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Ella Doran: Sheep to Seat, Fleece to Floor

Upper Space
Future
15 Jun–15 Sep 2019

‘I am very excited to be working on this project with YSP, featuring the journey of British wool, culminating in my exhibition next June. It celebrates the Park’s resources, its beauty, and the joy of creativity and collaboration.’

Ella Doran

Award-winning designer Ella Doran showcases the transformation of wool in her most ambitious project to date.

Sheep to Seat, Fleece to Floor follows the journey of wool from the sheep which graze the historic landscape of the Park, from shearing to scouring, spinning to weaving and design to product development. The result is a display of beautiful bespoke furniture, furnishings and photographic prints, all of which are available to buy.
 
As an homage to local products, suppliers and processes, the exhibition highlights the importance of the circular economy in reducing waste and sustaining livelihoods and traditions. It shines a light on one of the most versatile, sustainable, abundant and undervalued of the UK’s agricultural products: wool.
 
Doran has developed close working relationships with YSP’s neighbouring farmers, Philip and Charles Platt; British Wool, who hand graded the wool after shearing; Haworth Scouring, who scoured (cleaned) the wool ready for manufacturing; and British manufacturers, Camira and Alternative Flooring, who have transformed the raw material into beautiful products for the home.

Featuring Doran’s Waterlake design – a distinctive and colourful pattern inspired by the movement of water and the abundant flora on the estate at YSP – Camira have created an exquisite jacquard wool fabric which covers a custom-made chair conceived by British designer Julian Mayor and manufactured by Coakley & Cox. Created from one of YSP’s naturally storm-felled oaks, the chair is available in two colourways taken from hues found within the Park’s landscape.
 
The wool also features in a unique floor runner produced by Alternative Flooring. Dyed to specific colours from Doran’s chosen palette, the yarn is woven on Axminster narrow-width looms to create a luxurious runner, bringing together traditional techniques and contemporary design, and providing a plush centrepiece to the exhibit.
 
Transforming YSP’s Upper Space into a contemporary living room, the exhibition features upholstered stools; tapestries; a series of photographs, which document YSP’s unique 500-acre landscape throughout the seasons; and abstracted screen prints.
 
Doran has also collaborated with filmmaker Paul Wyatt to produce a short film featuring some of the key personalities involved in the project. Visitors can follow the unfolding story alongside the show.
 

‘Wool is a material that can demonstrate the circular economy in action. I hope to shed light on the amazing range of processes that wool goes through in order to become a finished product and how nothing goes to waste.’

Ella Doran

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Ella Doran Brushwood Bark Tote Bag

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Created exclusively for YSP, this lined market bag includes short and long handles, created by Ella Doran as part of her 'Brushmarks' range, responding to the beautiful Bretton Estate,...

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Ella Doran Brushwood Bark Umbrella

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Keep yourself dry with this beautiful double layer, auto-open umbrella, created exclusively for YSP by Ella Doran as part of her 'Brushmarks' range. The Brushwood Bark design and colour...

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Ella Doran Dry Stone Wall Mug

£11

Ella Doran mug from the 'Through the Camera Lens' range featuring photography of historic dry stone walls at YSP. – 9cm x 9cm – Boxed – Dishwasher and microwave safe

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Ella Doran Lower Park Lime Leaves Apron

£29

Stylish apron featuring Ella Doran's 'Through the Camera Lens' design, inspired by the lime trees in Lower Park. Featuring a printed pocket and ties at the back.   –...

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Ella Doran Lower Park Lime Leaves Mug

£11

Ella Doran mug from the 'Through the Camera Lens' range featuring photography of historic dry stone walls at YSP. – 9cm x 9cm – Boxed – Dishwasher and microwave...

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Ella Doran Oak Wood Tray

£25

Ella Doran visited YSP through the seasons to take inspiration from the landscape of YSP to create her 'Through the Camera Lens' range including this birch ply tray. – 38cm...

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Ella Doran Water Lake Apron

£29

Black denim apron with corron panama printed pocket from renowned designer Ella Doran's 'Brushmarks' range, created in response to the beautiful Bretton Estate, home to...

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Ella Doran Water Lake Chopping Board

£10

'Water Lake' chopping board from successful designer Ella Doran's 'Brushstrokes' range, designed exclusively for YSP and inspired by the Bretton Estate. – Sustainably...

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Ella Doran Water Lake Coasters

£10

Set of four coasters from renowned designer Ella Doran's 'Brushmarks' range, created in response to the beautiful Bretton Estate, home to YSP. Made with sustainably sourced eucalptus...

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Ella Doran Water Lake Cushion

£35

Duck feather cushion, created exclusively for YSP in response to the beautiful Bretton Estate and part of renowned designer Ella Doran's 'Brushmarks' range. – Killary natural...

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Ella Doran Water Lake Mug

£11

'Water Lake' Mug from successful designer Ella Doran's 'Brushstrokes' range, designed exclusively for YSP and inspired by the Bretton Estate. – 9cm x...

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Ella Doran Water Lake Placemats

£25

Set of four placements from renowned designer Ella Doran's 'Brushmarks' range, created in response to the beautiful Bretton Estate, home to YSP. Made with sustainably sourced eucalptus...

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Ella Doran Water Lake Tray

£25

'Water Lake' Tray from successful designer Ella Doran's 'Brushstrokes' range, designed exclusively for YSP and inspired by the Bretton Estate.  –38cm...

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Ella Doran Woodland Bark Cushion

£35

'Woodland Bark' Cushion from Ella Doran's 'Through the Camera Lens' range, inspired by the woodland at YSP.  – 100% cotton  – 45cm x...

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Ella Doran Woodland Bark Mug

£11

'Woodland Bark' Mug from successful designer Ella Doran's 'Through the Camera Lens' range, designed exclusively for YSP and inspired by the Bretton Estate. – 9cm x...

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Ella Doran Woodland Bark Tote Bag

£35

Stylish tote from Ella Doran's 'Through the Camera Lens' design, inspired by the woodland at YSP. Featuring leather handles and an internal zipped pocket. – Leather shoulder...

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Ella Doran Woodland Leaves Tea Towel

£10

'Woodland Leaves' Tea Towel from successful designer Ella Doran's 'Through the Camera Lens' range, designed exclusively for YSP and inspired by the Bretton Estate.  –...

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