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Monday 15 September 2014

Craft group enjoy a fashionable field trip

Published 11/09/2013 | 05:20

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Participants of Louth Craftmark’s ‘Traveller Stories Through Craft’ on a recent visit to the Collins Barracks Museum of Decorative Arts and History.

The participants of Louth Craftmark's 'Traveller Stories Through Craft' project had a 'grand day out' recently when they went on a field trip to Dublin as part of the Introduction to Fashion Design and Dress Making course.

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The participants of Louth Craftmark's 'Traveller Stories Through Craft' project had a 'grand day out' recently when they went on a field trip to Dublin as part of the Introduction to Fashion Design and Dress Making course.

During the field trip, the group visited Collins Barracks Museum of Decorative Arts and History to research the history of fashion and how it has evolved through the generations.

They also visited a variety of fabric and trimming shops in Dublin where participants could source and research the necessary materials for their garments.

Fashion designer and course tutor, Caoimhe O'Dwyer, led the group, showing them which fabric shops she would usually visit and explaining how to choose the best fabric for the garments the participants will design and make.

The aim of the 'Traveller Stories Through Craft' project is to bring Traveller women together to engage in the creative process as a means for self-expression and as a vehicle for expressing their identity to the wider community, thus promoting community integration and mutual understanding.

A second group of women is working with local artist Patricia Murphy to learn and share skills in knitting, crochet and textile design. Creative writing and drama facilitator Sharon McArdle is assisting with the storytelling aspect of the project and filmmaker Andrew Grafton is capturing all of the activity on film. The project is based at Creative Spark in Dundalk. An exhibition and iBook about the project will be launched towards the end of October.

Traveller Stories Through Craft is supported by the European Union's Peace III Programme and part financed by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan as awarded by Louth Peace and Reconciliation Partnership.

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