Lets the light In: Weaving Art

This original weaving art piece, entitled ‘The Crack that Lets the Light in’ is a hand made one off circular weave, made from wool and felt. This weaving art piece is part of a window exhibition for Kinsale Weekend. The exhibition was entitled ‘Breaking the Surface: The Potential for New Beginnings’. This circular weaving art piece was the first in this series of 4 pieces.

This piece is inspired by the nature I see around me daily on the wild Atlantic Way coastline – weather beaten coastlines, beautiful sandy beaches, chaotic woodlands and majestic treescape. 

The Story:

The Crack that lets the Light in’ came into its own when one of the warp threads snapped whilst making. I thought over and over again about how I would fix, sort, manage this unfortunate mistake. Yet, over time, I realised that this was not my part in this story. I worked with what emerged: a break, a crack, a space for something new to emerge. Perhaps from here there lay some potential.

The Background:

We are coastal people, we live by the tides.

We are enveloped by ongoing destruction and creation, the infinite relationship between land and sea. The ocean appears relentless as her waves crash of our shores, yet the earth responds with the formation of new islands or shifting plates. Is it a battle where the greatest wins or an interdependence of a delicately balanced dance? For Kinsale Arts Weekend 2023 I consider the natural environment around us and how it teaches us about our own stories, our own lives.

I contemplated this eternal phenomenon when I moved into making. Each piece was created in an order, a unique reflection on how our lives, our stories are often moved by these similar forces. We are continually created, forming new experiences and relationships. We are also continually destroyed, the breaking of bonds and situations. We attempt to gather or gain some control, yet realise that the forces around us are too great. We learn to surrender, we learn to accept. We are shaped by grief, we are moulded by joy.

Year: 2022

Material: Wool/Felt

Dimensions: 48cm sq.