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Today some students from the Ormonde College of Art visited the studio. I spoke about my work in progress.  


People who come into the space tell me how the work reminds them of something from their childhood. A finnish lady came in and loved the grass and peat balls. They remind her of a finnish tradition of  putting grass on a plate at easter time and putting it under the bed in the dark. When the grass grows, they would place chicks and rabbits in the grass.  

Other people have memories of forming mud into balls and mud pies and setting up shop to ” sell” them. This communication with people and the sharing of stories is becoming an element of the residency that I would like to explore in the future.  Niamh ( arts administrator ) has also commented on the number of people who stop and look in the window. People seem genuinely interested in the work. I feel it is  is a combination  of shared experiences of the materials and how we relate to them that attract people.

I want hang the graas and peat balls on fish gut. I spent this morning running around looking for materials. I thought that I could use ” washers”  or something similar to attach to the fish gut so the peat balls would have support from underneath.  I went to Woodies and got so side tracked with the aisles and little containers of ” things”. I did buy some washers and felt pads. I also went to the pound/ euro shops but no luck. Finally i went to Bretts hardware. Here I was given the idea to make my own washer from a lunch box and make a small hole to thread the fish gut through and secure it with a knot. You’ d be amazed where you can get ideas from and the owners were so helpful. I managed to make one hanging piece before the students came from the Ormonde College in the afternoon.

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The aim and focus of the Art Residency at No. 76 is to enable the successful applicant to research and develop their practice. Other aims of the residency are to: give insights into how and why artists create their work, build relationships and further promote the Arts, provide an awareness and further appreciation of the Arts, cultivate and develop new audiences. The Kilkenny Arts Office is part of

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May 2008