Archive for May 2008
some fellside agitprop?
[I was looking for this photo last night, and couldn’t find it:
Sheep on the Move, by lundulph]
… 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.