Happy Sheep is a series of rugs with the bright colour marks of the ram still in the wool. This parts of a sheepfleece is normally thrown away as worthless wool unsuitable for dyeing. Beatrice Waanders thinks this wool is a natural part of the way we keep sheep nowadays in sheepflocks and gives it a prominent place. She’s woolpainting with the already excisting colours. Cultural and landscape heritage becomes part of the artworks and gives it interesting extra layers and dimensions. Happy Sheep comes in wall-tapestries, transparant hangings and rugs.
Beatrice Waanders is a Rotterdam based artist. Since 2008 she’s specialised in felting with raw wool she obtaines straight from Dutch local landscape-projects set up by governmental landscape and nature protection commissions like Staatsbosbeheer and Natuurmonumenten. In her work she’s constantly searching for and pushing the boundaries of possibilities from this raw wool into contemporay design and artworks for modern architecture. This has lead to a worldwide clientele of interiordesigners and collaborations with Givenchy Paris, LVMH, Maison Margiela, John Galliano voor Rihanna and recently with Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout voor Art Basel.
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