Drawing with Thread – A National Drawing Day Celebration | Lorna Donlon at Solstice Arts Centre


Drawing with Thread – A National Drawing Day Celebration | Lorna Donlon at Solstice Arts Centre Date/Time
Date(s) - 21/05/2022
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Solstice Arts Centre





Date/Time: Sat 21 May, 11am – 4pm (Gallery closed for lunch 1pm – 2pm)
Price: Free, no booking required
Age Group: All ages

The word ‘tapestry’ has come to be used to describe any textile hanging that contains imagery.  Traditionally a tapestry was a large textile, woven by hand on a loom, using a technique that has not changed throughout history.

To celebrate National Drawing Day, visit the gallery where exhibiting artist Lorna Donlon will be demonstrating her captivating and ancient technique of tapestry weaving. Using bobbins of coloured yarns and threads to draw images into her hand woven tapestries, you too will have the opportunity to experience this ancient art form alongside the artist. Examine her notebooks for inspiration and discover how she translated scientific data and microscope images into her tapestry while Artist in Residence at UCD College of Science. For younger audiences, we will have an array of tactile materials to explore, while immersed in the work on display.

Lorna Donlon (Golden Fleece Award Recipient 2021). Donlon’s narrative practice is ballasted in the age-old culture and technique of Gobelin tapestry weaving. Her installation display the scientific practices of arranging, categorising and labelling, act as narrative devices in which collections of both found and precious objects weave their stories silently in the mind.

Her work in this exhibition ‘Science is very near us – reading volatiles’, is a scientific collaboration with UCD.

Supported by Dr Jean-Christophe Jacquier and Michelle Kearns BSc (Ulex europeaus volatile chromatogram); Professor Oliver Blacque and Dr Sofia Tsiropoulou (TEM c elegans cilia axoneme); and Professor Gareth Redmond, Chenxi Hao BSc (fluorescent PPV microspheres) and Karl Griffin BSc (SQ nanowires) for permission to depict their current research in this woven tapestry.


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