Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Creative embroidery classes on Inis Oirr

I am delighted to be invited to teach a 1-day workshop on 'creative textiles' on Inis Oirr in September '09. My class will include: an introduction to creative journalling, stitching into soluble fabric, creating fabric from scraps and slashing through layers to create a chenille texture. The day is aimed at introducing a number of experimental techniqes to those who may have tried traditional patchwork and quilting and are now interested in exploring some contemporary techniques.

Women's Support Project, Leitrim Design House

'Supports for Women' is a creative learning project tailored to the needs of women living in County Leitrim who have been adversely affected by the troubles in the North. The project will run between Sep '09 and Aug '10. It aims to deal with issues of trauma and release these issues in a creative way.

I will work with the group over 5 classes to help them express ideas in a 'Creative Journal'. This form of journalling is a great way to kick-start creativity and I hope to provide the group with some very simple techniques to help them find their creative voices. Using journals in this way has helped me develop my own ideas for my work and I find it very inspiring. Further information on the Leitrim Desgin House and this project can be found at