Large Fauxidermy cotton and wool ram sculpture – this was truly a labour of love!

Working on the ram. Tiny bunches of different yarn hand sewn on to create his fleece. Labour of love!

Working on the ram. Tiny bunches of different yarn hand sewn on to create his fleece. Labour of love!

 

When I started this big boy I wanted a piece that would be a real statement piece. An impact in any room. It was important to me that he had good movement so I made his chest to sit straight on the wall, leaving the neck free to turn into the room. I’m so pleased with his position, it’s elegant and assertive.

I casted his eyes in resin and painted the characteristic ram eye with glass paint. I free hand cut out the ram in calico and stuffed him really hard with polyester stuffing. I stitch sculpted his face around the eyes and made his large curled horns. At this point he already looked fab but as I wanted this to be the ultimate ram I decided to give him a really good, warm fleece. So bunching up tiny strands of five different types of yarn I hand stitched each on and created a fleece that had real life to it. I didn’t want it to just be cream so I also used some grey, creating flecks and darker patches. This was a real labour of love but the result is worth it. He stands out! When the yarn stitching was finished I sheered him making sure to bring out the shape of his body. Then I painted his horns with several layers of textile paint as well as giving him some shades around the eyes and nose. He has light eye lashes. Now he was done. Or was he? Something was missing and after all that work I was a little bothered by how real he looked. I don’t want my pieces to look like hunting trophies. I was thinking I should give him a friend and experimented with a little bird to perch on his horn. In the end I thought that would take away from the simple elegance of him so I made i tiny wee mouse and half hid it in the fleece. This was perfect. You don’t even notice it straight away, it could be another dark patch in the fleece. But then you see the tail. It brings a smile to my face every time I look at him. More than a year after I started him he was finished. He was so worth the effort! x

Great way to show the size of him, as you can see this fabric ram sculpture is not small!

Great way to show the size of him, as you can see this fabric ram sculpture is not small!

Wee fabric mouse hidden in the wool

Wee fabric mouse hidden in the wool

Large cotton ram with hand stitched yarn wool

Large cotton ram with hand stitched yarn wool

The eyes are resin painted with glass paint and the horns are painted cotton.

The eyes are resin painted with glass paint and the horns are painted cotton.

I thought he looked a bit too real and too much like a trophy. So I decided to give him a wee friend. Nothing that takes away from his elegance, just a little detail you notice when you look closely.

I thought he looked a bit too real and too much like a trophy. So I decided to give him a wee friend. Nothing that takes away from his elegance, just a little detail you notice when you look closely.

Textile taxidermy sheep sculpture

Textile taxidermy sheep sculpture

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