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Pluid Project – National Comfort Blanket

In February a national callout was made to every artist, maker or creator in the land to collaborate to create Pluid – a national comfort blanket by submitting a single 15cm X 15cm original art work in any medium. The brief was ‘what gives you comfort and solace during this pandemic’. It appears that many of us have found a new respect for our surroundings, our outdoor spaces, our hobbies and our families.

The individual art works will be curated and assembled like crocheted granny squares of old and then exhibited at a venue (to be confirmed) when restrictions allow in Midsummer, June 2021. Following the exhibition of Pluid, artists will be invited to donate their works to be auctioned for Pieta House, working to prevent suicide and self harm. 

It is a wonderful idea and well done to the artists who are organising it. Watch out for the auction and bid for your favourite piece. Instagram: @pluid.project2021. Here are four artworks contributed by element15 members that I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on:

Poolbeg, Pauline Kiernan
Marie Dunne
Eimear Molony
Trish Webb Duffy

Celtic inspiration in wearable art!

We are slightly late for a St. Patrick’s Day post, but the annual celebration of all things Irish reminded me of this little gem. Isn’t this a divine piece of textile alchemy?   Eimear Molony rolled up to our last meeting wearing this broach on her lapel – yes it is a broach! Only 5cm x 8cm at most it is miniature artwork at its best.  Such detailed work on such a small piece of fabric.  Now we all want one!


Broach by Eimear Molony

Layers of wool fibre have been trapped onto a base fabric using an embellisher.  A hand made cord has been couched onto the ground in a spiral pattern and then beads and hand embroidery added.   The edges have been finished in satin stitch.

Eimear may not have had our patron saint in mind when she made the broach but we think it is a fitting way for element15 to commemorate the day, albeit a little late!