Eye-catching end to Traveller craft project
The Traveller Stories Through Craft project final exhibition proved a colourful event at Creative Spark with a display of eye-catching displays, including a large wall hanging and fashion.
The aim of the 'Traveller Stories Through Craft' project was 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.
One group of women worked with local artist Patricia Murphy to learn and share skills in knitting, crochet and textile design and they unveiled a large wall-hanging which captured their stories in a piece entitled 'A Colourful Life'.
A second group worked with Caoimhe O'Dwyer, a fashion designer based in Castlebellingham, to design and create a garment from start to finish. These beautiful dresses were displayed on mannequins and showcased the real talent and skills acquired by the group over the course of the 20 week project. Creative writing and drama facilitator Sharon McArdle assisted with the storytelling aspect of the project and filmmaker Andrew Grafton captured all of the activity on film. A DVD and eBook about the project will be launched over the next few weeks.
The project 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.