The Mill Project At Grennan Mill

  I have recently been developing work towards a Filament Fibre Artists show at Grennan Mill in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival This show will chart the latest stage of The Mill Project and will feature work by six of the Filament Fibre Artists and will be curated by Caroline Schofield….

Workshop at Visual

I had a great afternoon in Visual giving a workshop “Lacing Past and Present”. I was delighted to meet a great group of enthusiastic stitchers who were keen to explore the potential of Perspex as a ground for stitch. Everyone in the group had sewing experience and so the results were wonderfully creative making the role…

Materialisation: Mapping the Making

Materialisation: Mapping the Making opened last night the 6th of June in Visual Carlow as part of the opening of the Carlow Arts Festival. I was really excited to see the final work in situ in the Link Gallery and I was delighted with the placement and presentation of the work. The lighting of the…

Stitching the Panels

Once Colin had completed the construction of the pieces I collected them and took them home where I assembled them and stitched into the drilled holes as per the design I had made. This took some time but was really effective and created a beautiful three dimensional effect as the stitch passed through the layers of Perspex. Because of…

Constructing the Panels

Once the panels were etched they needed to be drilled with holes so I could stitch the design. The holes needed to be the same on each of the panels so they would line up when the pieces were constructed. In all more than 1000 holes were drilled in the four sheets of Perspex that made…

Laser Etching

  I had two laser etching samples made of two separate designs for the final pieces so I could decide on the which would work best for the large panels. The results changed my mind on the final design and I decided on the lace pattern (on the right above) as I thought it would scale up…

Carlow Arts Festival

Materialisation Mapping the Making will be opening at Visual in Carlow at the Launch of The Carlow Arts Festival. Visual will play host to the openings of Joana Vasconcelos Valquiria Enxoval and the Eigse Open Submission. The Festival has a fantastic programme of events including visual arts, music, spoken word and much more! I will be giving a workshop…

Stitch Design for Panels

I have been working on the final resolution of the design for the over stitching for the etched panels and breaking down the design so Colin can drill the panels for me. The panels will consist of two layers of 15mm Perspex and the laser etched image will be sandwiched between the two layers. Colin will drill…

Maquets for final pieces

Working toward the resolution of final design for the panels has required careful consideration and as part of the process I have worked with sample panels. I have made mock up’s of the panels and I have photographed them in Visual to see how the materials work in the surroundings. The first maquets I made…

Laser Etching Samples

My samples of the laser etching designs arrived today. I narrowed the designs down to two separate images one based on a piece of lace from the Borris Collection and the second based on a DNA design from my notebook. I had scale samples made of each so I could get an idea how the final piece might…

Design work for Final Piece

Design work for Materialisation has been developing based on research and on the resulting concerns from the Workshop day at Visual. I have been brainstorming ideas through drawing, as above. I have been liaising with Colin on the design specs to address technical and construction issues to make sure that the panels will safely stand on their…

Workshop at Visual

The artists taking part in “Materialisation: Mapping the Making”, Trish Belford, Joe Hogan, Inga Hamilton and Helen Robbins and myself  came together with some of our collaborators for a workshop in Visual in Carlow along with Anne Montgomery and Conelia McCarthy. We also got to meet with representatives from Eigse Carlow Arts Festival and the Staff…