A Breath of Fresh Air - The Keep Well Glass Quilt Project
A Breath of Fresh Air - The Keep Well Glass Quilt is a unique collaborative project undertaken by members of the Glass Society of Ireland during the 3rd wave of Covid-19 and subsequent 12 weeks of lockdown.
Confined to within five kilometres of their homes and studios, 50 glassmakers came together virtually to collaborate on a large glass quilt.
The Glass Quilt is on display from 7 November 2022 in the Library of Turlough Park House at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Castlebar, Co Mayo.
Professional and amateur glassmakers are represented in the artwork, as well as all techniques of glassmaking, from traditional cutting, glass painting, kiln working, etching, engraving and lampworking.
In making their individual pieces, each glassmaker interpreted their own ideas around what the theme meant to them. Themes include, nature, poetry, textiles, patterns, mental health, capturing actual air, and emotional responses.
As each piece was added to the artwork, a unique story of a unique time evolved. Testimonies emerged from participants on how this project was critical to their creative process and well-being at a very difficult time.
Each of the four provinces of Ireland is represented, bringing the whole island together in one collaborative piece. Some of Ireland’s best glassmakers are represented in The Glass Quilt, making this artwork a unique and historic portfolio of Irish artists and their generosity of community spirit during a difficult time.
The project was made possible by the support of the Health Service Executive ‘Keep well’ campaign and Design and Crafts Council Ireland.
A Breath of Fresh Air - The Keep Well Glass Quilt Project is located at:
View a unique artwork created by 50 glass artists who came together virtually during the third wave of COVID-19, and the subsequent 12-week lockdown, to collaborate on a large glass quilt. As each section was added to the artwork, a unique story of a unique time evolved.
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