Enriching the connection to Irish Linen as part of my ongoing interest in 'Earth-Made' practices and processes in my work. On Saturday 19th August, in the rain and wind of Storm Betty, I set off for the hills of County Tyrone to spend the day with Charlie Mallon and Helen Keys on their farm just outside Cookstown. Helen and Charlie, are leading the way for reviving production of Irish Linen on the island of Ireland with their Fibre to Fabric initiative in partnership with weaving firm, Mourne Textiles. While Irish Linen is still woven in on this island, the flax...
Regular walks throughout the Winter are my way of keeping connected to the landscape and the changing of the seasons.
Come January and February I eagerly await the smallest signs of spring that may appear- buds starting to form, green shoots appearing, snow drops, the slight lengthening of days, and, of course, the bright and vibrant yellow of the whin/gorse blossom providing a burst of hopeful colour even on the greyest days.
In my second blog post connected to the Land and Lore exhibition, I will be exploring a little more about the textile installation piece- Woodland Quilt (A Quilt for Suibne mac Colmáin). I will explore its symbolism and meaning and how it was produced on Irish Linen to celebrate Irish Woodlands
A Sense of Place Collection- The Story behind my new Giclée prints inspired by the Northern Irish Landscape