Emigrants, Pioneers, Ancestors, Tourists, 2018

Wool, modeling clay, rubberized wire and yarn

Thinking about the journeys of emigrants, ancestors, pioneers, and tourists— 12 needle felted puffins are sent as gifts to people and institutions in North America and Iceland. Every location bears some significance to The Crown. The birds are felted with a combination of Icelandic sheep’s wool collected from the side of the road on the island of Heimaey, and Icelandic sheep’s wool from a breeder in Utah.