Things have been quiet on the blog front as I have been busy getting work ready for Contemporary Souvenir a solo exhibition at Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh Co Cork. Ireland. I was lucky to do two residencies there and now the resulting work will be on exhibit 14th October - 13th November.
With an interest in social history I have explored the colourful town of Cobh and its stories of lace makers, knitters, ships, emigration, and the sea . I attended lace making classes with local groups in order to learn techniques and to hear new stories. Many stories uncovered were of sinking ships (Titanic and Luisitania ) and of emigration. With an interest in presenting positive stories of the area and its people, Contemporary souvenir will present a series of positive 'souvenirs' for Cobh playing with the colour and characters of the area .
Amongst the works is a Sailors hat with a map embroidered on the top and a bowler hat to celebrate the visit of Laurel and Hardy to the town and the playing of their theme tune on Cobh cathedral carillon. A knitted football celebrates Anne Geary a local woman part of a knitting co-operative who traveled following the world cup in her later years .
A series of deck chairs have been made in collaboration with Anne Kiely ( printed textile artist living in Cork). These are created with imagery and stories of Cobh and the visitor is encouraged to sit upon them and look out to sea .