Iceland Airwaves Culture Preview: Icelandic Sheep And Its Influence

We’re headed to Iceland Airwaves to cover the festival and cultural stories! Follow our adventures live beginning Nov. 4 right here on our blog and our main class page where we’ll be reviewing shows each night, producing audio stories and more. Check out a story from our preview show, which aired on WCRX.

Iceland’s culture has been shaped by the Icelandic Sheep, they’ve been cultivated for their wool. Knitting is everywhere, from Iceland to Chicago. But not only has knitting rose to stardom so has the Icelandic Sheep as more Western hobby farmers are adopting them into their herds. Here we have insight from Sue Faunce of Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America who explained the special way the sheep’s genes have been kept pure since the Vikings landed in Iceland, Noelle Sharp is a textile artist spoke about how Iceland changed her art and Hélène Magnússon is an Icelandic knitting designer spoke to the sacredness of the Icelandic Sheep in Iceland culture.

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