.......Touching the Irish Landscape
Welcome to IrelandFound TM
Your Place Your Story
Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal Dog's Bay, Roundstone, Co. Galway
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It's five years ago now since I started making my three -dimensional IrelandFoundtm artworks in response to my own strong feelings about place and landscape , but also with the thought that such attachment was important for other people too. Many people share the experience of slipping a little stone from an old wall into their pocket or filling a bottle with sand for their suitcase on a far flung beach. Like any memento, I believe the tangible object makes a deeper connection and some part of us wants something we can hold in our hand to keep an important memory alive or unexpectedly remind us of a happy experience.
So.... this is what I'm working on with IrelandFoundtm, place attachment and memory. I use collected items (or personal mementos), overlaid on original photographs, to create fully finished, framed artworks that can be hung in the living space, connecting people in a more tangible way to special places. On the back of the work, a little story booklet records the unique number of the handmade work and the details of the location and the collected materials used.
I'm thinking, as time goes by, about the wide range of opportunities to work on place attachment with collected items. Many of those circumstances have already been realised by those who have ordered commissioned pieces e.g. reminders of home for adult children living abroad, wedding gifts for a couple's 'special' place, gifts to visitors returning abroad after a memorable visit to Ireland,or family gifts in memory of happy holidays. But some remain unexplored ( or work in progress), such as memory aides for older people reminiscing about childhood, or works based on the ancestral homplace of members of the irish diaspora.
I look forward to developing all these ideas and many more.
"Dad was over the moon with the picture, it's absolutely fabulous...... The picture has taken pride of place on the wall at home!"
" Thanks again for lovely work ....."I was blown away by such a brilliant idea- love it"