the flowers that fed us
I found that there was a boom in production of Irish crochet in
the years of the famine. Creating the intricate lace pattern with it's
traditional floral motifs was a way for women to earn money to provide
for their family during the hard times.
I looked again at the main feature of the walled garden, the Flax flower
sculpture and realised that this too represented flowers that provided a
wage to many in generations past.
It felt very appropriate to create a sculpture that celebrated the flax
flower and the flowers of the Irish crochet, within the beautiful
surroundings of the walled garden.
“The flowers that fed us” combines the varied hues of blue of a field
dappled with flax flowers, but in circular forms, each the size and
shapes of dinner plates, side plates and saucers. Each “plate”
covered with Irish crochet, flower motif in centre surrounded with Irish
crochet lacework, in geometric patterns. The open, geometric
lacework revealing the varied shades and patterns of other “plates”
which it overlaps with. Combined with the geometric patterns of the
contrasting, apple green “tablecloth”, which forms the backdrop.
These “plates” are overlapping, in the balanced randomness of
nature, and are suspended approx. 10cm in front of backdrop. This
allows for the piece to interact with the elements, the wind creating
movement in the piece and changing how the geometric lines overlap
with each other.