snath nasc, de fil en aiguille (thread to needle) is the creation of the French-born artist who worked with individuals and groups from Dublin and Kilkenny, during a residency as part of IMMA's Artists' Work Programme.
A mixed-media installation, inspired by the Formal Gardens at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and created entirely from knitting and stitching goes on show at the Museum on Tuesday 6 January.
snÃ¡th nasc, de fil en aiguille (thread to needle) is the creation of French-born artist FranÃ§oise DuprÃ©, who worked with individuals and groups from Dublin and Kilkenny, during a residency as part of IMMA's Artists' Work Programme.
For three months FranÃ§oise DuprÃ© and the other participants met and worked together toward the realisation of a floor-based art work using French knitting, Irish stitches, four needle knitting and a wide range of white yarns. FranÃ§oise DuprÃ© worked with two groups: one in Dublin, who met at the artist's studio, included a wide range of individual participants. The other, which met at the Loughboy Area Resource Centre, Kilkenny, is a self-help group of women with children with autism.
The particular techniques of French knitting also called spool knitting or knitting Nancy consists of making knitted tubes using a spool with four or more pins. The Irish knitting stitches used include cable, blackberry and moss stitches which are part of the Irish Aran sweater.
The installation at IMMA celebrates the work created collaboratively by artist and participants and takes traditional knitting skills into a contemporary art context. It includes a series of video stills that give viewers a sense of time and place, and provides a record of the processes and dialogues that underpinned the project.
French-born and UK-based, FranÃ§oise DuprÃ© makes objects, site-specific and context-based installations and temporary events. She uses the French knitting technique because of its association with childhood and home crafts. Through her work, the artist aims to celebrate creative skills that are invisible, changing or being lost through cultural and social shifts and migration.
de fil en aiguille. is part of Here and There, a series of artist-led cross-cultural projects initated and developed by FranÃ§oise DuprÃ©. Here and There is based on collaboration, interconnectivity and creative dialogues between artist, communities and places. Located in a wide range of temporary contexts, the projects are brought together on a website: www.here-and-there.net.
de fil en aiguille.is funded by IMMA, the University of England, Birmingham, and Kilkenny County Council.
de fil en aigulille.is sponsored by Pony, Springwools and Repro 35.
Those participating in the project were Claire Bracken, Frieda Czerniak, Theresa Czerniak, Ria Czerniak, Maria Dollard, Tim Elford, June Elliott, Jane Flynn, Beverly Green, Breda Humphries, Sylvia Hoefnagels, Ruth Morris-Grant, Alice Murphy, Susan Murphy, MÃ¡ire NÃ Neachtain, Maureen O' Brien, Vera O' HeÃearnÃ¡in, Hupert Pitter, Silvia Serban, Trish Walsh, Anne Marie Weafer and Orlagh Weafer.
The Artists' Work Programme is a studio / residency programme, which has been in operation at the Museum since 1994. Designed to provide opportunities for artists to develop their work practice, it provides eight studios, with accommodation spaces for three residents, located in the former coach houses beside the main Museum building.
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