On 7 October 2022, Wool Day took place at EINA University of Design, a starting point that provided a theoretical and contextual framework for the current situation of wool in the Sierra de Collserola Natural Park. The format was a round table, and the content and shared learning can be accessed by clicking on the links at the end of this chapter.
Promoted by EINA Obra in collaboration with Inland Campo Adentro, the Sierra de Collserola Natural Park Consortium (CPNSC) and CREAF Centro de Investigación Ecológica y Aplicaciones Forestales [Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications], WOOL DAY was part of LAB Collserola, an experimental and interdisciplinary programme focused on the Sierra de Collserola Natural Park seeking to point out that visual arts and design are tools capable of promoting environmental awareness and ecosocial transformation towards sustainability and resilience.
Our invitation to take part in this event came from the project ‘Tornen les esquelles’ [The cowbells are back] by Martina Manyà and Ana Vivero. The project is structured around the reclaiming of wool from the herds that graze in the Collserola Natural Park, thus becoming an ally in the framework of ‘Collserola wool will not be thrown away’, as drawn and activated by the ERTE Catalyst.
Every year, tons of wool are buried or burned due to the lack of coordination for its processing. ‘Tornen les esquelles’ is an instance of research on how this material can outline alternative futures in the Park, with its environmental, artistic, material and ethical implications. Thus, it puts at the centre of the debate the role of rural production and consumption models in the conservation of the Park, and vindicates the need for developing new forms of territorial cooperation that capture and value rural, environmental and cultural facilities.
From this point of view, during Wool Days we show, discuss and distribute the ERTE cards among participants, adding to our objective of socialising the information collected around the following questions: what is done with the wool of Collserola sheep? What can be done with it? Also, we aim at activating chains of use of a resource that is currently being discarded.
Morning streaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0jpgUjrdTA
Afternoon streaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vROhOtAQQE