Congratulations, ArtL!nks bursaries!

Congratulations to everyone who has been awarded a 2010 ArtL!nks bursary!  I am so excited that my proposal to create two large felt sculptures was one of the projects chosen, preparing proposals is very stressful and time consuming but when something like this happens it makes it all worthwhile!!  I have stolen the following text direct from the ArtL!nks website and if you are interested in discovering more about the various bursary recipients just enter their name in the search box to the left on the ArtL!nks  home page.

ARTLINKS is pleased to announce the awarding of €30,000 in bursaries in the five ArtLinks partner Counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow for 2010. Bursaries were judged by an external panel of experts not resident in the five county region and the panel commended the quality of applications received.

ArtLinks Director Cathy Fitzgerald thanks everyone who took the time to submit applications and said that the awarding of more than one bursary in each county means that more artists can be supported in these challenging economic times.

2010 ArtLinks Bursary Recipients

Co. Carlow

Rosie Pender Film E3,000
Nicola Brown Textile Sculpture E1,000
Marc-Ivan O\’Gorman Film E1,000
Shane Landers Dance E1,000

Co. Kilkenny

Andrew Ryan Visual Arts E1,000
Julie Moorhouse Visual Arts E3,000
Gillian Grattan Theatre E1,000
Mycrofilms Film E1,000

Co. Waterford

Jenny Fennessey Theatre E3,000
Marcus Mahony Visual Arts E1,000
Grace Power Music E2,000

Co. Wexford

Terence White Film E3,000
Ollie Dempsey Music E1,000
Michael Roe Music E1,000
Megan O\’Beirne Visual Arts E1,000

Co. Wicklow

Tamsin Clare-Snow Visual Arts E1,000
Rachel Agnew Visual Arts E499


Combing natural fibres and artificial fabrics to create unique and complex surface texture detail

Fabulous sparkly polyester fabrics!

Yesterday afternoon I was able to call into Threads of Green in Kilkenny and pick up some more kind of horrible but simultaneously fabulous artificial fabric!  At the recent Lyda Rump felting workshops here at Clasheen we learnt not to restrict ourselves when felting to working with only natural materials but instead try and combine unusual artificial fabrics with our usual natural raw materials in an experimental way and basically see what interesting combinations occured. I picked up some amazing sparkle encrusted fabric yesterday designed by the dreaded sisters Polly and Ester (polyester to you!) and am really looking forward to sampling with them as soon as I get a moment tomorrow or on Thursday afternoon.  It is very interesting to see how natural fibres combine with the artificial fabric and create a totally new dimension in the final felted surface texture.  I have already experimented with the green sparkly fabric as it is what I used recently on the front surface of my complex felt bag.  To see how transformed the fabric becomes when combined with merino and Icelandic wool check out this short visual clip which I have just uploaded to YouTube, my first podcasting test since the workshop I attended with ArtL!nks yesterday in Kilkenny!  The beautiful photos that I used in the piece were shot by Bernie McCoy, thanks again Bernie for doing such a great job.

Photo of my Saori weaving in progress

If you are a regular follower of Clasheen you will know that I have had a busy weekend felting, chatting, eating and generally celebrating my friend Carmen’s birthday with some of our joint friends!  Although it has been pretty hectic and I definitely have a throbbing head at this stage I have managed to fit in a little time each day to continue with my first Saori free weaving project. 

Saori weaving on the loom

In some ways I am horrified when I look at this piece objectively to realise that the colours are not dissimilar looking when woven to those I selected for my first clothing project ‘Ella’, pictures on Flickr.  Obviously I am drawn to certain shades of green and gold but I did think that the varigated wool from Noro would not be as pink as it turned out but more gold, mustard and green as the outside of the various balls looked before unrolling.  Not withstanding the similarity of colours it will be interesting to see when the fabric is off the loom exactly how ‘free’ I have allowed myself to be with my design throughout the weaving.  My idea was to be very random with my weft colours and also to have uneven thicknesses of yarn, not so sure what it will actually look like but finally the warp tension seems to be more even so hopefully it will soon be ready and removed from the loom.

I am off now to get some things together for a podcasting course I am attending tomorrow morning.  This is organised by ArtL!nks, a brilliant 5 county initiative which is very supportive of all the arts disciplines here in the South East of Ireland.  My house is still not up to scratch after my recent water woes (if I am quite honest I don’t think it will ever be totally clean and tidy!) and I am in the process of washing as many clothes and household items as possible every day while trying to get them dry in front of the range and draped over clothes horses all around the house.  Tomorrow night is another meeting at the golf club and on Tuesday or Wednesday I need to bring my truck in to the garage for a filter change and a little more work left over from the last service.  Hopefully by the middle of the week I will have my weaving finished and then comes the interesting part of trying to full the fabric, cut it in pieces and then stitch it back together to make a soft and funky t-shaped top!