Does cuteness create empathy with or misunderstanding about real animals?
Crochet wolf by Sarah Irving. (2019)
Despite concerns, we chose an acrylic yarn. To create a wolf in sheep’s wool would mean that the wolf had subsumed the sheep’s body; a symbolic consumption that would sit in opposition to my message about the human threat to wolves and other wild animals. We did look at plant yarns, such as a thistle or nettle thread but only found ones mixed with sheep’s wool.
‘The nettle yarn has a small amount of wool in it (about 10%) and he just didn’t look right in cotton – too smooth. It needed a slightly hairy yarn.’ (Sarah Irving)