Sunday, April 14, 2024

Massey design academic turns spotlight on NZ’s iconic woolsheds

A Massey University lecturer and design expert is turning the spotlight onto New Zealand’s most historic, colourful and community-oriented woolsheds to produce a book honouring the structures.

Federated Farmers is helping Dr Annette O’Sullivan raise the $30,000 she needs to complete the book.

Dr O’Sullivan says she feels a sense of urgency to get the book completed, as so many iconic woolsheds are being lost due to changes in land use and sheep farming.

Monies raised will be used to commission world-class photography of woolsheds from award-winning New Zealand photographer Jane Ussher, who is already well known for her beautiful work capturing New Zealand’s iconic homesteads.

Federated Farmers has set up a PledgeMe campaign to raise the funds, which has so far almost reached the $5,000 mark.

Anyone making a contribution to the fund will be thanked in print in the book. There are also discounted copies on offer and the chance to buy exclusive limited edition prints of the photography featured in the book.

“It is important to remember where we’ve come from and this book is a great way to honour the history of the woolshed, the people who have worked in them and the product they make,” said Federated Farmers National meat and wool spokesperson Toby Williams.

“We would gratefully appreciate your support for this book.”

The link to the campaign is: https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/7349-historic-woolsheds-book-fund

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