Shaun's Pompom parade

It has been a long time since my last post although I hadn't realised how long until I looked back over my blogs today! Life and other things generally just seem to have got so busy that something had to give and the blog was one of them. Things are a little more back on track now so hopefully I will be back to blogging regularly. I will however be reducing the frequency of the blogs to one a  month (around the middle of the month) as that way I am hoping I can keep up with the workload. 

Over the summer I came across a great event by the Campaign for Wool (http://www.campaignforwool.org/). This started out as a 'Join the Flock' arts project co-ordinated by Eden Arts in Cumbria, which began in spring 2011. Schools, groups and individuals throughout the UK were all invited to “Join the Flock” by contributing to a large scale art installation made from thousands of pom-pom sheep. 

The aim of the project was to promote creative collaboration and engagement with wool craft. By encouraging participants to use “real” wool to make their sheep, the project also raised awareness of the wool industry. Over 6000 people from throughout the UK (and beyond!) created sheep for the installation, which went on tour across Cumbria in summer 2012.

The event then developed into  'Shaun's Pompom Parade' which aimed to set a Guinness World Record for the most pompom sheep on display with all the pompom sheet being on show at the Little Creatures area at London Zoo over the August Bank Holiday. 

While the event itself may be over you can still download pompom making instructions at http://www.thewoolroom.com/shaunspompomparade. You can also watch a fun video of Shaun the Sheep's adventures in London Zoo as part of the pompom parade. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD2QtQqhRqc&feature=youtu.be 

The pompoms will be displayed at various events over the next year and you can keep up to date with where they will be by following the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ShaunsPomPomParad

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