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Long time no chat!

Apologies for the long gap since our last post.  We are looking forward to a creative 2019 – but we have not been entirely idle since last year – we have just been a little quiet on the website and blog!  Hannaleena has been keeping our profile up on Instagram so you can also follow us there too on element15textile 

Some of us have been travelling ….. Australia…..India……and more.  

Some of us have started studying again ….. National College of Art and Design….. Crawford College of Art and Design…..

Some of us have given workshops….. felt hat making…….

Some of us have been ill…..

Some of us have exhibited and sold our work……

and most importantly of all, most of us are still creating, learning, sharing and looking forward to a productive 2019!  We are having a planning sessions this week to work towards our next big project.

I will post some images of new work next week but, in the meantime, these lovely pieces have gone to new homes after exhibiting at the Kilteel St. Brigid’s Arts Weekend last month … 

After LaFranchini I, Kathrina Hughes

After La Franchini I, Kathrina Hughes
Shadow, Helen McLoughlin, element15
Shadow, Helen McLoughlin,
Squall, Asta Gauronskyte, element15
Squall, Asta Gauronskyte


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Mellow Autumn

Just a quick reminder of our current work on display in Las Rada Wine and Tapas Bar, New Row, Naas.  There is definitely mellow autumn tones to the work – and a sense of loss at the fading of the summer just gone.

See what you think:

  

A series of pieces incorporating print and hand embroidery by Hannaleena Ahonen.  Her work celebrates the wonderful summer just ending and the abundance of insects busy doing their jobs into the autumn.

 

Dee Kelly was trying to preserve some of the fading beauty from her garden in this piece entitled ‘Summer’s End’.  She eco-dyed some cotton with peony leaves and over printed with hydrangea petals, using charcoal pencils and hand stitch to complete.

 

Pauline Kiernan was just about ‘Keeping It Together’ with this piece exploring the idea of loss and fragility.  She used Korean hand made paper, felted, distressed and hand stitched.

 

Tree bark from the beautiful ‘Prunus Serrula’ forms the basis of Kathrina Hughes work called ‘Bark Cloth’.

There are many more beautiful pieces in the exhibition so pop in to Las Rada for a quick viewing and something nice to eat!

Weaving Time & Place : A Contemporary Arts Project

We asked Kathrina to share with us a little bit about an art project she has been involved with since March of this year:

“Weaving Time & Place is an ongoing art project engaging participants in Naas Day Centre (NDC) with artists Kathrina Hughes  and Mary O’Rourke. The project it using weaving and conversation as a means to connect with participants while exploring weaving as an art form.

This art project is aimed at bringing past and future together in a sense of place in particular, how we nourish our communities, our place, the community that has been and has made the community today.

The inspiration for this project emerged from a discussion during a creative session with Kathrina and participants of NDC. Participants began to reminisce on their time working in the Cotton Mills of Naas (1939 – 1970) which was a major employer in Naas town and the surrounding areas. It was also a huge employer of local people; many participants from Naas Day Centre worked there from a very young age. Employment here played a a significant role in many lives and the livelihood of the town. During this arts project we are spending time learning the skills of weaving and spinning while sharing memories and stories from past times. Rediscovering connections to one another and our community from the past and in the present has added an extra dimension to the creative process of weaving.

Not only this, but the creative process has instilled a newfound sense of pride and joy amongst the participants. Spinning and weaving are not easy skills to master, but week by week, through determination to learn and improve, participants are gaining confidence in their creativity. Sparking memories through the sound of the loom and and smell of the wool, stories which may have been long forgotten are uncovered and shared to the delight of all. It sounds idyllic, but listening alone can make all the difference in a person’s life. Combine this with the creation of a personal woven piece makes for a wonderful occasion every week!”

Well done Kathrina – wishing you every success with the project which continues until October.

Spring Renewal

We are just finished putting up new work in Las Rada Wine and Tapas Bar in Naas – a springtime renewal.   It is always a pleasure to exhibit our textile art in this venue and Joanne and Jules have been very supportive of our work since the first invited us to be resident artists in 2015.    This is the thirteenth exhibition of work we have shown in this venue and it continues to be one of our favourite haunts.

Here are some glimpses of the new work:

 

‘Meandering’, Kathrina Hughes

Kathrina has used Shibori dyed thread and fabric, machine and hand stitch to create this very interesting piece. Layers of texture have been created using white thread on white to form the background over which the darker threads have been stitched.  This piece invokes, for this viewer at least, an aerial image of a frozen landscape, the tracks, the hedgerows, the boirins and hidden contours.  What do you see?

 

‘Georgous Garlic’, Caroline Fitzgerald

Caroline has gone all organic in this piece using a garlic root, some of its papery skin and a tea bag to create a textured and tactile artwork.  Hand made paper and linen fabric form the background and the colours are earthy and calming.  Definitely one to appeal to proponents of ‘recycling’ and natural forms and colours!!

‘The Hills’, Rina Whyte

Rina has used linen fabrics to produced a layered and densely stitched landscape based on her local area of Kildare.  She has managed to create an undulating, naturalistic landscape through stitch and fabric manipulation that is evocative and very beautiful.

The framing on this piece is wonderful which is something we sometimes forget to recognise as part of the overall ‘look’ of a piece. A really good mount and frame adds expotentially to any artwork

Well done all on the great work.