Sheep Shearing Weekend

Sheep Shearing demonstration

May 30 & 31, 2015
9 am to 5 pm

Lake Metroparks Farmpark
8800 Euclid Chardon Rd
Kirtland, OH 44094
440-256-2122 or 800-366-3276

Watch us shear our sheep of their winter coats and process it into a variety of fiber products. Learn how to spin, weave and make felt and meet fiber-producing animals including sheep, llamas and alpacas.

 

Sheep grow a fleece or coat of lustrous fiber called wool that is used to make many wonderful products from clothing to blankets. Over the summer and fall the sheep will grow enough fleece to keep warm in the winter and provide us with a nice fleece in the spring. Farmers shear the wool each year in the spring to obtain the fiber and to keep the sheep from overheating during the hot summer weather. Think of it as giving the sheep a haircut..

Watch Tot, our border collie in action as she herds the sheep through Shepherds Field. Watch as she gives the sheep “the eye” and follows the herding commands of her handler.

 

Inside Outside Sheep

Rachel Gordon

ABOUT THE SHEEP

Sheep have been a companion to humans for thousands of years. They provide us with everything we need – food, clothing, milk, warmth, companionship, shelter, musical instruments – and yet what do we think of when we think of sheep? Most of us think boring, white, fluffy, gentle animals who do not think for themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth! Like people, sheep come in all different shapes and sizes, colors, and personalities.

Like people, sheep like being connected to each other and living in community – and they are each unique as individuals. I am fascinated by the interplay of outer appearance and inner self - our exterior as a reflection of our interior and vice versa - how much we judge and make assumptions based on appearance and the dream of reaching unity in the diversity. Inside Outside Sheep celebrates the uniqueness of each one of us. We are better as a whole when each one of us is able to radiate out what makes us special inside. What’s your inner sheep?

BIO

Rachel Gordon creates fun and unique art in many different media. She has been passionate about sheep for many years –as paintings, prints, drawings, and small sculptures – and loves how they make her laugh as their personalities emerge. When she isn’t working or hanging out with the sheep, she illustrates children’s books and publishes coloring pages for kids every week on her blog www.sophieandsadie.com. Rachel also works in photography, fiber art, conceptual art and installation, illustration, and printing. A common thread in her art is encouraging people to stop and see the beauty, wonder, and fun in everyday life and objects.

Rachel lives in Cleveland. Her work has been exhibited in the USA, Russia, and Israel. She has been recognized by the State of Israel as an artist of high distinction and was a recipient of the 2014 Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Lab Fellowship.

Follow her work on Facebook (Rachel Gordon Art) and her websites www.rachelgordonart.com and www.insideoutsidesheep.com.

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