Wandering Methods Exhibition, Dublin
Over three months I collaborated with a group of local residents in Dublin and artist Maeve Clancy to create new work for the exhibition Wandering Methods.
This exhibition was the result of a creative project developed by Bealtaine Festival and Craftspace (UK) in partnership with the Office of Public Works. The aim of the project was to bring alive and interpret the history, stories and architecture of Rathfarnham Castle, through a creative process which allows time to connect, build relationships, reflect, share knowledge and lived experience.
The participants learned craft skills in both paper cutting and screen printing, as well as delving into the history and stories of the Castle building, its architectural and decorative details, and their own associations with and histories of the locality. Through a process including photography, drawing, paper cutting and screen printing, they made both individual and collective responses to a shared heritage.
Exhibition 23rd May 2012 at Rathfarnham Castle in Dublin.
Taking Time Craft and the Slow Revolution
An action research project commissioned by the National Trust and Craftspace which was exhibited in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and toured nationally. I worked with local Afro-Caribbean elders at the National Trust property, Wightwick Manor, to develop a collection of contemporary wallpapers and prints inspired by the property’s extensive collection of Arts and Craft design.
The exhibition explores how contemporary craftspeople respond to ideas about slowing down how we work and what we produce, and the importance of contributing to a more sustainable society. The Slow Movement, to which the Slow Food movement is connected, began as a reaction to our fast-paced consumer culture. It calls for more local production, valuing where things come from, and creating communities and a sense of belonging through being part of a shared activity. The exhibition was curated by Helen Carnac.