Teeswater Year : Farm · Fleece · Fashion - Bringing rare breed sheep to the museum walls!

Teeswater Year tells the often gritty story of the sheep farming community - in a photography exhibition you can help bring to life.

Teeswater Year : Farm · Fleece · Fashion 

This fantastic new exhibition will be held in 2020 and will feature my photography, alongside the work of textile artist, Yvonne Le Mare, who creates wonderful vessels, garments and wall hangings featuring Teeswater locks. 

Yvonne's side of the exhibition will bring in some great publicity as she'll be using Teeswater locks to decorate a stunning centrepiece felted Wedding Dress. Yvonne is self-funding her items and will be taking commissions at the exhibition.

         

 

What's the exhibition about? 

The Teeswater is a longwool breed of sheep from Northern England, recognisable by its curly, lustrous 'locks', black and white face and distinctive fringe.

For the last two years I have been working with sheep breeders around Yorkshire documenting what the public doesn't see.  Capturing pictures whilst lying in the straw in the lambing shed, observing the breeders preparing the sheep for showing and meeting up with their friends at auctions.  The project focuses on the farmers, the breeders and the sheep themselves. 

 

      

 

How much access have you had?

I've been allowed almost complete access to farms, fields and homes during the last two years. From auctions to lambing sheds, fields and barns, I've been fully supported by the Teeswater Breeders' Association and its members throughout the project.  I've sat in the corners of barns and show rings, letting the cameras capture what happens using only available light. With the exception of the 'Tunstall Lola' images to promote the exhibition, all photographs have been taken using the available light, all has been natural, nothing has been set up or posed.  

 

      

 

Who was involved?

A number of farmers and breeders have been involved in the project.  Smallholders and farmers have been in touch and invited me into their homes. 

         

 

Why a Fundsurfer campaign?

I've secured an amazing venue for the exhibition: The Dales Countryside Museum at Hawes, North Yorkshire and I want to fill the space with high quality, fantastic images.  The exhibition will last several weeks throughout March and over the Easter holidays.

I'd love for families to see and appreciate them - families who, like my own, have only seen sheep grazing in fields, or being shown at agricultural shows. 

This Fundraiser project is designed to achieve this by raising the funds to make the photographic side of the exhibition come together.

 

      

 

What will the money be used for?

To pay for the high quality production of the prints themselves and their delivery.  These images will be professionally printed onto 3mm rigid pvc for museum display purposes and will be of a very high standard.

These unique, one-off exhibition Images will be available as rewards for funding too - they'll make great decorative items and can be wall-mounted just as they are!  If you choose one of these as a reward, you can select from images at the exhibition (subject to availability) and collect from me at the end of April, or I can bring them to a local (North Yorkshire) agricultural show.

 

If the target is exceeded what will the extra funds be used for?

Any excess (depending on the amount) will be used towards publicity costs, hanging costs and, if enough is achieved, towards an opening event.

 

And - who am I?

I'm a Yorkshire based documentary photographer, usually found with my camera covering rural events.  

I have won a number of awards for my images including winning Tennants Garden Rooms 'My Yorkshire' Photography competition in 2017.

My aim is to document events as they really are and to capture what happens 'behind the scenes'.  I absorb myself into my surroundings and my images are often gritty, rather than pretty.

My photographs of Pateley Bridge 1940s event have featured in the Daily Mail You Magazine and Living North and my farming images in Farmers' Mart magazine.  My images have also been published in the Daily Telegraph, The Times and the Yorkshire Post.

I live in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire with my husband, offspring and dog.  If I'm not photographing around the Dales I can often be found by an airfield or sat on hills waiting for planes to pass by...


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If anyone can help Yvonne and me with mounting the exhibition at the end of February 2020, we'd really appreciate it! It coincides with lambing, so the farmers may be willing, but may be far too busy to pop along to give us a hand

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£3 – 'Tunstall Lola' Postcard

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For £3 you will receive a postcard sized print of 'Tunstall Lola', an image created especially for the exhibition and featuring the Great Yorkshire Show Longwool Interbreed champion, modelling hand-dyed Teeswater locks
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£9 – Teeswater Kraft Notelets - Pack of 5

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Teeswater Cards for notes. Printed in black on Recycled Kraft card, these come on packs of 5 (with envelopes).
Cards are A6 size (A5 folded)
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£10 – 'Tunstall Lola' mounted print

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For £10 you will receive a mounted, hand-finished 10" x 8" print of 'Tunstall Lola', an image created especially for the exhibition and featuring the Great Yorkshire Show Longwool Interbreed champion, modelling hand-dyed Teeswater locks
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£10 – Teeswater Photo Gloss Notelets/Cards

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Pack of 5 full colour glossy photographic greeting cards/notelets featuring images of Teeswaters, with envelopes.
Available as Tunstall Lola or assorted Teeswater images (both sets shown in image)
Size is A6 (folded A5 card)
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£12 – Teeswater Natural Cotton Tote Bag

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For £12 you will receive a Teeswater Natural Cotton Tote Bag
Each image has been created from one of my images and is hand screen-printed by me onto a natural cotton bag (bag measures 38x43x10cm)
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£12 – Teeswater T shirt

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For £12 you will receive a Teeswater adult sized 'L' white cotton T shirt. Each image has been hand screen-printed
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£14 – Teeswater Year 2020 Calendar

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Limited Edition Teeswater 2020 Calendar
Measuring 20cm x 30cm this spiral-bound calendar is limited to only 10 copies
Cover Star is Tunstall Lola
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£20 – Soft Toy Sheep wearing Teeswater mini T-Shirt

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For £20 you will receive a cuddly toy sheep wearing a Tunstall Lola Teeswater mini T shirt.
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£25 – Small Original Exhibition Image

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For £25 you can choose a one-off, small (A4 sized) pvc print from the exhibition, for collection after the exhibition closes, plus your name on the exhibition 'Thank You' board

Small images will include many candid show and show & sale images as well as behind the scenes pictures of tups and lambing
*Exhibition images are unframed and are subject to availability 
COLLECTION ONLY

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£28 – Soft Toy Sheep wearing Hand-Knitted Teeswater mini jumper

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For £28 you will receive a Soft Toy Sheep wearing a mini jumper, hand knitted by me in Teeswater wool, plus your name on the Thank You board.
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£35 – Teeswater Year Photobook

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For £35 you will receive a high quality hard-backed photobook of selected images from the exhibition, plus your name on the exhibition 'Thank You' board
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£45 – Medium Original Exhibition Image

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For £45 you can choose a one-off, medium sized pvc print from the exhibition for collection after the exhibition closes, plus your name will feature on the exhibition 'Thank You' board
Medium images will include those from Teeswater Year & Show Year at 45cm square, also 3 x 50cmx17cm 'letterbox' snow images
*Exhibition images are are unframed and subject to availability
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£120 – Large original Exhibition Image

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For £120 you can choose one original, unique, one-off pvc print from the exhibition, any size (excluding canvases) after the exhibition closes, plus your name on the exhibition 'Thank You' board
Images must be collected
*Exhibition images are printed on 3mm rigid pvc, are unframed and are subject to availability

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£150 – Documentary Photography Day with MJ Peakman

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Spend a day with me taking photographs at an agricultural show.
We can meet early nearby, and during the day I can show you my approach to documentary photography, giving tips and advice if needed.
You'll need to bring your own camera (or even a camera phone)

Show to be mutually agreed, but within the North Yorkshire area
* photographs to be taken from publicly accessible areas

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£500 – Half Day Docmentary Photography by MJ Peakman for Rural/Agricultural Project - Corporate Sponsorship

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Logo placement on press releases, promotional posters & printed materials. Special mention on Thank You board.
Half Day natural light documentary-style photography of an agreed rural project (eg show, auction, back-story of rural business or shoot) to be taken by 31/12/20
Includes 1 hr travel from Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Opportunity for opening event at Dales Countryside Museum

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£6 – International P&P

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