Last year the beaches of Wexford hosted a collection of artworks, installed as a temporary project. One of my pieces was included when a group of ocean-loving creatives responded to an open call from Andi Mc Garry and Lar O’Toole. This year they are doing it again, and one of my new textile art pieces has again been selected.
‘Catch 22 Art Trá‘ features art from by 15 creatives and will happen round Kilmore Quay, Wexford.
I love to make art with an environmental theme, my piece is made from jeans, an old bedsheet, and net wrapping used on vegetables. Everyone was instructed to created robust, waterproof, and wind-proof art, so I wonder how mine will fare out in the wind.
Since I finished sewing, embroidering, and painting my piece for the Wexford exhibition I have been experimenting with knitting.
I knitted plastic bags, old clothing, and wool. Cutting everything up to prepare long strands as the raw material is a relaxing part of the process: knitting is not!
I made unecessary work for myself by mixing clothing (that I cut into thin strips) with the plastic bags. The plastic was cut into thin strips too, but sewing with ‘plarn’ as it’s known, meant that there was no consistency in my stitches. A ball of wool, on the other hand, has the same thickness the whole way through. It took me a while to figure out why it was all going a bit wonky.
Despite the challenges (and aching wrists from time to time) making functional items by upcycling materials is still fun. I’ll keep experimenting until I find a use for the knitted piece that I made, simly because it took me ages” And I like the colours.
This wall hanging is one of my favourites. It is made from an old pair of trousers, a shirt, yoga leggings, and a curtain tieback. It is 100% hand-stitched.
I used fabric only to make it which is so much easier than knitting. I even embroidered decorative stars onto the white pocket. That one is made from a pillow case. If you would like a wall hanging, get in touch.
My poetry has stalled at the moment because I am busy with work. The bills gotta be paid. Winter will bring me more opportunities to develop new short stories and to do some editing. Read about my next breathwork, art, and writing workshop in Kerry here.
That’s the end of my arts news for this month. If you want a Winter newsletter by email, let me know below.
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