Paisley Dee Photographs The Shearing of the Sheep at 1818 Farms

Situated in the historic village of Mooresville, Alabama (population 54), Nest Artisan Guild business 1818 Farms derives its name from the year Mooresville was incorporated, which predates Alabama’s own statehood by an entire year. Here one finds three peaceful acres in which pot-bellied pigs, hens, and goats are the happy compatriots to a very special breed of sheep: the Babydoll Southdown Sheep. Bearing some semblance to a stuffed animal come-to-life, Babydoll Sheep are a rare and endangered breed whose lineage 1818 is bent on preserving. Not only are they cute, Babydoll Sheep are a maker’s delight, yielding beautiful fleece that runs in the 19 to 22 micron range – sharing company with such prestigious fibers as cashmere. Babydoll fleece also contains more barbs per inch than any other type of wool, allowing for it to blend easily with other fibers. As 1818 Farms cultivates its vision to be a self-sustaining farm in which locally grown food, beauty products, and hand knit clothing are spun from the same proverbial threads, Nest is committed to playing a supporting role in fostering sustainable business growth. The opportunity to help presented itself this past March during the much anticipated Shearing of the Sheep. A special occasion during which 1818’s Babydolls shed their winter coats and step into a more minimal spring look, the Shearing of the Sheep is a photogenic occasion worthy of inspiring any skilled photographer. So Nest Professional Fellow and all-star artist and photographer, Paisley Dee, got to the task and traveled to Moorseville to produce a stunning series of images that capture the serene beauty of a treasured tradition. Paisley’s photos present a visually dynamic medium through which 1818 Farms can better educate consumers and brand clients about the rare process and story behind their hand spun one-of-a-kind wool.

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