The Ulster Museum

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Shades of Place Making the Future Categories- Partition Links to NMNI collections-Map collections at NMNI (lead by Garrett Carr) Project Proposal Shades of Place is an opportunity to share stories of place through creative journey and colour, with participants embroidering maps with their own hand dyed silk thread. Drawing inspiration from maps and the stories they tell us about history and locality, participants will be taken on a creative journey lead by Author and Cartographer Garret Carr. Artist and Embroiderer Lyndsey McDougall will Inspire participants to capture the colours within their area by eco dyeing silk thread using natural materials found on their creative journeys or within their home. How will we do this? Celebrated Author and Cartographer Garrett Carr will lead 2 stimulating sessions discussing maps as a method of storytelling, highlighting diverse examples from NMNI archive and additional sources. Garrett has published an acclaimed book, The Rule of the Land-Walking Ireland’s Border. His second session will give us an insight into this experience discussing creative journeys. Artist and Embroiderer Lyndsey McDougall will lead 2 creative sessions. Lyndsey will create a video resource for participants showing examples of eco dyeing using foraged materials from both the land and from the home. The project can accommodate participants who are shielding as they can use home materials to dye. Outcomes We will create a collaborative, collaged map of Northern Ireland/ Border counties that has been embellished with participants hand embroidered, eco dyed thread. We hope to capture the diverse shades of place based on foraged materials that participants have selected from where they live/walk. This work can be documented and exhibited online or in situ at NMNI if the opportunity avails. Themes & Links to Making the Future -Exploring themes such as borders, partition, creative journeys, connection to nature, traditional crafts and contemporary applications, sharing stories of place threw creative journey and colour -Exploring people and our connection to place -Social History -Story telling Benefits to participants -New skills development and knowledge -Improved confidence and well being -A sense of community, new friendships and networks (be a part of the Making the Future Community) -The opportunity to contribute to a collaborative artwork -Enriching new experiences -The opportunity to share their stories, tell us about their culture, community and sense of place to help us map the future -Insight and access to NMNI collections Shades of Place DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES CONTACT TIME Thursday 26th Nov 10-11.30am Garrett Carr will lead a lecture on Maps as a method of storytelling and archiving history and locality. He will highlight a variety of maps and alternative maps linking to NMNI and additional collections Session will include welcome, project overview and intro to slack 1.5 hour (Zoom) Tuesday 1st Dec 11-11.30am Introduction to Eco-dyeing with Lyndsey McDougall We will publish a learning resource created by Lyndsey on her Artist Residency on Inch Island. Lyndsey will show participants how to forage for plants and how to select household items (such as onion skins, avocado’s) to naturally dye their own silk for embroidery. She will discuss the methods involved so that participants have are equipped with the skills to eco dye their own silk thread. 2 hour (Slack) Thursday 3rd Dec 10-11am Garrett Carr will lead a lecture on The Rule of the Land-Walking Ireland’s Border discussing creative journeys and exploring the land 1.5 hour (Zoom) Tuesday 8th Dec 10-11.15am Online Embroidery Masterclass with Lyndsey McDougall. Lyndsey will teach embroidery skills and support students as they begin to embroider maps with their hand dyed silk thread 1.5 hour (Zoom) Tuesday 15th Dec 10-11am Show and Tell session and celebration of Final Artworks 1.5 hours
Period20 Nov 202015 Dec 2020
VisitingThe Ulster Museum
Degree of RecognitionRegional