An intergenerational online workshop that focuses on tactile making, sharing knowledge, place and the passing of time. Bringing together the generations: children, young people, grandparents and older relatives with interests in culture, community, conversation and growing. This workshop aims to foster slowness, empathy, conversation, process and the tactile.
Ciara will send a gift of materials to each participant via post. These materials will go towards the making of ‘earth dumplings’ (or seed bombs*), an ancient Japanese practice of seed dispersal by human intervention. This efficient method of deliberately spreading seeds encourages soil renewal; restores plant and wildlife populations; assists pollinators; nourishes and feeds the soil, people and animals. We will be using native Irish seed varieties to form our ‘earth dumplings’ along with clay and compost. The seeds will remain dormant until their environmental needs are met with these factors: water, correct temperature and a good position to grow in. For this reason participants will be able to create a large number of ‘earth dumplings’ that can kept for future use and / or gifted to others. The artist will also work with participants to create personalised gift packaging for their ‘earth dumplings’, decorating them with words and images, to share with friends, family and neighbours.
N.B. Registration closes at 3pm on Fri 23 April, to allow time for postage of materials to participants.
Ciara Harrison is a Dublin based visual artist. Her practice is focused in socially engaged and participatory art with themes centring on hospitality, education and the preservation and sharing of skills and knowledge. She endeavours to create social change through collaboration with individuals, communities and institutions in the creation of participatory art. With a particular interest in creative interventions in non-formal arts settings, Ciara fosters projects where tea, biscuits, craft and other domestic processes act as prompts for collaborative curiosity, conversations and the exchanges of ideas and observations. To date, Ciara’s projects have been supported by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Creative Ireland and the Arts Council.
*Seed bombs are an ancient Japanese practice called Tsuchi Dango, meaning ‘Earth Dumpling’ (because they are made from earth). theecologist.org/2011/may/04/what-seedbomb