Muker lies far up Swaledale, tucked in between the often bleak and wild fells on either side. By June each year, the traditionally managed upland hay meadows just beyond the village are full of wild flowers, the colours changing depending on exactly when you are there. The stone barns and dry stone walls mark out the meadows, four of which were designated Coronation Meadows in 2013. Given that 97% of meadows have disappeared over the last 75 years, these meadows become even more precious. I love walking along the flagged path through the middle of the meadows, looking first at individual flowers and then across the meadows to the hills in the background. On the one hand it is short-lived beauty as the meadows are cut in July to provide winter fodder for lifestock, on the other hand you know that, as long as these meadows are preserved, the following year the flowers will be there to see again.
This piece was created using wet felting and needle felting, with Merino, Corriedale and Romney wools, following a visit to the meadows in June 2016.
My buttercups piece was inspired by the same visit.
For more information about Muker Hay Meadows:
https://www.ydmt.org/muker-meadows-swaledale (includes a walk guide)