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Video: Cast Out with Love

The Poetic Reconstruction of a Cornish Gansey, from Sheep to Sea.

The traditional Cornish Gansey is a uniform for fishermen and sailors dating back to the 18th Century. They are a link between our heritage industries, a feat of engineering, constructed mainly by women. It is a complex piece with considered features, technical for the time, made to keep our men and now women safe and warm during their long days at sea. 

This project documents the reconstruction of a Gansey. From sheep to sea; shearing, processing, dying, knitting and fishing, in an attempt to bring awareness to the work that goes into these revered pieces. Elevating transparency in supply chains, unveiling the hidden figures, the craftsmanship, shifting gender roles, the romance, heart and soul that runs through each and every jumper. 

It was a collaboration between so many, friends old and new, each contributing something incredibly special to the project. Thank you all:

Written and Produced by Lauren Williams
Film by Greg Dennis
Photography by James Bowden
Poem by Hannah Stocks
Read by Sarah J Stephens
Knitting by Dana Kellett
Dying by Sarah Johnson
Shearing by Matt Smith
Wool processing by The Natural Fibre Company
Fishermen Amy Isobel Rose
Skipper Andrew Stephens on the Britannia IV
Narration by Sarah J Stephens
Music by Femmes de la Mer
Gansey wool by Frangipani Wool
Knitted swatches by Merryn Sumner, Norma Dale, Jenny Lake, Steph Wheeler, Maggie Weaver and Jan Gruitt

Running time: 4 minutes

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Cornish Coast (credit: Sebastien Coell)

11 comments on “Video: Cast Out with Love

  1. johnlawsonpoet
    September 24, 2022

    The poetry of the voice-over coupled with the poetry of the images perfectly.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      September 24, 2022

      I agree, John. A lovely balance of poetry, nature, history, craft and tradition… I love this short film.


      Liked by 2 people

  2. John Z
    September 24, 2022

    Really enjoyed this short video, which reminds me of my mother’s knitting in old days and urges me to write a poem.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      September 24, 2022

      Yes, I’ve known many knitters including my wife, and the craft fascinates me.


  3. José A. Alcántara
    September 24, 2022

    Having been a knitter, a commercial fisherman, and a poet, I loved seeing all three put together into one beautiful film. Thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      September 24, 2022

      You constantly amaze me, Tony. Your many lives, your incredible skills, your devotion to others…


      • José A. Alcántara
        September 24, 2022

        Thank you, Michael, but you have done much more for others than I ever have. On the other hand, I once knitted a sweater while working on a boat off the west coast of Alaska.


  4. melpacker
    September 24, 2022

    Great video, thanks for posting. Unfortunately, it made me want to buy one (for which one probably has to take out a bank loan, LOL).

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      September 24, 2022

      Thanks, Mel. Sorry about our recent dust-up. Your friendship and example are important to me.

      Peace, M.


      Liked by 1 person

      • melpacker
        September 24, 2022

        Hah! I wasn’t aware we had one!

        Liked by 1 person

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