Electric Irish Homes Textile Project
The Electric Irish Homes Textile Project is an artist led project commissioned by Age and Opportunity in partnership with the National Museum of Ireland-Country Life. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the Electric Irish Homes Research Project, Kingston University.'
The work that will go on display in the National Museum of Ireland-Country life was made in response to the theme of rural electrification in Ireland, especially its impact on women.
It is a body of work that captures a sense of the unique and individual voices and reflections on this important and transformative time in Irish life.
The pieces were made by a group of local women under the guidance of visual artist, Anna Spearman, using a range of creative approaches.
The project began with a trip to An Grianán in County Louth, the headquarters of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. The ICA was a key player in the push for rural electrification. There, participants explored the research material and shared their own experiences and memories. Objects in the collections of the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life provided further inspiration.
Do It Yourself Textile Kit
These DIY craft packs are a series of craft packs available in the NMI-Country life shop.
Each pack features a textile piece made by one of the group - the pack contains a 'pattern' (piece of cotton with a printed outline of the image), a variety of pieces of fabric and threads with which to make a personalised version of this textile piece, a set of instructions (some basic stitching techniques and suggestions). We are calling on all crafters to send us an image of their finished textile piece for inclusion in an online gallery during the year of the exhibition.
We also plan to showcase these in an exhibition in the café gallery space for May 2020 to celebrate the Bealtaine festival.