Kilkenny Design Centre hosts an art exhibition with a difference this autumn. Warm textures, bright colours and delicious imagery combine to create Bright Harvest – a witty celebration of nature and food in Kilkenny. Local artists have created pieces especially for this show which launches on October 25, tying in with the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival and runs for one month.
Mary Morahan from Mooncoin has been felting for the last two years, since she learned from Helena, a worker with the Camphill Community. Mary starts with sheep’s wool, which she cards herself, then layers, rolls and felts to create her own canvas. She then takes coloured wool and adds it to the canvas with a felting needle, creating a picture entirely from her imagination. “The big felted pieces take up to six weeks and small ones can go quickly. I love it.”
Facilitated by Julia Cooke and Cathy Dineen, The Umbrella Group is made up of several different art groups from the Kilkenny Mental Health Services. The artists recycle fabrics and materials that have been abandoned and discarded, making them into something new through the processes of dying, cutting and crochet. Old jumpers, hospital blankets, wool and fabric strips – once seen as having no value or relevance – are all transformed into something vibrant and humorous.
All profits from the exhibition will go directly to the artists and the Mother of Fair Love School.