Date: 7th Mar 2014 - 12th Apr 2014
Time: 10 - 6, Wed - Sat
Venue: Wandesford Quay Gallery

Art students from Cork and Lithuania host a textiles exhibition at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery
Things / Daiktai is an exhibition taking place in March of  textile artwork made through an exchange project between 35 textiles students from CIT Crawford College of Art and Design (CCAD) and Kaunas Art Institute of Vilnius Academy of the Arts, Lithuania.

The students have been exchanging ideas over the past few months and have created work in response to the theme of ‘Things’ (or ‘Daiktai’ in Lithuanian).

CIT CCAD textiles lecturer Pamela Hardesty explains the ideas behind the project title, ‘‘Our world is increasingly a fabric of unregarded things:  including the everyday objects of our lives. In this project the objects have become clues for the students, to explore the different culture and meaning around the objects .’’

Some of the artists have embraced traditional textile forms including patchwork and weaving while others have taken a more contemporary approach to the medium, from poetry written in human hair,  deconstructed garments, to interactive sculptural pieces.

The objects chosen include a key, a button, hairpin, fruit net among other everyday items. These objects act as an inspiration point, from which the students have made work in response to.

The originating objects and some developmental studies  will inform finished textiles works in the exhibition.

THINGS / DAIKTAI will be opened on Friday March 7th at 6pm by Prof. Lesley Millar, MBE, International Curator, Author, Educator.

In association with CIT Crawford College of Art and Design BA (Hons) in Contemporary Applied Art (Ceramics, Glass and Textiles) and MAKE Symposium in CIT Cork School of Music March 7th.

Exhibition runs 8th March – 12th April , 2014 Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 6pm 



List of Images

1. Donna Coogan, Try Mango, (Detail), human hair and contact paper, 5ft x 2.5ft.
2. Donna Coogan, Try Mango, (Detail), human hair and contact paper, 5ft x 2.5ft.
3. Derek O’ Meara, Napkin Army, found object assemblages, dimensions variable.
4. Ann Mechelinck, Language Of Letting Go , mixed media, 2.5ft x 6ft
5. Ann Mechelinck, Language Of Letting Go, (Detail)  mixed media, 2.5ft x 6ft
6. Rachel Doolin, Untitled, Milk protein fibre, grass seed, copper wire, 40 cm x 40cm x 10cm
7. CCAD Textiles Students L-R Derek O’ Meara, Enya Fortuna, Elisa Feireteir
8. Kaunus Art Institute Textiles Students who are participating in Things/Daiktai


o CIT Crawford College of Art and Design and Kaunus Art Institute have a strong connection and have collaborated on other textiles projects including Rewind at the Kaunus International Textiles Bienalle in 2011.

o CIT Crawford College of Art & Design (CCAD) is a vibrant multi-campus College, which has been providing education in the arts for over 200 years. The new and exciting BA (Hons) Contemporary Applied Art Degree course (Textiles, Ceramics,Glass) is in it’s first year. The course explores contemporary ideas, use of materials and offers students the opportunity to creatively develop and make objects.

o Things/Daiktai is taking place in conjunction with the MAKE Symposium which explores the experience of touch and the artistic process of making  within textiles, art and software/ hardware technology at CIT Cork School of Music March 7th.

o Symposium speakers’ include: Textile artists and curators Lesley Millar MBE and Alice Kettle. Ceramicist Ingrid Murphy.  School of Informatics Lecturer  at Dundalk IT Kieran Nolan , Trevor Hogan CIT Dept. Media Communications and Fran Hegarty MSc Clinical Teacher in Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, Principal Physicist St. James Hospital, Dublin.

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