About Social Fabric

Social Fabric: Portraits of Kilkenny Women


What is Social Fabric

Social Fabric: Portraits of Kilkenny Women is a project initiated by the women of Open Circle Arts, Kilkenny, Ireland. They invited women from throughout Kilkenny to join them in the creation of a collaborative embroidered artwork facilitated by textile artist Dee Harte.

Due to great demand Social Fabric has become an ongoing community project with thanks to Kilkenny Arts Office, The Department of Community and Culture (Kilkenny County Council) and International Women’s Day. The project is both collaborative and distinctly individual and has so far resulted in a collection of 40 portraits. The workshops create a space in the lives of all who take part to meet new people, chat, laugh, debate and create.

What is involved

You or your group will take part in one creative textile workshop with lead artist Deirdre Harte. This will involve having your photograph taken, transferring  this photo to fabric and an introduction to some basic embroidery stitchs. No previous experience in art or craft is necessary as Deirdre will guide and support you through these beginning stages. Open Circle will then loan you the tools to take your project home and work on it yourself or with friends. It is addictive and people around you will be amazed by the likeness and your new found skill!

 Who are these workshops for

We welcome individuals and groups of women to take part that live in County Kilkenny, Ireland.

How can I get involved

Register your interest for Open Circles next Social Fabric workshops by emailing opencirclearts@gmail.com or clicking here Get Involved  and leaving your contact details or by ringing the Kilkenny Arts Office on 00353 1 056 779 4138

 What past participants thought

”It is addctive and so enjoyable”

”a most enjoyable experience doing something I never imagined I would be able to do”

”the layout was very user friendly and good for easy camaraderie with new friends”

”embroidery was something I have never tried before (and never imagined I would!) so being introduced to something new, having guidance and support; coming together with other women; working toward a collaborative piece are among the enjoyable aspects”

Who are Open Circle Arts

Open Circle Arts is a community based organisation whose mission is to inspire interest in the arts both locally and nationally for women living in Kilkenny, Ireland. We are committed to offering programs that are characterised by quality arts learning experiences.

Social Fabric is kindly supported by

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