Oscar and Archie with two of their January born lambs.
After meeting Archie and Oscar along with their prize winning Suffolk sheep, I was looking forward to going through all the imagery I had collected from my visit to their farmyard, back in the studio. The Suffolk sheep are a handsome looking animal with their distiguished black heads and I was really excited to start sketching them.
These are some of the pencil sketches that I did from the boy's prize winning ewe. I really enjoyed doing these drawings as there are so many different textures and marks within the ewe's fleece.
I created some handmade stamps from the simple shapes within my pencil drawings. With the stamps I have produced these prints, I think that the Suffolk's distinctive black face has created a really bold print which I am really please with and I hope will create an effective design in the future.
A big thank you to Archie and Oscar for taking time out of their half term to tell me all about their Suffolk sheep, I will keep a look out to see how they do at the shows this year!
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’