Tuesday 21 November 2017

Stitch 'N' Bitch group creates woolly and wonderful view of city skyline

Aine Dempsey, Maureen O’Dwyer, Gemma McKenna, Sadhbh Lawlor and Christina Carlyle look at some of the project’s creations. Picture: Damien Eagers
Aine Dempsey, Maureen O’Dwyer, Gemma McKenna, Sadhbh Lawlor and Christina Carlyle look at some of the project’s creations. Picture: Damien Eagers
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

After 12 months of drop and purl stitching, Rialto's Stitch 'N' Bitch knitting group has created a woven and woollen version of the capital city's skyline.

The Poolbeg Chimneys, the Rialto cinema, the Fatima Mansions flats, and the Red Line Luas have all been immortalised into pieces of craft art.

"It has taken 12 months to put the project together," textile artist Sadhbh Lawlor explained.

"It's been a fantastic, woolly adventure. This is the hard work of busy hands, long held memories and loving, beating hearts."

The Knitted Together group avoided knitting some of the best known Dublin monuments, such as the GPO and the Spire.

Instead, the team of 20 knitters chose to create an "intimate portrait" of the Dublin they knew best "as a home".

"We wanted to show the places people have grown with their families and engage with their communities," Lawlor said.

The exhibition is currently on display in the Oak Room of Dublin's Mansion House.

The group presented a 3D sculpture of the Mansion House to the Lord Mayor.

Irish Independent

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