final outcome.
This photo only shows a small example of the variations in colours and tones of the Murray Greys, I was finding it hard to decide which tone of grey to choose for my print. In the end I have decided to I like the light grey the best, especially on the cows it is very feminine and pretty.
My original pencil drawing of a Murray Grey cow.
My final hand stamped print of a Murray Grey cow.
I would like to say another BIG thank you to James for taking the time to introduce me to his Fenland herd of Murray Greys and for sharing his story! If you you would like to find out more about the Murray Grey breed please do take a look at their website > www.murray-grey.co.uk.
I am Izzi, farmer’s daughter and textile designer at IzziRainey. If I am not designing or sewing you will find me out in the farmyard with my cattle. I am constantly seeking inspiration for my prints, not that I have to look very far. Growing up on the farm, I have always been influenced by my surroundings and this combined with my passion for farming is what inspires my designs. I love spending time on the farm but I also enjoy learning about other people’s animals, passions and stories, which are also influential to my design process. I hope you enjoy reading ‘Over the Farm Gate’