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Subject to Change

If you are in the vicinity of Cork next weekend seek out ‘Subject to Change’, the Fine Art & Contemporary Applied Art Degree exhibition in Crawford College of Art & Design.  Our very own Pauline Kiernan, has just completed her degree in Contemporary Applied Art and is showing her degree work – and some absolutely beautiful work it is too. You can attend in person (yes, actually see a real exhibition at last) from the 12th to the 15th, 11 am to 7 pm each day. The online launch is on the 11th at 6pm and will be streamed live on Facebook /CrawfordCollegeofArtandDesign

Pauline’s work looks at the role textiles play in our lives regardless of who we are or where we were born, from the feel of a soft blanket wrapped around us to the physical touch of textiles on the skin. She explores what we do as individuals to feel protected while at the same time feeling vulnerable. Pauline used techniques such as textile painting, screen printing, machine embroidery, reverse applique and hand stitching to explore this emotional attachment. Layering personal stories of memory, maternity, loss, joy and identity with symbols and rituals into a tapestry or quilt like piece, she aims to evoke a sense of comfort and protect. Well worth taking the time to see either virtually or in person.

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

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!