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Shetland Oo by Tom Barr & Kate Davies


A stunning visual documentation of those working with Shetland wool today. Striking portraits and photography by Tom Barr accompany insightful essays and profiles by Kate Davies of the people working on this fabled island with the fibre from its native sheep.

Wool—or in Shetlandic, Oo—has for centuries figured centrally in island life. Hardy, colourful, characterful sheep have adapted over millennia to a challenging climate, and Shetlanders have always put their fine fleeces to good use, in beautiful, distinctive textiles ranging from woven tweeds to Fairisle handknits. From croft to creative enterprise, wool remains at the heart of many island industries today, and this collaborative documentary project reveals the many different kinds of work that oo supports. In these pages you’ll meet the fascinating graders, breeders, tanners, artists, designers, knitters, weavers, hand spinners, knitwear manufacturers and retailers, who, in so many different ways, have made their lives in oo. Photographed by Tom Barr, and with accompanying essays and profiles written by Kate Davies, this book is produced in celebration of the vital contemporary work of Shetland wool.

The paperback edition comprises 116 pages and is printed and bound by Bell & Bain in Glasgow. The images reproduced here are copyright Kate Davies Designs and used with permission.

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