Aran Series 1: Wild Atlantic Weaves

This beauty is the first in my  ‘Aran Series’, where I use donated Aran wool as part of my Wild Atlantic Weave collection. This piece explores what is it to belong and how to find your way back to a sense of belonging within yourself (full description below).

Each of my weaving wall hanging is a uniquely crafted hand built piece made on a circular loom and woven with Irish Aran wool. It is framed with sustainably sourced wood.

My making process often involves a ritual of choosing found natural objects along the shoreline on Garrylucas Beach, near Kinsale. I bring them home and set healing intentions as they settle, dowsing the wools in local plant essences. I allow natural objects, plant essences and intentions to infuse over time on my ‘altars of creation’.

This is a once off, intuitively crafted weave that will not be replicated as I work without a pattern or a plan!

Once completed, the piece sits for several weeks, and I eventually chose a combination of natural plant essences. I chose oak and foxgloves essences, and dowsed the wools in the final ritual. Foxglove essences connect us to our creative imaginations, innocence and wonder, connecting us to lesser known parts of ourselves. In comparison, Oak essences bring light, strength and courage when we feel pushed to the edge.

Allow this piece to guide you back to yourself, allow yourself to be taken on its healing journey.

Once purchased, please allow for 2-3 weeks for delivery. Price includes shipping.

995.00

I’m so happy to be launching the first in my new “Aran Series” collection, which has gone up on my online store today! This beauty has a deep story, as so many of my pieces do, so read on if you’d like to emerge yourself into a world of belonging and place…
 
LINK IN BIO or
https://www.lucyhyland.com/shop/aran-series-1-wild-atlantic-weaves/
 
This piece was inspired by a bag of wool I received from a 94 year old knitter. Her eye sight has failed and she sent me the wool, along with the pattern. I was so touched by her gesture, yet I was also touched by the idea that this wool never got to be made into the jumper, never got to be worn.
 
As I usually do with all of my pieces, I lay the wool down on (what I call) my ‘Creative Altar’. Over the next few weeks, I intuitively collected stones and rocks that spoke to me whilst on my daily walk. As the materials infused over time, I started thinking about the history of the Aran jumper. Families of fishermen living on the Aran Islands off the West Coast of Ireland would have their own patterned jumpers. Each clan had a distinct pattern. The men would wear them going out to sea, keeping them warm, as the women would knit their sweaters out of care and love. Sadly, if a fisherman was lost at sea, his identity could be revealed through the patterns on his jumper.
 
It made me think about small tight knit communities. About how care was expressed amongst its people. I considered this sense of belonging, which was so evident by the patterns on the jumper.
 
How do we explore this sense of belonging today? How do we belong in our fragile human bodies, knowing and caring for ourselves. And how does this love emanate out into our communities, the places we live or come from.
 
Each of the ‘Aran Series’ is based on a intuitive a unique pattern, a unique set of colours. I feel, in some way, that these are navigational aids, allowing us to find our way home.
 
As I wove the piece, I would set an intention of finding my way back to me and to this land I call home. Once completed, the piece sat on the wall for several weeks, speaking to me in unspoken words. I intuitively chose plant essences, oak and foxgloves, and dowsed the wools in the final ritual. Foxglove essences connect us to our creative imaginations, innocence and wonder. It can connect us to lesser known parts of ourselves. In comparison, Oak essences bring light, strength and courage when we feel pushed to the edge.  This piece resonates with a courage and determination we all have within us when we surrender to our creativity, however it flows.
 
The wildness and rawness of the land around the Old Head of Kinsale inspires every piece.
Material: Aran wool, Irish wool
Dimensions: 42 cm sq