Cove Park Artist Residency
For six weeks in the summer of 2013 I was on an artist residency at Cove Park in Scotland. Cove Park is a hub for national and international artists across disciplines to exchange their experience and develop their practice further. I explored the cultural references found in textile and pattern design within domestic environments. Specifically I looked at tenement cleaning and decorating in Glasgow from the early part of the 20th Century.
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.
The National Trust and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, October 2009, Birmingham.
Discovering Traditional Lithuanian Craft
I was invited to Lithuania to work with textile students from the Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts. The project focused on investigating traditional Lithuanian Craft with alternative materials. We were very lucky to visit the textile archive in the Ciurlionis Museum to carry out research for the project. Having spent a week in Kaunas we travelled to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nida which sits on the remarkable geological formation known as the Curonian Spit at the Baltic sea. We stayed at the Nida Art Colony which is a new subdivision of the Vilnius Academy of Arts and a meeting place for experienced and emerging artists, designers, architects, curators, and researchers from around the world. The project was funded by the Ministry of Education and Science in Lithuania. (Drawings by students from Kaunas Faculty VDA)