This month I am showing an Exhibition of my feltmaking work in Maynooth Library, the community space. This is a small, local, community library but it is well used and very conveniently located on the main street. I am so pleased to have my work on display here for the next month. This is my local library and over the years I have often popped in with the kids and also to view other exhibitions (always wondering in the back of my mind, could I display my pieces here, in my adopted hometown?)
For this Feltmaking exhibition, I have worked on three new pieces that are being shown in the library for the first time. These pieces are inspired by the Irish Landscape. “Rock Pool” is a large piece made from wool, silk and wool nepps. I have embroidered silk cocoons and gilded these with gold leaf.
The “Stone Stack” incorporates Donegal tweed, from McNutt of Donegal and hails back to my other “spiritual” home, Co. Donegal.
The more neutral coloured stone stack, also gilded in gold leaf, is created with a selection of Irish bred Sheep’s wool on a Merino and lambswool base. This fragile stack is meant to illustrate the current state of the Irish wool industry, fragile, teetering but building on strong foundations.
Please do come along. I will be holding an hour-long demo and chat on Saturday 10th at noon. No booking is necessary, and it is a drop-in session, if you want to see a little felt making and chat about my influences and inspirations…
Otherwise, the work is on show for the rest of the Month, till the first week March. You will also see a selection of my teaching samples, which I like to bring into schools to show the versatility of this sensory craft.
Maynooth has lots of lovely sports for coffee and great eateries too, plus a good selection of pubs. Take a walk up the Avenue into the grounds of Carton house country club, or wander through the old college at St Patrick’s- now Maynooth University.
If you are inspired enough to try your hand at wet- felt making, please remember that I have kits on sale with everything you need.
Booking is also open for my next face to face workshop on April 21st ( 10- 3pm in Celbridge), when we will spend a day creating wonderful flowers for spring and summer on a wreath ready to hang on your door.