This residency was the catalyst for anew direction for my practice and has helped to give a clearer focus to my work. The research into the fibres answered some of my initial questions, but it also raised more specific questions related to skills and techniques that I needed in order to create the desired end results. How could I sheet form pulps that took ages to drain and how could I then work with these papers. Carriage House Paper Making Studio’s in New York would provide the answers to my questions.
A two-day course at Carriage House, in ‘Working with High Shrinkage Fibres for Sculptural Paper’ at the beginning of March answered all my questions and more. These new techniques combined with the research I undertook for the residency form the basis for my latest body of work.
The denim Dress: Restrict, Release, Express

Created in collaboration with Bernie McCoy for the Future Fashion, an Eco fashion show held at trinity College Dublin, Restrain, Release, Express, was featured in the Irish Times (April 13th p.4) Formed from the recycling denim jeans and abaca fibres, many of the techniques used when making this piece came directly from the research undertaken during the residency.
Photographs of this wearable sculpture will be sent to Levi’s in the hope that they might sponser a similar project.
I am at present working on a new body of moving sculptural work that will be suspended. It will be exhibited in Castlecomer Estate Yard for the Kilkenny Arts Festival.

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