This is my personal ‘blog’ that is more of a photo journal than written content. Photos are from places I visit and things that I do. I am not a ‘social influencer’ and do not receive payment or products for anything I post about! It’s simply a photo journal of things that may be of interest to those who share my passion for textiles and the Irish landscape. Enjoy!
It’s impossible to ramble through St. Stephen’s Green on a beautiful sunny morning and not have the voice of Noel Purcell and the Dublin Saunter ring in your ears! I was meeting up with a few textile friends at the RHA to visit an exhibition and decided it was much more enjoyable to walk through the park than around it.
We met up at the RHA and visited an exhibition by textile artist Ursula Burke entitled ‘The Precariat’. It was a really interesting exhibition that included embroideries, porcelain and drawing. This exhibition has now ended but if it travels to any other venue I would highly recommend a visit. You can read about the exhibition here http://www.rhagallery.ie/exhibitions/the-precariat/
We then headed towards The Doorway Gallery on Frederick Street where there was an exhibition of embroideries by Textile Artist Aileen Johnston - ‘The Home Place’. These were beautiful detailed embroideries inspired by her home farm in Wicklow.
They have a lovely selection of pieces available at the Gallery. I was particularly drawn to the ceramics of Carol Read and Richard Ballantyne who work together creating beautiful raku ceramic pieces. These quirky animal pieces stayed in my mind over the next few days…..I paid another visit to the gallery….and yes, I came home with some new ‘feathered’ friends!
Here you can watch a YouTube video of Carol and Richard turning a lump of clay into a beautiful raku hare, I’m truly amazed by the process…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRHL_u0AqOM
I was delighted to be one of three invited Artists in Residence at House of Ireland's lovely new Grafton Street store recently. What an amazing pop-up studio space! It was lovely to meet with so many visitors in store and demonstrate my work in progress.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by my stand at the RDS this year. It was a marathon six days! As a solo artist working from home, it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet everyone and chat about my work. Thank you for all your lovely comments and a huge thank you to everyone who decided to go home with a little piece of my textile art. It is honestly a privilege to work at something that brings me such happiness in the making and that then resonates with those who decide to purchase.
Also, a very special thank you to Cecilia from Cecilia Casey Designs who I’ve shared a stand with for the last three years. Cecilia’s beautiful tactile jewellery sits so well with my textured landscapes, we are a perfectly matched pair! Some of Cecilia’s beautiful gemstones have even found their way into a couple of my seascapes :-)
It’s time to relax now and embrace the festive season….Enjoy!
I was delighted to have the opportunity to demonstrate my textile art at the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre this summer. It was a very busy few days...thank you to everybody who stopped by, I really enjoyed chatting with everyone and explaining how the magic happens.....no paint, just fabric and fibre! Thanks also to all the other crafters who made the experience such fun, it was a pleasure to spend time with you all, Breda
I had a lovely visit to Ferguson Irish Linen in Banbridge with another rambling buddy....Leanne from Indiana. Leanne first visited Ireland in 2012 and has been a regular visitor since. She takes wonderful photos of her travels which you can find at travelbyleanne.com. We met through a post on my facebook page regarding Donegal tweed and have been friends since, both sharing a love of textiles and photo trails - I point and shoot on auto, Leanne takes the time to adjust her settings and waits for just the right moment to get the perfect shot! Leanne is a avid quilter and had been looking to buy some traditional Irish Linen to use as a base for her amazing Celtic Knots. I'd done the research and discovered that Ferguson's offer factory tours twice a week....we signed up and headed north.
I have a collection of work inspired by the Giant's Causeway available at the National Trust Shop at the Visitors Centre. It's always a pleasure to deliver work and it's always an excuse for a ramble...not that I need one! I usually take the main road there but the return journey always varies. There's so much to see along the Antrim coast....sometimes I stick to the coastline, other times I drive through the Glens of Antrim. No matter which route I take there's many stops along the way...the camera is always to hand...
One of my favourite spots to visit....how could you not love Avoca! I remember walking past The Mill at Avoca in the early 1980's, it was a very different place to what we see today, but the tradition of weaving was still the same. Be prepared for a riot of colour and texture and a feast for the eyes...
Celebrating 150 years since the birth of William Butler Yeats...
"Entwined Memories" Exhibition - A selected exhibition by members of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, traveled to The Model Sligo and was in situ for all the Yeats celebrations....I was duty bound to check it out! The exhibition looked fantastic in The Model, it received a warm Sligo welcome...so many lovely comments about all the work.
There was so much going on over the weekend it was a challenge to fit it all in....
It was all happening at Lisadell House where they were having a big birthday bash for W.B. Yeats, who had spent a lot of time at Lisadell, I can understand why, the house is beautiful and the setting along the Atlantic shores is stunning.
Lots of media figures had turned up to read some of Yeats poetry...
Time to stop off for a quick coffee and browse around Rathcormac Craft Village
Next stop was Drumcliff which is just across the road
There was a lovely textile exhibition in Teach Bán by The Textile Collective - a collective of textile artists from around the Sligo area.
There was another textile exhibition on at the Nazareth Nursing Home featuring the work of Theresa Kelly and Bernie Gallagher entitiled 'The Light and the Half Light' inspired by a W.B. Yeats poem.
Also happening at the Nazareth as part of the Lily Lolly Craftfest was a weekend workshop with Philippa Turnbull who specializes in historic crewel work embroidery.
Evening was drawing in and I still had to find The Isle of Inisfree....so back on the road...
Got there just as the sun was setting on the 150th Anniversary of the birth of W.B. Yeats, how wonderful. This was an art installation that was due to be placed on the Island, but there were a few technical problems and it got no further than the jetty. I think it framed the island perfectly!
Another day....lots more to see. Tobernalt Holy Well is a beautifully maintained well and an oasis of calm not far from Sligo town.
On towards Hazelwood....
Then drove around Benbulben towards Glencar Waterfall
Stopped off on the way home at Lough Owel just outside Mullingar. There's a beautiful sculpture there by Linda Brunker inspired by the Children of Lir
A weekend workshop with Pam McGregor, organized by Feltmakers Ireland. This was a non stop intensive weekend full of amazing techniques. There wasn't a minute to rest and I just about got time to take a few snaps as I went. I'm not the most proficient wet felter but I did end up with with my little collection of samples....and exhausted!
So, lots of notes were taken, not sure that I can make any sense of them looking back, but I have all my samples as a reference and ideas for future projects.
Here's a few images of Pam's beautiful samples and how mine could have turned out!
I wasn't confident enough to take on Pam's amazing teapot/vessel workshop - maybe next time! If you get an opportunity to attend one of Pam's workshops, I'd highly recommend... go for it.
Here's some images from the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland 'Seascapes' Exhibition in 2011. This was a selected exhibition. The first three images are of my work, then I've included images from other artists participating in the exhibition - apologies for not having time to credit each and every one at the moment - I'll get back to it!