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Pathways Exhibition- Emerging Artist Award

Sooooooooooooooooo, this happened!

I only went and got myself an “Emerging Artist Award” … it’s a big deal folks, and slightly hilarious as I feel like I’ve been making art for all the 46yrs of my life! Still, I have been doing this professionally… the Arts practice bit since leaving busy business behind in 2020, so I guess that’s recognition for the last 3 years.

Thanks so much to CraftNI, DCCI and Cork Craft for putting Artists and Crafters at the front in #Augustcraftmonth. The Pathways Exhibition opened in Belfast CraftNI shop and gallery last Thursday 3rds August and runs until 15th Sept.

There is lots to see at CraftNI with ceramics, textiles, and Jewelry pieces. It really is a lovely shop , with affordable pieces of Irish craft for special occasions and Christmas.

Perhaps you might take a day trip to my hometown- Belfast, explore the Cathedral quarter, have afternoon tea at the Merchant and a quick one perhaps at the Dirty onion. Pick up some whiskey from "Friend of the Hand", visit Titanic or Game of thrones, the Ulster Museum (free and great for kids), W5 -(also great for kids )and the CraftNI gallery to see my piece!

My piece is called “Extinguished”. It represents the number of children, minors and young people that were killed during “The Troubles". Innocent lives quickly extinguished.

Each life is represented by a lit match, burned bright but short. The ground fabric is wet felted 100% wool, representing the earth and land. Then all is encased between this wool and a shroud of lightweight silk chiffon, representing the ethereal, precious, and fragile life and beyond.

The matches are connected by a red linen thread, each knotted and linked together. “The red thread that connects” is an Eastern concept of connectedness, pathway, or destiny.

The piece is 85cm x 85cm Framed (Wool, Silk Chiffon, Linen, and Wooden Matchsticks)

Workshop on August 20th is booked out at Brookwood Pottery, Marino and is also part of August Craft Month- Elaine has a beautiful shop and supports so many makers. Please spread the word and tell your friends to subscribe to my mailing list to hear about workshops in advance of advertisement.


I have a day long adult class on Nov 18th- to get you in the sparkly season- making tree topers and mantel piece ornaments… contact The Riverbank ( Arts and theatre centre, Newbridge) for booking and keep an eye on social media for further events too.

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