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Sheep Unleashed

The last few days were hectic as the deadline for the Tinahely Sheep Flock was looming. I had to complete my contributions and as I was not working in crochet but with paint on metal I found it a bit stressful, to be honest – but mostly a fun challenge…

Doily The Sheep and Origin Of The Species with their friends - Tinahely Sheep Flock - Tinahely Arts Group - by Irene LundgaardDoily The Sheep and Origin Of The Species and friends
Tinahely Sheep Flock – Tinahely Arts Group

Irene Lundgaard 2012

I’m not used to expressing myself with anything but yarn but managed to make “Doily The Sheep” and “Origin Of The Species”.

Fortunately, today all the stress subsided completely as most of the sheep flock were put in place and ready for the Tinahely Walking Festival this coming weekend and my own two made the deadline too – and the paint had even managed to dry.

Note: We open the exhibition Saturday April 14th at 4.00PM. You are welcome to join us!

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My Sheep Is Missing

I met with one of the very vigilant shepherds of the Tinahely Sheep Flock yesterday morning who told me that my sheep (All Fake Fur) had been stolen from it’s base. It was last seen Wednesday evening. I felt sad and I felt glad that I had the experience of the process of making it, no amount of rustlers will ever be able to take that away from me. And who knows, perhaps it will show up again. Never say never.

Missing Poster A4

Unfortunately, two sheep are now missing, which is an awful shame. If you see them, please let me know so we can get them herded in again.

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Tinahely Sheep Flock Exhibition

We are all set for the exhibition opening of the Tinahely Sheep Flock which happens on Friday April 29th at 6.30 pm in the Market Square in Tinahely, Co Wicklow.

Here is a wee preview before the event…

Tinahely Sheep Flock pre exhibition
Tinahely Sheep Flock by TAG – detail

Great craic altogether!

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Feeling Sheepish All Day

IMG_0500smallI am rather deeply infiltrated in the woolly fleece of a public art project to be launched here in Tinahely, Co Wicklow on Friday April 29th in connection with the annual Tinahely Walking Festival. I’m a member of the  The Tinahely Arts Group, which is a collaborative of artists and craft people working together and we are launching our Tinahely Sheep Flock, a flock of sculpted sheep personalized by each individual member.

IMG_0512smallThe sheep will be on display around the village, starting at the Market Square and spreading out in the village to emulate the rhythm of a market town which Tinahely once was. The sheep might put in an appearance at The Tinahely Show and then they  will come back to the square in the autumn and will hopefully reappear again next year and so the years turn.


My own sheep is going to be completely transformed and today the process began. I was helped to get to the heart of the matter with hole drilling galore as I was introduced to a world of magnets and steel shavings and punches and what-not by the most capable and patient man I have meet in a long time. For that I am very grateful.

The next step is to manifest the idea that I have for my sheep and that’s the real hard bit and all I can say is, watch this space… I will be, that’s for sure!

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Currently The Irish Reef is is on show at The Greenhouse in Dublin and we are delighted that The Reef is out of storage and on view for everyone to enjoy. This is The Insitute for Figuring’s fantastic ode to maths and the fragile coral reefs in our oceans. I facilitated and coordinated some of the Irish People’s Reef together with the wonderfully creative Stitch Lily. Our Irish reef was exhibited along with the Wertheim Sister’s Wolly Wonder and was open until June 11th. Get into it! We, The Reefers, now hold the Partnership Agreement with The Wertheims which means we can travel The Irish Reef in Ireland. Although, ultimately, we are looking for a permanent home for this wonderful exhibition.

If you know of a gallery, museum, community centre or any other suitable space that have regular exhibitions and would be suitable for exhibiting this woolly wonder we would love to hear from you. Please drop your mail to:

Check out all my posts on The Irish Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef as well as pictures of my own contributions to the reef here!

Press about the Irish exhibition can be found here:
Irish Times Article

The original Ravelry group on the Irish People’s Reef can be found here. (Ravelry is a forum for yarnies and membership is required to view the group.)
You can find the Yahoo discussion group on the Irish People’s Reef here.
Or check out our blog here.

Links of interest can be found here: