Kilkenny women stunning create artwork at the Goods Shed

Mary Cody

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Kilkenny women stunning create artwork at the Goods Shed

Participants at the workshops

The beautiful and precise work of a group of Kilkenny women is currently on display at The Goods Shed at McDonagh Junction.
The participants belong to the Open Circle Arts Collective and spent a number of weeks creating the pieces.
Open Circle Arts is a small, community arts organisation based in Kilkenny City, which seeks to make the arts available and accessible to women of all ages and from all walks of life in Kilkenny.
Community Development Officer, Shelia Jordan, said the group meets off John’s Green in the city and has a varied programme each year, and one of the aims is to create opportunities for community participation through inspiring creative experiences.
During the month of November two groups of women, (17 in total) from Kilkenny engaged in a community project of Papercuts with Artist Paul Bokslag at Open Circle House, as part of the outreach programme.
Papercutting is a very accessible medium, deeply rooted in folk culture and has evolved uniquely all over the world to adapt to different cultural styles.
The women worked with Paul in two groups for one workshop per week each, over the four weeks of November, producing four beautiful large scale papercuts.
All of the work was cut by hand, using a sharp blade, no stencils or templates were used. Each women worked within a circle shape cutting their own design free hand. The hard work, fun and enthusiasm of the two groups is evident in the final piece which far exceeded our expectations.
This work has been installed in the Goods Shed at MacDonagh Junction as part of Yulefest and is a wonderful example of public engagement and civic participation. The work will be on show at the Goods Shed for the duration of Yulefest.
For more see opencirclearts.ie or email opencirclearts@gmail.com or contact Shelia on 087 1355318.