Corrymoor Socks feature in Sock Exchange Art Project in Liverpool

The humble socks on your feet could become a new art form, especially if they are mohair socks from Corrymoor Farm in East Devon.

Corrymoor Socks are to feature in an art exhibition in Liverpool to highlight the need for sustainability in the way we lead our lives.

The Climate for Change exhibition at the FACT gallery in Liverpool features the work of artist in residence Kai-Oi Jay Yung who is undertaking her Sock Exchange project at the gallery to help turn socks into works of art (April 6-12th), inviting visitors to bring their odd and holey socks to the gallery as well as running a Speed Socking Lonely Hearts event.

As part of her activity Jay has been investigating the sock manufacturing industry with her video “Socking”, which will also feature the angora goats of Corrymoor Farm at Stockland in East Devon. The film examines the whole sock making process from the birth of angora goats at Corrymoor Farm to the eventual finished socks which are then sent to customers around the world.

Kai-Oi Jay Yung wants to make consumers re-think the way they consume, and to understand what it takes to produce everyday items like socks and what effect that process has on the environment; “I want consumers to be more aware of the small details in their lives that they take for granted – like socks. The video will give a platform for the agricultural and textile industries, but the sock exchange will give people the chance to have fun and to darn their old socks and turn them into little works of art.”
Steve Whitley, who runs Corrymoor Farm with his wife Jenny, admits to having been a little surprised when he was approached by Jay to take part in the video for the art exhibition.

“We were a bit sceptical at first. It is not every day that you are asked to appear in a video for the sake of art, but Jay soon persuaded us that she was serious about making the public think about agriculture and the sock making process. It is nice to think that our angora goats and socks are being celebrated in this way.”

For more information about Sock Exchange, please contact Jay Yung on 07961 915011 or email yung_jay@hotmail.com
www.myspace.com/artsockexchange

For more information about Corrymoor socks visit www.corrymoor.com or email socks@corrymoor.com or Tel 01404 861245.