Archive for May 2008

Smitten II

some fellside agitprop?

[I was looking for this photo last night, and couldn’t find it:

Sheep on the Move, by lundulph]


Written by Dave Lovely

May 13, 2008 at 9:09 am


images from mid-19th century Shepherds' Guide

… with the idea of proto-constructivist agit-prop on the fells, stray Herdwicks limning quasi-Malevichs, near-Mondrians, organised by eager sheepdog commissars. Kurt Schwitters perhaps nearby, appreciating this rural echo of the vanished hopes of Weimar modernism.

Smit Marks: “The smit mark is a bold stroke or pop, spot, or other coloured mark on the sheep’s body, that can be seen clearly from a distance.” – from a page about Shepherds’ Guides from a very interesting general site about the history of the Lake District.

See also Barry McKay’s lecture delivered at the Hidden Typography Conference, St Bride Printing Library, 20 October 2003.

Written by Dave Lovely

May 12, 2008 at 9:16 pm