New Beginnings: Weaving Art

This original weaving art piece, entitled ‘The Potential for New Beginnings’ 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 Arts Weekend 2023. The exhibition was entitled ‘Breaking the Surface: The Potential for New Beginnings’. This circular weaving art piece was the second in this series of 4 pieces.

The Story:

The Potential for New Beginnings’ emerged from the first piece ‘The Crack that Let’s the Light In’. I continuously had an image of a tiny shoot emerging from below the soil. It felt earthy and grounded. I imagined the gradual movement from the deep darkness, breaking the surface and reaching towards the light. When I allowed it, the darkness felt supportive and nourishing. It seemed that when the time was right, growth would begin.

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: 2023

Material: Wool

Dimensions: 48cm sq.