02 August, 2010

An innovative stitch-related workshop with "Sampler Culture Clash"

I was one of a number of tutors involved in the "Support for Women" project at Leitrim Design House over the last year.
The project was aimed at women who have been impacted by conflict in their lives and it was a multi-disciplinary, multi-media, cross-border project.
Throughout the year they participated in self-development, creative journalling, creative textiles, painting, glass-making, printing and mixed media collage workshops. The project culminated with an exhibition of their work at "The Golden Thread" gallery in Belfast which will now travel to Leitrim Design House, Carrick-on-Shannon for an opening on August 19th at 5.30pm (all are welcome!).
On 22nd of July I travelled with the women to Belfast to participate in a workshop with David Littler and Yusra Warsama (also known as "Sampler Culture Clash"). Here our written and spoken responses to the exhibition were recorded to create a soundtrack to accompany the exhibition. The words were also translated into cross-stitch samplers and the patterns also fed into a piano player machine to create music!
The photos show some of this work in progress. The workshop was very enjoyable and provided me with a totally new perspective of stitch-related art. Very interesting stuff!
For further information on the exhibition "Changing Art and Minds" see http://www.intoleitrim.com/.
Ester Kiely

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