Well, here’s wishing you all plenty of health, wealth and happiness in the New Year! I’m also wishing that we are all blessed with friendships, family and fortune. Here’s a tiny linocut I made after my linocut class at East London Printmakers today. The sheep are all tangled up in one of those wool care wool mark labels, looking rather warm.happy new sheep 2015_e

The launch of the Sheep coin from The Royal Mint happened last year, but from today I shall be putting mine on display. Here is a super cute picture of 6 year old Lillian Sun looking at the gold-plated silver 1 ounce coin. The official press release and some links to other press is below.

SO… Happy New Year all!!! Let’s Party!
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THE ROYAL MINT CELEBRATES LUNAR YEAR OF THE SHEEP

 As part of the celebrations for Chinese New Year, The Royal Mint has created a new design to mark the Lunar Year of the Sheep, the second issue in the hugely successful Shēngxiào Collection.

 British Chinese artist and printmaker Wuon-Gean Ho, who designed the 2014 Year of the Horse coin for The Royal Mint, continues the collection with a design that once again draws inspiration from both her British and Chinese heritage. The Year of the Sheep coin is the second in this auspicious series and its design reflects characteristics of those born in the year of the sheep: freedom-loving with a passion for company.

 The design artfully uses symbolic elements to create a fusion of Chinese and British heritage. Blending the Chinese symbol with imagery of the distinctive Yorkshire Swaledale sheep, the intricate details of the design highlight its beautiful smooth curled horns in contrast to the swirls of their wool coats.

 Shane Bissett, Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said: “Following on from the hugely popular Year of the Horse coins range, of which three quarters were sold out in the first few months, The Royal Mint is happy to be bringing its craftsmanship and artistic skills to this latest coin in the Shēngxiào Collection. Supporting the centuries-old tradition of giving zodiac coins at the Lunar New Year, we’re expecting to see similar demand this year for Wuon Gean’s stunning design.”

Designer of the Year of the Sheep coin Wuon-Gean Ho says “I wanted the design to draw upon my British and Chinese heritage, as my parents are from Malaysia and Singapore and I was raised in the UK.  I recall observing sheep as part of the British landscape – in the grounds of Blenheim palace, on the hillsides of the Peak district and in the rolling Brecon Beacons.”

 The second design in The Shēngxiào Collection is available to order from www.royalmint.com

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-london-31464673

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/gallery/royal-mint-celebrates-lunar-year-5179648

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ukchina/simp/uk_life/2015/02/150217_life_sheep_coins

http://lkcn.net/news/uk-life/114-royal-mint-year-of-the-sheep-coin

http://www.coinweek.com/world-coins/the-royal-mint-issues-gold-coin-to-celebrate-lunar-year-of-the-sheep/

http://www.rexfeatures.com/livefeed/2015/02/17/the_royal_mint_celebrates_lunar_year_of_the_sheep

http://coxsoft.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/sheep-coin.html

http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/special-edition-coin

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/11417192/Pictures-of-the-day-17-February-2015.html?frame=3201959

http://www.myactimes.com/actimes/plus/view.php?aid=883988

http://www.boxun.com/news/gb/intl/2015/02/201502180408.shtml#.VORdM-asXSc

http://www.neehao.co.uk/2015/02/the-shengxiao-collection-the-royal-mint/

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