Knitting and Stitching at the RDS Dublin from 31st October – 3rd November 2013
Filament Fibre Artists continue with their diverse and exciting work based on Bolands Mill in Co. Kilkenny. Last year, at the Knitting and Stitching Show they showed work in progress from the beginning of the project. Now we are seeing the progression of their work. Time and nature have impacted on this imposing structure and each one of the eight members of Filament is drawn to different aspects of the Mill and its impressive mechanical workings. Themes of preservation and maintenance run through the work, which is strongly influenced by the people who worked in the mill in the past and the evidence of that work which is left behind in the structure. Using both traditional and innovative techniques the group explore the impact of the physical building and its surroundings, and also investigate the history of this old building and the past generations who worked and lived in the area, each member producing vibrant new work that owes much to the group dynamic yet is entirely her own.
Filament Fibre Artists are at stand number TG30 in the Textile Gallery please come along and view this new and exciting body of work and speak to the artists on the stand. Also on show will be work from recent NCAD graduates Siofra Bourke & David O’Malley.
Caroline Schofield and Tara Ní Nualláin have been taking part in the CultureCraft Exhibition at the London Street Gallery as part of the Derry City of Culture initiative.
The opening of the exhibition launched Northern Ireland Craft Month and last week was visited by The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina. The president was greeted by curator Seliena Coyle and Gallery staff. He went on to meet and talk to each of the artists and gave a very informed speech on the importance of craft and making.
Caroline Schofield (pictured below) has been facilitating a master class workshop in Derry this week in support of the CultureCraft exhibition.
Here is a taste of Tara Ní Nualláin’s work that is currently on show at CultureCraft
CultureCraft on Facebook:
London Street Gallery, Derry
Craft Northern Ireland website and August Craft Month Programme
Photos of Caroline Schofield’s stitched portrait currently on view in Brown Thomas window in Grafton Street.
Sheila Jordan I currently taking part in the Feltmakers Ireland “Origins, Felt in the Natural World” exhibition which will open at the Botanic Gardens in Dublin
Sheila’s work consists of a felted bowl and a felt neckpiece with silver detail (pictured above)
Origins – Felt in the Natural World 7th-26th August
As part of its 10th Anniversary celebrations, Feltmakers Ireland will be holding an exhibition of members’ work in the National Botanic Gardens entitled Origins – Felt in the Natural World. The pieces will represent the makers’ response to the natural world and in particular to the plants in the National Botanic Gardens. Take part in the ‘Beautiful Blossoms’ workshops hosted by the Feltmakers on the 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th of August, where you can learn how to make your own flowers from felt. Daily in the Gallery Space, Education and Visitor Centre. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10am-6pm Admission Free. Contact the Visitor Centre for further details on 01 857 0909
Filament Graduate Support Programme
Filament Fibre Artists have commenced a new initiative with a view to supporting recent Textile Graduates as they transition from college to individual practice.
We have invited David O’Malley NCAD Textiles Graduate 2013 to work with the group towards our next exhibition at the Knitting and Stitching Fair in the RDS this November.
David O’Malley’s graduate show “Tyrant” featured a series of costumes and headpieces of intricate design and inventive use of material along with an innovative video of his costumes in the context of a derelict building.
Filament Fibre Artists are looking forward to involving David in our Mill Project and are to the work resulting from the collaboration.
David will be visiting the Mill to make some research visits and will be attending meetings with the Filament Artists to share ideas and progress in advance of the RDS exhibition where his work will be shown alongside Filament Fibre Artists
Irish Times Article featuring images of David’s work:
Several members of Filament Fibre Artists will be taking part in a major craft exhibition “Woven into Memory” at the Wexford Arts Centre and in conjunction with the Blue Egg Gallery.
The exhibition is curated by Carmel Creaner and Mary Gallagher and will be opened by Cornelia McCarthy on the 20th of July at 6pm. The opening will be preceded by with a talk by Carmel Creaner “The Narrative-Lline Embroidered Memories” at 2pm on the 20th of July
Woven into Memory will run until the 31st of August and will feature work from a broad range of artists including Jean McKenna, Sarah Dawson, Sheila Jordan and Tara Ní Nualláin and Caroline Schofield from Filament Fibre Artists.
For more details follow the links below:
Wexford Arts Centre:
The Blue Egg Gallery
The Filament Fibre Artists were treated to a fascinating visit to Fancroft Mill and gardens in glorious summer sunshine last week. When we were invited to visit Fancroft we jumped at the chance to see a working mill that has been completely restored over the last few years due to the dedication of its owners Irene and Marcus Sweeney.
We arrived early in the day to explore the beautiful gardens and enjoy the summer colour at a leisurely stroll before taking advantage of Irene’s tasty refreshments.
Marcus then took us on a tour of the renovated mill. His passion for the renovation, knowledge of the history and working of the mill and his attention to detail were very inspiring. Having such a knowledgeable guide added a great deal to our visit and to our ability to understand the mill we have been researching in Kells in Kilkenny which sadly, is no longer working.
We visited the grain store and had an insight into the type of working environment labourers would have dealt with in the mills. Then we explored the mill race, sluice gates and the mill wheel itself and Marcus explained the workings of the water wheel and its restoration. The cool atmosphere was filled with the steady mesmeric movement and sound of the wheel.
We moved on to the part of the mill where grain is ground into flour. The conservation and restoration of the structure is immaculate. Many of the original elements of the mills mechanics have been retained and are now hundreds of years old. Once they began to move we felt history come to life. The whole building began to thrum and pulse with a low vibration which began with the water in the wheel and made its way up through the mill stones to the whirring belts and shafts on the floors above.
The simplicity and the ingeniousness of the mechanism was very moving and we came away with a deep respect for the people that designed, built and worked this mill. We also gained a new appreciation of what our Mill in Kells must have been like in its glory days.
We left the cool interior of the mill and returned to the treats of Irene’s wonderful kitchen and a feast fit for royalty. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch and learned more of the couples experience with the restoration and upkeep of the mill and gardens.
It was a wonderful and fascinating visit that will inform our work into the future and fuel creativity energy in the new phase of our Mill project. Filament Fibre Artists would like to thank our hosts, Marcus and Irene most sincerely for their wonderful hospitality, their wealth of knowledge and their generosity in giving us their time.