“I spied for Kevin” ‘performance’ for snowboarder Kevin Pearce, who was then critically ill in hospital after a near fatal snowboarding accident, in January 2011. Kevin’s fans and friends all showed “I ride for Kevin” stickers on their boards in solidarity with the young sportsman. Such international outpouring of good wishes worked! See “The Crashreel” documentary for update on Kevin. Berlin February 2011
Good Luck glass…..full of wishbones, some painted gold, red and silver. Berlin 2010
Collage of press pass from Mikhial Gorbachev’s visit to Ireland. Souvenirs and ephemera from courtesy call of (old Soviet Union)battleship to Cork in early 1980s and souvenirs and ephemera from trip to Moscow, Tblisi and Armenia in 1987. Berlin 2012.
Linen and vintage and crochet textile collage on linen as headboard for bed. Embroidered with “P+I”. Annecy 2005ish.
Upscaled patchwork hat, made from old Gap wool scarf, on feast of St Clement, patron saint of Hatmakers, Annecy 2009
Dress made from Cuban sugar sack bought at Plainpalais market in Geneva. Annecy April 2012
Decoupage on Freida Kahlo theme using cutouts and metal studs and trinkets and a votive Mexican arm, while my arm was broken, Annecy Autumn 2012.
Updating, upscaling of old cork-backed tablemats, decoupage technique. The mats were wedding presents from my first marriage in 1974, plus two purchased in a charity shop. New surfaces are pages of Iranian tiles from an art magazine salvaged in a bin at the local Dechetterie.
3D collage outside frame using wood and bark Canadian canoe models on needlepoint wool tapestry bought at Vide Grenier. Annecy 2011.
Photograph of wiind-blown advertising banner over Pharmacy in Santa Monica California, February 2012
For many of her music performances, Lisa Hannigan lights on stage a small battery operated toadstool lamp. At the “Other Voices” filming in the Church of St James in Dingle in 2010 I made her a needle-felt toadstool brooch as I had forgotten to bring a mirror-glass toadstool Christmas decoration I had bought in Geneva with her in mind. When I gave her the Christmas decoration toadstool in 2011, she immediately put it in her hair! Dingle 2011.
3D collection of handcarved modern and vintage wooden dye and printing stamps, butter moulds and decorations on an old hardwood shelf backing. Berlin 2010.
Two bracelets made from plastic knitting needles softened with a hot-air blowtorch. On plastic ring-tree from Annecy brocante/vide greener/charity shop. Annecy 2012
Lindt (purchased) and lint bunny (from clothes dryer) in cookie mould. Annecy Easter 2012
Wool needlepoint tapestry cushion cover, from printed kit made over many years on long-haul flights. Cork, 2000.
Wool needlepoint tapestry cushion, from Laura Ashley printed kit, made over many years on long-haul flights, Annecy 2010.
Chair cover made from a patchwork of vintage needlework tapestry pictures bought at vide greniers/brocantes/charity shops. Annecy 2010
“Dancer with Bruised Knees” table from brocante carved on instruction by Una Breatnach and painted. Annecy 2010.
“Charlie Bird’s Diner”. Dead apple tree cut down and ‘replanted’. Painted, planted with clematis and holding up to 10 bird feeders. Annecy 2009.
Silk tunic from Warehouse – mid ’90s – painted and jewelled. Inspired by John T Davis’ art college work rescued from house fire in his film “The Uncle Jack”. Cork circa 1998
Butterfly decoupage and slogan “Do I look fat in this?” on Annecy Clinique plaster on broken arm. Annecy August 2012
“I had a little nut tree nothing would it bear, but a silver nutmeg and a golden pear”
Annecy Autumn 2012
“The Happy Family of Five” sculpture in front of the Theatres on the Bay, Singapore, pre yarn bombing, October 2012
“The Happy Family of Five” sculpture group in front of the Singapore “Theatres on the Bay” with their crochet accessories. The Mother has a bag, the Father an i-Phone, the Daughter a scarf, the Son a Gameboy, the Baby a bottle. This was the first time anything had ever been yarn bombed in Singapore, a police state where art is only just being recognised, but with great discomfort. Art in Singapore is a money making industry, individualism and creative thought is much frowned upon. They are getting better….but only slowly. The installation is dedicated to Irishman the late Bro Jopseph McNally, who fought long and hard, without support, to found an art collegte in Singapore (which now flourishes) I was neither caned nor imprisoned for this piece of good-humoured, upbeat public art, but the pieces were removed within 10 hours without a word. I don’t know where they were taken, nor by whom. The local “Straights Times” newspaper refused to carry a photograph of the installation. I made the crochet pieces without patterns while sitting at the swimming pool. Singapore October 2012.
Christmas tree made from cardboard roll from Patagonia overstock sports gear fabric bought in a charity warehouse, with trimmings from garden tree and hand-crochet motifs. Annecy 2012.
My first Huipil