Friday, 16 November 2018

Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show 2018



Though it felt like an early start setting off from Kilbaha to Dublin, it was mostly only that the mornings are darker now that we are in November. A goodbye to the rural, west coast and a hello to the big city. Quite a different vibe.
Almost morning in Kilbaha


As it was the second time Marianda and I had set up the Fabricated Narratives gallery, it did come together more easily, and as every exhibition is a different space, we deliberately hung the pieces with altered associations to each other.

So a mere 3 hours and we were set. 
Fabricated Narratives at Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show

Fabricated Narratives at Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show

Fabricated Narratives at Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show

Fabricated Narratives at Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show

Fabricated Narratives at Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show


Again it was a joyful experience to talk to visitors about the work, to hear their reactions and comments. All praise gratefully received, and any critique is taken on board seriously as it can help us to understand our work or how it is seen by others more fully.

There is also the social side to the show. Quiet spaces during the day are spent with other artists, as are the evenings. These are times which are precious as it is not often that I get a chance to talk to others about their lives and work, to get to know new and interesting people. This is important to me, whatever the trials. Many thanks to Sue Chapman, Wendy Gardiner, Marianda Twydell, Jenni Dutton, Dionne Swift and others for your excellent company.

Once the show was over and the work packed safely and on it’s way to Harrogate for the third part of it’s tour, I had a day to spend in Dublin. It is a lovely city to visit and for much of the time I simply ambled through streets and alleyways. 
Wandering through Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

Wandering through Dublin, Temple Bar

Wandering through Dublin, Castle Garden

A Beetroot Tree

Wandering through Dublin, Dublin Castle

Wandering through Dublin, guess what is made here?

I did have a visit to the book of Kells as a high priority, and had a fabulous time at the visitor centre of Trinity College.

The information in form of displays, information boards and videos which put this fabulous medieval illustrated bible into context were great. Using modern craftspeople to show how the book was made really helped to bring it to life.

The slightly disappointing aspect was that the book itself and the other bibles were all held in one small display case, with lots of people crowding around to see. This meant that realistically you felt rather claustrophobic and pressured, and so couldn’t spend very much time really seeing the books. Maybe separate cabinets and more space around, and a magnifying lens over the top would have been an improvement. However, it’s one checked off my bucket list and I am very glad to have seen it after many years of reading about Celtic illuminated works.

Goodbye for now to Dublin.

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